ERIC Number: ED316736
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988
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Data Bases in Vocational Education and Training. The European Scene.
European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training, Berlin (West Germany).
This study of public access databases in vocational education and training was conducted in the European Economic Community (EEC). Principal sources for the study were a survey sent to practitioners in eight countries; country studies on France, Greece, Italy, and the United Kingdom; and field work involving visits to Belgium, the Netherlands, West Germany, Ireland, and Spain. About 40 databases and information services in 9 EEC countries were investigated, many of which are both accessible to the public and are also processed electronically. The study found that the content of the databases includes description of qualifiers, university courses and courses leading to qualifications, short courses, training institutions and training resources, career guidance and details of occupations, open learning materials, legislation on vocational education and training, and funding available for training. It also found that public access databases typically need substantial funding and are nearly always supported by public funding. Nevertheless, information provided was fragmented, there was no common pattern of database sponsors and operators, and database operators were isolated from each other. The study also described the main aspects of computerized databases in the context of their content and target clients, the design features of databases, the main issues relating to the demand for training information, and the transfer of information among databases. A possible strategy for the EEC was suggested. (Appendices list the databases visited and provide a glossary of terms and acronyms.) (KC)
Descriptors: Access to Information, Databases, Educational Resources, Foreign Countries, Information Centers, Information Retrieval, Information Services, Information Storage, Job Training, Online Systems, Postsecondary Education, Secondary Education, User Needs (Information), Vocational Education
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Authoring Institution: European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training, Berlin (West Germany).