September 5, 2018

VET Teacher Education in Germany: can it be a model for other countries?

Seminar with Dr. Thomas Deißinger, University of Konstanz, Germany
Wednesday, September 5th | 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. | PCOH 2012

Vocational education and training (VET), above all in Europe, provides a variety of different approaches to the problem of skill formation and integration. The same is obvious when we look at teacher training for VET since the way teachers are recruited depends crucially on the basic “philosophy” of the respective VET system. Germany’s approach is strongly based on university qualifications for technical and business teachers on the Master level enabling the holder to become a life-long civil servant in one of the federal states of the country.

A current Erasmus plus “Capacity Building” project labelled “Improving Teacher Education for Applied Learning” (2016 – 2018), under the consortium leadership of the University of Konstanz, aims at supporting Ukrainian universities with ideas and instruments to overcome the weaknesses of their teacher education system. One of the issues is to deal with the low reputation of teacher education in general and the VET system in particular against a strong “meritocratic” educational tradition typical of all former republics of the Soviet Union. The focus of the project is to understand and deal with the deficits of pedagogical training in this field and, above all, tackle the problem of too little structured practice and internship periods within teacher training courses in the Ukrainian partner universities of the project.

The presentation will discuss chances but also obstacles to “transfer” principles of the German VET teacher system to an obviously different cultural and political context.