Safford, Kimberly; Cooper, Deborah; Wolfenden, Freda and Chitsulo, Joyce
‘Give courage to the ladies’: expansive apprenticeship for women in rural Malawi.
Journal of Vocational Education & Training, 65(2) pp. 193–207.
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Apprenticeship in developed and industrialised nations is increasingly understood as a theory of learning which connects workplace activity and formal study. The concept of ‘expansive apprenticeship’ defines frameworks for workforce development where participants acquire knowledge and skills which will help them in the future as well as in their current roles, whilst ‘restrictive’ apprenticeships limit opportunities for wider, lifelong learning. In developing nations apprenticeship is a traditional route to learning and employment, but apprenticeships in these contexts tend to reflect a restrictive approach characterized by narrowly defined roles and weak educational outcomes. This paper examines a project in Malawi which uses concepts of expansive apprenticeship to address barriers to female continuing education and chronic teacher shortages. The Malawi Access to Teaching Scholarship recruited one thousand women to follow a year-long combined programme of academic distance study and practical work experience in rural primary schools. The aim is to increase the numbers of women teachers in Malawi, especially in rural areas. The Scholarship materials and support structures are designed to move participants from restrictive to expansive contexts for learning so that Scholars develop hybrid roles as students, community workers and apprentice pedagogues. The programme’s resources and approach offer an innovative model of expansive apprenticeship in Sub Saharan Africa.
||2013 The Vocational Aspect of Education Ltd
|External Project Funding Details:
|Funded Project Name||Project ID||Funding Body|
|Not Set||Not Set||Teacher Education in Sub Saharan Africa (TESSA)|
|Not Set||Not Set||Government of Scotland|
||VET and development; teacher training; philosophy of VET;
workplace learning; adult learning; vocational education & training; gender and learning; learning in life & work transitions; VET and economic development
||Education and Language Studies > Education
|Interdisciplinary Research Centre:
||Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET)
||26 Apr 2012 15:23
||18 Feb 2014 23:19
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