The current literatures point out that vocational education at high school places more emphasis on cultivating workers and this leads to a neglect of citizenship cultivation. Moreover, the literature about political participation demonstrats students at vocational schools shows less civic participation than students at academic schools. Inspired by these literatures, this research aims 1) to explore students’ experience on citizenship education at vocational high school; 2) to explicate how their citizenship education experience relates to orientation of worker cultivation at vocational schools; and 3) to understand how vocational school students practice citizenship at current stage. By conducting participatory observation and depth interview, this research argues there are three main reasons for the current low performance in citizenship education at vocational schools. Firstly, students identify themselves as “the other” in mainstream diplomaism culture and this other identity leads to their alienation to general education course. Secondly, the worker cultivation at vocational schools are highly oriented by the master-apprentice culture primarily characterized by privatized relationship, which is contrary to the democratic citizen cultivation. Thirdly, due to the lack of appropriate training for participation skills, the students self-governance organizations doesn’t function well to develop democratic participation. To conclude, although students don’t act as participatory citizen, but students are not subject citizen as well. This research argues students at vocational schools practice citizenship as cynical citizen, who constantly resist and avoid governing power but fail to challenge the governing institution.
|Effective start/end date||2017/08/01 → 2018/07/31|
- vocational education
- citizen cultivation
- master-apprentice culture
- cynical citizen
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