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Institute of Education

Philipp Gonon

Philipp Gonon, Prof. Dr.

  • Emeritierter Professor für Berufsbildung / Professor Emeritus of Vocational Education and Training (2004-2021)
Kantonsschulstrasse 3, 8001 Zürich
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Research focus

  • International comparative approach to VET and Further Education
  • Philosophy and History of (Vocational) Education
  • Quality assurance and Evaluation

Curriculum vitae

Since 2021 Prof. em. at the Institute of Education, part-time engaged, University of Zurich
2016-2019 Director of the Institute of Education, University of Zurich
2011     Guest Professor at the University of Vienna, Institute of Education
2010 Call for professorship at the University of Luxembourg
Since 2004 Professor for VET and Teacher Training at the University of Zürich
1999-2004 Appointed for a Chair of Life Long Learning at the University of Trier (Germany)
1997 Senior Lecturer and Habilitation about the International Argument in VET-Reforms at the University in Bern
1993 Visiting scholar at the Institute of Education, University of London
1986-1992 Research Assistant and Lecturer at the University of Bern.
PhD Thesis, about Georg Kerschensteiner, School and Work
1982-1986 Research projects in the field of workplace learning and earning biographies at the University of Bern (Switzerland).
Part-time Job as a Teacher in General Subjects at a Vocational School in Zürich
1976-1982 Graduated in Pedagogy (in Zürich) after Studies of Education (in Berlin and Zürich)
1974-1976 Studied Law and Journalism at the University in Fribourg (Switzerland)

Editing work & Association memberships

  • Co-editor: Peter Lang-Book Series, Studies in Vocational and Continuing Education
  • Editor: Report, Zeitschrift für Weiterbildungsforschung
  • Member of the editorial board of The Journal of Vocational Education and Training
  • Member of the editorial board of Vocations and Learning – Studies in Vocational and Professional Education
  • Member of the German Society of Education (DGFE), Section: Berufs- und Wirtschaftspädagogik
  • Member of INAP (Network Innovative Apprenticeship)


Recent Publication

Ph. Gonon (2023): Ein Handwerk studieren oder die Revision der Berufsbildung, hep Verlag.

Book Review (PDF, 667 KB)

Presentations (Videos)

  • Philipp Gonon & Lorenzo Bonoli Keynote ECER Geneva 2021 (7.09.2021)

  • E learnnig Summit