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Aarkrog, Vibe; Wahlgren, Bjarne – International Journal for Research in Vocational Education and Training, 2017
Social competences are crucial parts of vocational education and training (VET) competences. As part of a development project preparing unskilled young people for VET, an action research project was conducted with the aim of developing a schema for assessing and grading social competences. The development included defining the social competences…
Descriptors: Schemata (Cognition), Interpersonal Competence, Workplace Learning, Vocational Education
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Lecours, Alexandra; Therriault, Pierre-Yves – International Journal for Research in Vocational Education and Training, 2017
Statistics indicate that even if young workers complete vocational training, as a group they are at risk of sustaining injury. It appears that a lack of training in the area of injury prevention may explain some of this effect. Teachers are considered to be key actors in injury-prevention training and in the process of developing students'…
Descriptors: Vocational Education, Phenomenology, Risk, Injuries
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Zenner, Lea; Kumar, Kothandaraman; Pilz, Matthias – International Journal for Research in Vocational Education and Training, 2017
On the one hand, India is a growing economy that needs skilled labour, self-employed entrepreneurs and employees to tackle its economic and social challenges. On the other hand, India faces high unemployment rates, especially among young people. Graduates from industrial training institutes (ITIs) in particular are often facing difficulties in…
Descriptors: Entrepreneurship, Industrial Education, Foreign Countries, Unemployment
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Hiim, Hilde – International Journal for Research in Vocational Education and Training, 2017
This article addresses challenges regarding relevance in vocational education and training (VET) curricula. Recent research on Norwegian VET shows that the educational content is not sufficiently related to the students' needs for qualification in the actual vocations. I will present a new curriculum research project aimed at investigating and…
Descriptors: Vocational Education, Relevance (Education), Curriculum, Foreign Countries
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Cournoyer, Louis; Deschenaux, Frédéric – International Journal for Research in Vocational Education and Training, 2017
Each year, a large number of students aged 25 years and over take part in vocational and education training (VET) programs in the Province of Quebec, Canada. The life experiences of many of these adults are marked by complex psychosocial and professional events, which may have influenced their career decision-making processes. This paper aimed to…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Decision Making, Vocational Education, Adult Students
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Masdonati, Jonas; Fournier, Geneviève; Lahrizi, Imane Z. – International Journal for Research in Vocational Education and Training, 2017
We report the results of qualitative research on adults who enrolled in a vocational and education training (VET) program with the intention of changing their careers. The participants were 30 adults aged between 25 and 45 years. A modified version of the consensual qualitative research method was applied to transcriptions of semi-structured…
Descriptors: Vocational Education, Training, Career Change, Qualitative Research
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Gericke, Erika – International Journal for Research in Vocational Education and Training, 2017
Educational choices, especially the influence of class on these choices have been a subject of lively international debate. However, thus far, there has been little international and comparative research with respect to vocational and education training (VET) decision making from a subject-oriented perspective. This paper considers…
Descriptors: Vocational Education, Qualitative Research, Comparative Analysis, Occupational Information
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Tønder, Anna Hagen; Aspøy, Tove Mogstad – International Journal for Research in Vocational Education and Training, 2017
Since reforms implemented in 1994, vocational education and training (VET) in Norway has been integrated and standardized as part of upper-secondary education. When young people enter upper-secondary education at the age of 15 or 16, they can choose either a vocational programme or a general academic programme. The standard model in vocational…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Vocational Education, Training, Secondary Education
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Duch, Henriette; Andreasen, Karen E. – International Journal for Research in Vocational Education and Training, 2017
In 2010, a mandatory teacher training course was introduced for new vocational college teachers in Denmark. Since then, all vocational teachers have to complete the same course, regardless of practical work experience and educational background. After completion, they apply the knowledge to a very specific practice (i.e., teaching within a…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Vocational Education, College Faculty, Faculty Development
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Pylväs, Laura; Nokelainen, Petri – International Journal for Research in Vocational Education and Training, 2017
This paper examines the perceptions of vocational expertise and school-to-work pathways among WorldSkills Competition (WSC) achievers and their co-workers and employers within the Finnish context. At the biennial international WSC, young people (aged 18-to-23 years) from over 60 countries demonstrate their skills in more than 40 trades.…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Job Skills, Competition, Talent Development
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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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Chen, Peng; Schmidtke, Carsten – International Journal for Research in Vocational Education and Training, 2017
Humanism has never been able to establish a firm place in technical education, which remains predominantly pragmatist in response to industry needs, certification requirements and educational standardisation. However, after a period of decline, humanism has made somewhat of a comeback as part of the movement toward student-centred education.…
Descriptors: Vocational Schools, Technical Education, Postsecondary Education, Humanism
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Bunting, Mette; Halvorsen, Torill Aagot; Moshuus, Geir H. – International Journal for Research in Vocational Education and Training, 2017
Fewer than half of the young people attending vocational institutions in Norway complete their education within the allotted five years. Indeed, many of these students have non-linear paths to completion. However, it is not changes in the dropout rate that make this different from earlier generations but the expansion of formal education and the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Vocational Education, Ethnography, Interviews
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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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