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Missing things and methodological swerves: Unsettling the it-ness of VET

Shore, Sue and Butler, Elaine (2012). Missing things and methodological swerves: Unsettling the it-ness of VET. The International Journal of Training Research,10(3):204-218.

Document type: Journal Article

IRMA ID 82056760xPUB170
Title Missing things and methodological swerves: Unsettling the it-ness of VET
Author Shore, Sue
Butler, Elaine
Journal Name The International Journal of Training Research
Publication Date 2012
Volume Number 10
Issue Number 3
ISSN 1448-0220   (check CDU catalogue open catalogue search in new window)
Scopus ID 2-s2.0-84871208671
Start Page 204
End Page 218
Total Pages 15
Place of Publication Australia
Publisher eContent Management Pty Ltd.
HERDC Category C1 - Journal Article (DIISR)
Abstract This paper argues for approaches to research methodologies that interrupt the machinic metaphors and relationships for living circulating in so much VET research. Using the schematic of ‘cyborg as a figuration’ and Wilson’s (2009) four epistemological interventions (witnessing, situating, diffracting, acquiring) the authors practice a form of ‘materialised refiguration’ (Haraway, 1994) to re-engage with experiences of doing vocational education and training research over more than two decades. The approach manifests as story telling of/for complexity and opens up a research methodology guided by two questions: How are researchers deeply implicated in knowledge-making practices in and of VET? What vocational lives do we make in and through those practices? The aim of this approach is to call into question machinic VET stories as the only way to narrate vocational education and training research/practice. In so doing, the authors affirm hybrid methodological work that invokes vocational education and training researchers as authors-in-themaking of heterogeneous worlds.
Keywords cyborgs
figuration
heterogeneity
machinic VET
vocational education and training
VET epistemologies
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.5172/ijtr.2012.10.3.204   (check subscription with CDU E-Gateway service for CDU Staff and Students  check subscription with CDU E-Gateway in new window)
 
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