ERIC Number: ED478639
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003
Reference Count: N/A
Future Education: Learning the Future. Scenarios and Strategies in Europe. CEDEFOP Reference Series.
van Wieringen, Fons; Sellin, Burkart; Schmidt, Ghislaine
Five research institutes covering five European Union (EU) member states and five Central and Eastern European countries participated in a scenario project designed to improve understanding of vocational education and training (VET) systems in their economic-technological, employment-labor, and training-knowledge environments. The participating research institutes used a six-step iterative procedure to construct scenarios for VET in their respective countries. The scenarios were written using 17 descriptors in 9 categories covering the following contexts/dimensions of VET: (1) economic (restructuring, growth, competition, privatization); (2) social-labor (flexibility/mobility, work/training patterns, inequalities, organization of labor); and (3) training dimension (general skills, in-company training, willingness to invest, lifelong learning). To enhance the scenarios' compatibility, the countries were asked to quantify the descriptors using a 5-point scale. The project generated 27 scenarios that were clustered into 4 groups. Specific country policy strategies were also developed and clustered. The following strategies were deemed particularly relevant to the EU: transparency; flexible providers; modern worker; more training within firms; financially responsible individual; protection; forecasting; and monitoring. (The following items are appended: overviews of "national" scenarios and strategies; descriptions of the scenario/strategy methods; overarching scenarios on VET systems' convergence or divergence in Europe; and lists of 9 country reports and 38 references.) (MN)
Descriptors: Adjustment (to Environment), Comparative Education, Cooperative Planning, Delivery Systems, Economic Climate, Economic Development, Educational Change, Educational Environment, Educational Planning, Educational Policy, Educational Trends, Futures (of Society), International Cooperation, Labor Market, National Programs, Policy Formation, Social Environment, Strategic Planning, Technological Advancement, 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).