Countering the Risks of Vocationalisation in Master’s Programmes in International Development

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Publication Article, peer reviewed scientific
Title Countering the Risks of Vocationalisation in Master’s Programmes in International Development
Author(s) Denskus, Tobias ; Esser, Daniel E.
Date 2015
English abstract
We review the ontological and pedagogical origins of International Development graduate education in the context of increasing pressures to ‘professionalise’ graduate curricula. We apply Giroux’s concept of ‘vocationalisation’ to argue that professionalisation risks undermining the field’s intellectual foundations in an elusive quest to equip students with functional rather than intellectual skills. Acknowledging ever-growing competition among graduates for gainful employment in this sector, we argue that instructors of International Development should recommit to the field’s reflective tradition by creating spaces for transformative education and develop a repoliticised ethos that critically engages global capitalism
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.3167/latiss.2015.080205 (link to publisher's fulltext)
Publisher Berghahn
Host/Issue Learning and Teaching;2
Volume 8
ISSN 1755-2281
Pages 72-85
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) International development
Vocationalisation
Education
Humanities/Social Sciences
Research Subject Categories::SOCIAL SCIENCES
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/19491 (link to this page)

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