This paper argues that the role of vocational education and training in development needs to be considered from a theoretical standpoint. Current approaches in vocational education are outdated. Recent theoretical thinking about development offer a new perspective through which to understand the value of vocational education and its role in developing countries. There is a paucity of research into TVET. In particular, research into its theoretical foundations is particularly lacking. The implications for implementing TVET programmes in developing programmes needs to be readdressed in light of recent approaches to human rights, capabilities and human development.
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