ERIC Number: ED419976
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
Reference Count: N/A
Strategies for Innovation in Vocational Education and Training Reform. Subgroup A. Final Report.
McDaniel, Olaf C.
Vocational education and training (VET) systems and their institutions should be highly directed toward innovation, but the position of VET in existing educational systems does not automatically enhance innovation. Within the existing educational systems, innovation in VET has to overcome a number of problems; the literature also indicates factors that could further hamper the conditions for innovation. One factor remains the same across all VET systems: the level that should execute the innovation should be doing so either because they are convinced, loyal, rewarded, or forced to do so. Responses of experts at a conference held in Bled, Slovenia, indicate the following: the expected "positive" elements (convincing for institutions) score relatively lower than the expected"negative" elements; institutions are somewhat more active as initiators of change than government or social partners; failure of innovative processes is caused by a lack of time for implementation, insufficient staff preparation, lack of extra funds, or lack of feedback; and institutional support for innovation is of vital importance. Conference participants believe the issue of key actors' involvement is of vital importance and the importance of personnel policies cannot be underestimated. Possibilities for international cooperation are: continuing study, extension to company training, experimentation and supporting innovation, and human resource management policies in VET. (Appendixes include terminology, participants' list, and questionnaire.) (YLB)
Publication Type: Reports - General; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: European Training Foundation, Turin (Italy).
Identifiers - Location: European Union