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ERIC Number: EJ768169
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 16
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 51
ISSN: ISSN-0040-0912
"Making Schools Practical": Practice Firms and Their Function in the Full-Time Vocational School System in Germany
Deissinger, Thomas
Education & Training, v49 n5 p364-379 2007
Purpose: To provide information and insight into the potential of reforms in full-time vocational education and training (VET) (practice firms in vocational colleges) in contrast with apprenticeships against the background of training market frictions in Germany. Design/methodology/approach: Structural information on the German VET system; empirical study (2006) within a research project to illustrate the didactical and social benefits of practice firms. Findings: Underlines that vocational colleges and practice firms within them are part of a "preparatory" system which predominantly serves further education needs and the follow-up intention to undertake an apprenticeship; confirms preceding research which put them in line with the "typical" full-time VET system. Research implications/limitations: Limitations are due to the focus on one type of full-time VET and the specific conditions in the federal state of Baden-Wurttemberg. Practical implications: Provides useful information to understand the nature of VET in a given country; insight into the limitations of full-time VET can help teachers to rethink co-operation with companies in general. Originality/value: Useful contribution to rethinking VET policy and to understanding limitations in the wake of an implementation of new forms of vocational learning against the background of culturally-rooted traditions. (Contains 1 table, 2 figures and 4 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Germany