ERIC Number: ED380572
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Creating an International Vocational Education Research Linkage: A Case Study in Communication and Collaboration.
Lasonen, Johanna; Finch, Curtis R.
The international vocational education research collaboration between the University of Jyvaskyla (UJ) and Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (VPISU), which began in 1993, was studied. Information for the case study was gathered from questionnaire and interview data from linkage participants from VPISU, seven UJ researchers, and four administrators. When asked which cultural collaboration competencies were most important, the Finnish respondents emphasized professional expertise and language skills, whereas the U.S. researchers emphasized people-oriented skills. Several major differences between the Finnish and U.S. researchers' working styles were observed; however, all of the respondents stated that they would recommend similar collaborations to others as ways of making international contacts, providing new theoretical perspectives, developing language perspectives, empowering people, and growing professionally. When asked about the extent to which it has served as a catalyst for international communication and research collaboration, the respondents agreed that the highest levels of impact were in the areas of practice change and end results. Recommendations regarding developing/improving international research linkages included the following: assign one person at each institution to coordinate the linkage; assess the linkage regularly; and identify the financial and human resource costs of establishing linkages in advance. (Contains 19 references.) (MN)
Descriptors: Case Studies, Comparative Analysis, Cultural Exchange, Educational Research, Foreign Countries, Higher Education, International Cooperation, International Educational Exchange, Linking Agents, Participant Satisfaction, Partnerships in Education, Program Development, Program Effectiveness, Vocational Education
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Location: Finland; United States