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Teacher education, vocationalisation and the global approach to develop core skills for work

Annual symposium at the Faculty of Education and International Studies, OsloMet – Oslo Metropolitan University.

Place: Pilestredet 42, Q1015 Date and time: Thursday 8. November 2018 08:30 - 15.00

Professor Lazaro Moreno Herrera, State secretary Rebekka Borsch, Deputy Head R&D Martin Bayer, and Senior Programme Expert Jens Liebe

The symposium aims to address the need to search for new understandings of learning and new pedagogical practices in relation to vocational education and the global call for a renewed focus on skills. In addressing this aim, we are reminded of Reisman’s (1956) caution to not simply follow the head, but instead to recognize our mandate in which we are focused on professional education. How can for instance the popularity of “ WorldSkills” (the global hub for skills excellence and development) competitions inspire didactical practices in general?

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Live stream

Please be informed that the symposium will be live streamed.

Watch the stream on OsloMet's YouTube channel.


08:30:  Registration,  serving of coffee/tea.

Moderator: Professor/ Vice-Dean of Research Halla B. Holmarsdottir, OsloMet – Oslo Metropolitan University.

08:45:  Welcome .

  • Rector Curt Rice.
  • Dean Sarah J. Paulson.

09:00: Opening speech.

  • State Secretary Rebekka Borsch, Ministry of Education and Research.

09:15:  Tackling global challenges with local action: Networking as a strategic resource in TVET

  • Jens Liebe, Senior Programme Expert, UNESCO-UNEVOC.

10:00:  Coffee/tea.

10:30: Keynote speaker:  Vocational Education & Training (VET) and employability in current labour market landscape - Challenges and Potentialities 

  • Professor Lazaro Moreno Herrera, University of Stockholm.

11:30:  Vocational Teacher’s Cultures in Boundary Learning from School to Work

  • Associate Professor Hedvig Skonhoft Johannesen, OsloMet – Oslo Metropolitan University.

12:00:  Lunch.

13:00:  Teacher Education between Research, Practice and Person

  • Deputy Head R&D Martin Bayer, University College Copenhagen.

13:30:  Rethinking digital and analogue skills in near future vocational teacher education

  • Professor Leif Christian Lahn, University of Oslo and OsloMet – Oslo Metropolitan University.

14:10:  Skills for Work and Life

  • Professor Simon McGrath, UNESCO Chair in International Education and Development, Director of Research and Knowledge Exchange School of Education.

14:50: Summing up

  • Professor/ Vice-Dean of Research Halla B. Holmarsdottir, OsloMet.

15:00:  Reception.

  • Serving of light refreshments. 


Please register within 5 November.