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ERIC Number: EJ879910
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 19
ISSN: ISSN-1363-9080
Structural Decoupling between the VET and the Employment Systems: Challenges Manifested in Assessment of Practical Training
Umarik, Meril; Loogma, Krista; Hinno, Krista
Journal of Education and Work, v23 n2 p145-160 2010
This article aims to analyse how structural decoupling, which is an especially relevant problem for school-based vocational education and training (VET) systems, reveals itself in the assessment of practical training. Niklas Luhmann's social system theory has been applied to the analysis of assessment practices as a communication act between the VET and the employment systems. This analysis is based on empirical data gathered by semi-structured interviews of different stakeholders in the assessment process from two fields of the VET system--the training of nurses and of information technology (IT) specialists. The analysis explores several problems in assessment practices, including fictitious assessment practices, low quality of training and motivation of workplace trainers, and also the lack of correspondence between the school curriculum and the competence base needed in the real workplace. In this study, some of these challenges are explained by communication disruptions in Luhmann's sense and the others by the structural decoupling between the VET and the employment systems.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Estonia