ERIC Number: ED418235
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998
Reference Count: N/A
The Occupational Structure of Further and Higher Education in Ireland and the Netherlands. CEDEOP Document.
Borghans, Lex; Hughes, Gerard; Smits, Wendy
The occupational structures of higher education in Ireland and the Netherlands were compared. First, the occupational domain of Irish types of education were compared with the occupational domain of Dutch education. Next, a similarity index was used to investigate the overlap on the labor market of different types of education within each country. The analyses were based on the Irish Census of Population and the Dutch Labour Force Survey. The main differences between the Irish and Dutch educational systems were found to arise from the focus on vocational education in the Netherlands and the focus on general education in Ireland. Because the Irish and Dutch occupational classifications were both strongly influenced by the 1968 International Standard Classification of Occupations, a common occupational classification was developed for both ununtries. It was discovered that 11% of Ireland's labor force and 19% of the Netherlands' labor force have higher educational qualifications. Important differences in the relative size of selected occupations and the participation of individuals with a higher education in individual occupations in each country were also found. (Appended are the following: common occupational classification; 11 tables of similarities between levels; and similarities between Dutch and Irish types of education.) (MN)
Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, Curriculum Design, Education Work Relationship, Employment Qualifications, Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Postsecondary Education, Vocational Education
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Authoring Institution: European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training, Thessaloniki (Greece).
Identifiers: Ireland; Netherlands; Occupational Structure