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ERIC Number: EJ1127762
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 26
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-2197-8646
Finnish Vocational Education and Training in Comparison: Strengths and Weaknesses
Virolainen, Maarit; Stenström, Marja-Leena
International Journal for Research in Vocational Education and Training, v1 n2 p81-106 2014
The study investigates how the Finnish model of providing initial vocational education and training (IVET) has succeeded in terms of enhancing educational progress and employability. A relatively high level of participation in IVET makes the Finnish model distinctive from those of three other Nordic countries: Denmark, Norway and Sweden. All four Nordic countries have well-organised labour markets and universal types of welfare states. Priority is given to goals related to equal opportunities and social inclusion. At the same time, these countries have different models of IVET. While the study compares the Finnish model of organising IVET to those of other Nordic countries, it also examines the German and UK models, which represent differing societal approaches to IVET. The differences in the outcomes of the IVET systems are described and analysed through reviewing secondary data provided by Eurydice and Eurostat, along with country reports produced in a Nordic comparative project, Nord-VET.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Finland; Denmark; Norway; Sweden; Germany; United Kingdom
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