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Toppin, Ian – International Journal for Research in Vocational Education and Training, 2018
The context of this study was to examine factors contributing to significant workforce shortages in building trades in the United States. As it is, recruitment of qualified skilled trades workers is becoming increasingly difficult due to lack of a pipeline of prospective workers, and training programs. The study assumed a theoretical inquiry…
Descriptors: Building Trades, Labor Force Development, Vocational Education, Construction Industry
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Avis, James – International Journal for Research in Vocational Education and Training, 2018
Purpose: The paper explores the relationship between vocational education and training (VET), the labour market and social justice in the current conjuncture. Approach: The paper adopts an approach rooted in critical policy analysis. It consequently sets the discussion within the wider socio-economic and political context. Such an approach enables…
Descriptors: Social Justice, Labor Market, Social Change, Vocational Education
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Pfeiffer, Sabine – International Journal for Research in Vocational Education and Training, 2018
Context: Germany is seen as one of the major players in developing what is known as "Industry 4.0". Especially in the manufacturing and the automotive sector, the vocational training system is seen as a precondition and consequence alike for the global success of these sectors. Current research though characterizes production work,…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Vocational Education, Manufacturing, Automation
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Gessler, Michael – International Journal for Research in Vocational Education and Training, 2017
On the macro level (federal level) and exo level (state or regional level), the German Dual Apprenticeship System shows a high degree of institutionalised collaboration. However, the companies and vocational schools on the meso level (institutional level and level of the actors), in contrast, are just loosely coupled with a dominant partner (i.e.,…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Apprenticeships, School Business Relationship, Educational History
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Aspøy, Tove Mogstad; Nyen, Torgeir – International Journal for Research in Vocational Education and Training, 2017
Many countries with apprenticeship-based systems of VET face a shortage of apprenticeships. Some countries, including Denmark and Norway, address this supply-demand mismatch by offering alternative school-based routes to vocational qualifications for students not able to secure an apprenticeship. Other countries offer no alternative routes, but…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Apprenticeships, Vocational Education, Job Training
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Rein, Volker – International Journal for Research in Vocational Education and Training, 2017
The steady increase in science-related requirements in operational areas of skilled and managing workforce is influencing worldwide the discourse on shaping professionalization. This article focuses on the compatibility of professional and scientific competence-oriented learning outcomes of qualification programmes within and across the education…
Descriptors: Job Skills, Vocational Education, Higher Education, Competency Based Education
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Loogma, Krista – International Journal for Research in Vocational Education and Training, 2016
The EU represents a transforming educational space, where national and supranational boundaries in educational governance are becoming blurred. The EU has become an important actor in educational governance and an important arena for policy learning and transfer. This paper explores how the process of reshaping the educational space manifests…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Vocational Education, Educational Policy, Educational Change
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Sandirasegarane, Sharmila; Sutermaster, Staci; Gill, Alyssa; Volz, Jennifer; Mehta, Khanjan – International Journal for Research in Vocational Education and Training, 2016
Vocational Education and Training (VET) is offered throughout the world to students of various educational backgrounds and career aspirations in an effort to create a skilled workforce. The structure of VET varies greatly across different fields and countries with high-growth, low-growth, and transitional economies. However, a common critique of…
Descriptors: Vocational Education, Vocational Schools, Entrepreneurship, Context Effect
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Shaw, Angela Joy; Shaw, Kieron John; Blake, Suzanne – International Journal for Research in Vocational Education and Training, 2016
In a global society, all educational sectors need to recognise internationalism as a core, foundational principle. Whilst most educational sectors are taking up that challenge, vocational education and training (VET) is still being pulled towards the national agenda in terms of its structures and systems, and the policies driving it,…
Descriptors: Barriers, Global Approach, Vocational Education, Resistance to Change
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Marhuenda-Fluixá, Fernando; Salvà, Francesca; Saurin, Almudena A. Navas; López, Miriam Abiétar – International Journal for Research in Vocational Education and Training, 2015
Our contribution attempts to review basic vocational education programmes in Spain over the past 25 years. We intend to compare the evolution of these programmes in terms of conception and conditions of delivery in order to find out how different they are as skill-formation and remedial systems, as well as analysing how different political views…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Vocational Education, Educational Trends, Educational Change
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Marhuenda-Fluixá, Fernando; Ros-Garrido, Alicia – International Journal for Research in Vocational Education and Training, 2015
Our contribution attempts to review the development of the field of didactics in Spain in the past 35 years and its contribution to the development and improvement of vocational education and training. We intend to show that the concern of didactics is an issue of great concern (and dispute) in Southern Europe, for which we will use Spain as an…
Descriptors: Vocational Education, Informal Education, Instructional Innovation, Foreign Countries
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Herrera, Lázaro Moreno – International Journal for Research in Vocational Education and Training, 2015
Depending on the perspective and even language, the concept of didactics is defined in different ways. The debate about conceptualization, particularly concerning the equivalence in English of what in other languages, specifically Germanic and Latin languages, is termed "didactics", is well documented in the research literature. There is…
Descriptors: Vocational Education, Teaching Methods, Learning Processes, Cross Cultural Studies
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Gessler, Michael; Moreno Herrera, Lázaro – International Journal for Research in Vocational Education and Training, 2015
The design of vocational didactics has to meet special requirements. Six core assumptions are identified: outcome orientation, cultural-historical embedding, horizontal structure, vertical structure, temporal structure, and the changing nature of work. Different approaches and discussions from school-based systems (Spain and Sweden) and dual…
Descriptors: Vocational Education, Comparative Education, Instructional Design, Educational Innovation
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Andersson, Ingela; Wärvik, Gun-Britt; Thång, Per-Olof – International Journal for Research in Vocational Education and Training, 2015
The article explores the major features of the Swedish Government's new initiative--a school based Upper Secondary Apprenticeship model. The analyses are guided by activity theory. The analysed texts are part of the parliamentary reform-making process of the 2011 Upper Secondary School reform. The analyses unfold how the Government, the Swedish…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Apprenticeships, Secondary Education, Educational Change
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Monnier, Moana – International Journal for Research in Vocational Education and Training, 2015
Demands related to the frequency of and time required for interactional tasks in everyday occupational routines are continuously growing. When it comes to qualifying a person's ability to interact with others, two prototypical concepts are often used: social competences and emotional intelligence. In connection to discussions about curriculum…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Definitions, Emotional Intelligence, Social Development