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ERIC Number: EJ801368
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 8
ISSN: ISSN-0309-0590
Ways toward a European Vocational Education and Training Space: A "Bottom-Up" Approach
Blings, Jessica; Spottl, Georg
Journal of European Industrial Training, v32 n2-3 p157-170 2008
Purpose: This paper seeks to concentrate on bottom-up approaches in order to promote a European vocational education and training (VET) concept. The overall aim of this article is to demonstrate that sophisticated approaches still have a chance of becoming common practice in European countries. Design/methodology/approach: The centre of the article is the discussion of a core occupational profile called ECO-recycler, which tends to be an alternative to the discussion of a uniform European Qualification Framework. The method of participatory discourse is applied in order to shape a VET space jointly with European partners. However, the partnership should not only discuss an abstract level because the implementation of the ECO-recycler is the main target of the discourse and it will be demonstrated how it works. Findings: After the clarification of a bottom-up approach, the implementation process of a core occupational profile in the partner countries is described. Research limitations/implications: The empirical approach for the creation of work process based core occupational profiles will be offered. Practical implications: European policies must be changed if these approaches are pursued. Originality/value: This article offers an alternative to existing European policy and will be of interest to those in the field. (Contains 4 figures and 2 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A