ERIC Number: ED374326
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993
Reference Count: N/A
Producing and Certifying Vocational Qualifications. Publication Series B: Theory into Practice 83.
Makinen, Raimo, Ed.; Taalas, Matti, Ed.
This publication consists of 14 selected papers prepared for an international workshop on the problems and relationship between producing vocational competencies for skilled-worker level occupations and controlling and certifying these competencies. Part I outlines the production life and labor market contexts of vocational training and certification and discusses some problems of education/employment match in an age of recession and demands for occupational flexibility. The two papers in part I are as follows: "Working Life Background of Occupations and Certification of Vocational Competence" (Makinen) and "Society, Education, and Vocational Competencies: Towards Flexible Society of Continuous Adult Education" (Rinne, Kivinen). Part II contains descriptions and analyses of the present status and developments of the vocational training and certification systems in Finland, Germany, the Netherlands, England and Wales, Scotland, and the United States." The seven papers are: "Producing and Certifying Vocational Competence in Finland at Present and in the Future" (Melametsa); "Defining and Producing Vocational Competence--The UK Experience" (Handley); "Vocational Education and Training in Scotland" (Seddon); "Qualification, Competence, and Certification in the Modular Vocational Education in the Netherlands" (Streumer); "Some Essentials of the Dual System of Vocational Training in Germany" (Reisse); "The German System of Assessment and Certification in Vocational Training" (Reisse); and "Certification of Occupational Skills and Standards: The United States Perspective" (Bunn). In Part III, some general and occupation-specific problems of competence-based examinations and certification of vocational qualifications are discussed in four papers: "Function and Dysfunction of the Certification System: Closed or Open Structures" (Volanen); "Problems of Certification and Examinations in Different Occupations" (Taalas); "Problems of Certification in Some 'Soft' Vocations" (Niikko); and "The Corporate Classroom: Is There a Possibility of Increasing In-service Education in the Sectors of Retail Industry, the Hotel Business, and Catering?" (Puurula). Part IV contains some concluding remarks in Finnish on the topics of the workshop. (YLB)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Competency Based Education, Developed Nations, Educational Certificates, Employment Qualifications, Foreign Countries, Job Skills, Occupational Tests, Postsecondary Education, Skilled Occupations, Skilled Workers, Standards, Student Certification, Vocational Education
Institute for Educational Research, University of Jyvaskyla, P.O. Box 35, SF-40351, Jyvaskyla, Finland (66 Finnish marks).
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Collected Works - General
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Jyvaskyla Univ. (Finland). Inst. for Educational Research.
Identifiers - Location: Finland; Germany; Netherlands; United Kingdom; United Kingdom (Scotland); United Kingdom (Wales); United States