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Pylväs, Laura; Nokelainen, Petri; Rintala, Heta – Vocations and Learning, 2018
This study examines Finnish apprenticeship training stakeholders' perceptions of vocational expertise and experiences of workplace learning and guidance. The semi-structured interview data was collected in 2015 in two vocational fields: the social and health care services sector (five workplaces) and the technology sector (five workplaces). The…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Apprenticeships, Stakeholders, Vocational Education
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Saló i Nevado, Laia; Pehkonen, Leila – Vocations and Learning, 2018
This study explored what kind of mathematics is needed in cabinetmakers' everyday work and how problem solving is intertwined in it. The informants of the study were four Finnish cabinetmakers and the data consisted of workshop observations, interviews, photos, pictures and sketches made by the participants during the interviews. The data was…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Woodworking, Mathematics Skills, Problem Solving
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Valleala, Ulla Maija; Herranen, Sanna; Collin, Kaija; Paloniemi, Susanna – Vocations and Learning, 2015
Health care organizations are facing rapid changes, frequently involving modification of existing procedures. The case study reported here examined change processes and learning in a health care organization. The organizational change in question occurred in the emergency clinic of a Finnish central hospital where a new action model for…
Descriptors: Organizational Change, Educational Opportunities, Workplace Learning, Case Studies
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Mustonen, Virpi; Hakkarainen, Kai – Vocations and Learning, 2015
The purpose of this study is to analyse the development of two apprentices' adaptive expertise in fingerprint examination across a two-year training program. The apprentices were selected from a large number of candidates to be trained at the Forensic Laboratory of the Finnish National Bureau of Investigation. The problem addressed was how the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Apprenticeships, Expertise, Crime
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Rissanen, Olli; Palonen, Tuire; Pitkänen, Petteri; Kuhn, Gustav; Hakkarainen, Kai – Vocations and Learning, 2013
The purpose of the present study was to examine expertise in magic by interviewing 16 prominent Finnish magicians who were identified earlier through a social network analysis of 120 Finnish magicians. A semi-structured interview was administered that addressed the participants' histories; their relationship to magic, the nature of their…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Social Networks, Expertise, Professional Personnel
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Lappalainen, Sirpa; Lahelma, Elina; Pehkonen, Leila; Isopahkala-Bouret, Ulpukka – Vocations and Learning, 2012
This article analyses how Finnish vocational teachers make sense of the meanings of gender in their work. The context of the study consists of the two most gender segregated environments of vocational education: the female-dominated Sector of Health and Social Services and the male-dominated Sector of Technology and Transport. Our analysis draws…
Descriptors: Vocational Education Teachers, Secondary School Teachers, Teacher Attitudes, Gender Differences
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Hytönen, Kaisa; Hakkarainen, Kai; Palonen, Tuire – Vocations and Learning, 2011
The purpose of the present investigation was to examine young diplomats' socialization to the professional expert culture of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland over a six-month on-job training period, as part of their preparation for service in the diplomatic corps. Using social network analysis, we analyzed departments' internal social…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Social Networks, Public Officials, Work Environment
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Kira, Mari – Vocations and Learning, 2010
The research discussed in this article focuses on workplace learning in industrial manufacturing work. Everyday work episodes contributing to workplace learning are investigated in four companies operating in the Finnish and Swedish package-supplier sectors. The research adopts a qualitative, interpretive approach. Interviews with employees and…
Descriptors: Workplace Learning, Manufacturing Industry, Foreign Countries, Industrial Training
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Virtanen, Anne; Tynjälä, Päivi; Collin, Kaija – Vocations and Learning, 2009
In Finnish VET, students' work experience is explicitly defined as workplace learning, instead of the practice of already learnt skills. Therefore, vocational students' learning periods in the workplace are goal-oriented, guided and assessed. This paper examines the characteristics of students' workplace learning and compares them with the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Vocational Education, Workplace Learning, Comparative Analysis
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Collin, Kaija; Paloniemi, Susanna; Virtanen, Anne; Eteläpelto, Anneli – Vocations and Learning, 2008
This paper analyses and discusses different constraints on workplace learning, vocational development and formation of identity. We ask how the learning and development of vocational identities are related to the various learning constraints and restrictions present in the socio-cultural contexts of the workplace. The study utilizes 20 interviews…
Descriptors: Professional Identity, Questionnaires, Online Surveys, Vocational Education