Green skills as the agenda for the competence movement in vocational and professional education

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Abstract

This chapter explores the nature of green skills/competencies and the ways they are included in vocational and professional education in several Asian countries. It argues that the development of a green economy – one that recognises the importance of holistic integration between environment and development – is viewed by many regions and countries as a future-oriented approach; thus green skills should be considered essential competencies to be incorporated into vocational and professional education. The chapter puts forward an approach towards the classification of generic green skills/competencies and presents a model for greening formal vocational and professional education. It argues that although multiple examples of green skills’ inclusion into the curriculum – as well as some emphasis on attitude development – can be identified in the existing practices of vocational and professional education providers, there is a need to implement a holistic framework for greening vocational and professional education based on the suggested model. To achieve greening, a particular emphasis on the development of values and attitudes is required; thus sometimes narrowly interpreted competence-based training should be broadened. A reorientation of vocational and professional education programmes towards the needs of a greener economy (both current and future), would mean that individuals and societies could augment students’ general awareness of environmental issues and develop their readiness for green restructuring. Industry demand is the backbone of competence-based vocational and professional education. However, current industry practices are slowly reorienting towards greening. Therefore, a government’s participation in greening vocational and professional education is crucial. Among many actions that governments can undertake is to stimulate the demand for green skills/competencies through emphasising green innovation and its diffusion in industries. A case study from Hong Kong is presented in the chapter. Copyright © 2017 Springer International Publishing Switzerland.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCompetence-based vocational and professional education: Bridging the worlds of work and education
EditorsMartin MULDER
Place of PublicationSwitzerland
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Pages931-951
ISBN (Print)9783319417110, 9783319417134
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017

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education
industry
Innovation and Diffusion
economy
demand
Hong Kong
restructuring
inclusion
curriculum
participation
society
Values
student

Citation

Pavlova, M. (2017). Green skills as the agenda for the competence movement in vocational and professional education. In M. Mulder (Ed.), Competence-based vocational and professional education: Bridging the worlds of work and education (pp. 931-951). Switzerland: Springer International Publishing.

Keywords

  • Professional education
  • Extracurricular activity
  • Generic skill
  • Green economy
  • Green innovation