Didactics for TVET (2019/2020)

Course code
Name of lecturer
Domenico Lipari
Domenico Lipari
Number of ECTS credits allocated
Academic sector
Language of instruction
Sem. 2A, Sem. 2B

Lesson timetable

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Learning outcomes

By the end of this module, students that will have followed the proposed activities will be able of * knowing, in their main lines, the different contexts of vocational education and training in Italy, * reflecting critically on the meaning of concepts such as didactics, work, training, learning, and on their relationship; * understanding the existing link between culture of work and culture of education; * grasping the existing link between analysis of work practices, training and narration; * analysing work practices which are been narrated; * describing the main features of the professional practices of experts operating in training and education; * describing the main features of a model of "training didactics" inspired by a transformative approach; * connecting the topics to real or simulated educational contexts * reflecting on the course by developing awareness of the implemented learning processes. SPECIFIC TRAINING OBJECTIVES - to know, in their main features, the different contexts of the VET in Italyi; - to critically reflect on the meaning of such concepts as didactics, work, training and learning; - to see the relationships between work practices, training and storytelling; - to describe the main characteristics of a model of “didactics for training” inspired by e reflective rationality and meant to bea way of putting in words the knowledge of experience; - to analyze work practices by using a narrative approach; - to focus on the main characteristics of the practices which are typical of the various professional figures working in different training contexts; - to apply the learned knowledge in real or simulated training contexts; - to establish relationships between the topics and some some real training contexts; - to reflect on the course in order to develop awareness about the activated learning processes.


The course will deal with the following topics:
1) VET didactics
• Definition,
• The fields of educational research,
• Vocational education and training as a specific context for reflecting upon teaching approach,
• the main areas of educational research related with VET,
• competence development.
2) Work related Learning
• Work culture and training culture
• The relationship between learning and work practices and contexts
• Work as learning tool
3) Narrative approach to VET
• Epistemology of practice.
• Work practice and personal experience as sources of knowledge.
• Putting experience in words.
4) Training practices
• The trainer: story of a profession
• Analysis of educational practices
• Transformative teaching approaches in VET and the value of the reflected experience.

- TACCONI, G. (2015). Tra Scuola e lavoro. Una prospettiva didattica sul secondo ciclo del sistema educativo di istruzione e formazione. Roma: LAS; the following chapters only: 2 (L’assetto ordinamentale attuale del secondo ciclo del sistema di istruzione e formazione); 5 (Per una didattica del secondo ciclo) and 6 (Nodi, problemi e prospettive).
- PERRONE, V. (2016). Il lavoro che sarai. Milano: Feltrinelli.
- LEVI P. (1978), La chiave a stella, Einaudi, Torino.
- LIPARI, D. (2014). Storie di formatori. Esperienza, apprendimento, professione. Milano: Franco Angeli.
- FABBRI, L., ROMANO A. (2017). Metodi per l’apprendimento trasformativo. Casi, modelli, teorie. Roma: Carocci.
- Materials made available in the course’s webpage, in the suitable section for the exam.

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Perrone, V. Il lavoro che sarai Feltrinelli 2016
Levi, P. La chiave a stella Einaudi 1978
FABBRI, L., ROMANO A. Metodi per l’apprendimento trasformativo. Casi, modelli, teorie. Carocci 2017
Lipari, D. Storie di formatori. Esperienza, apprendimento, professione Franco Angeli 2014 9788891705372
TACCONI, G. Tra scuola e lavoro. Una prospettiva didattica sul secondo ciclo del sistema educativo di istruzione e formazione LAS 2015 9788821311895

Assessment methods and criteria

The learning assessment will be made for all students though three different examination types:
- analysis of a written student's portfolio (up to 10 points),
- a written examination with 3 essay questions to assess the acquired knowledge (up to 12 points); 1 essay question to assess deep understanding and metacognitive skills (up to 8 points).