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Wells, Ryan S.; Bills, David B.; Devlin, Maura E. – Journal of Vocational Education and Training, 2014
This paper investigates early employment influences on postsecondary expectations and enrolment for working men and women who have recently completed high school in the United States. We find that young workers still have very high expectations for postsecondary education, but that women are more likely to enrol. However, this difference is…
Descriptors: Education Work Relationship, Postsecondary Education, Labor Force, Gender Differences
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Hordern, Jim – Journal of Vocational Education and Training, 2014
This paper sets out to examine how vocational knowledge is recontextualised in curricula, pedagogy and workplaces, by learners, and to ensure the availability of valuable and relevant knowledge for vocational practice. Starting from Bernstein's notion of recontextualisation, and with reference to literature in the sociology of educational…
Descriptors: Vocational Education, Learning Theories, Curriculum, Educational Sociology
Chowdhry, Sushila – Journal of Vocational Education and Training, 2014
The British further education (FE) sector has experienced almost continual restructuring as it adapts to simultaneously meet the evolving needs of industry and to tackle social injustice. Studies examining the work of FE lecturers suggest that they have become alienated and stressed by loss of autonomy and work intensification. This paper…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Adult Education, Qualitative Research, Case Studies
Pillay, Hitendra; Watters, James J.; Hoff, Lutz; Flynn, Matthew – Journal of Vocational Education and Training, 2014
Internationally, the delivery of vocational education and training is being challenged by increasing skills shortages in certain industries and/or rapidly changing skill requirements. To respond to this challenge, rigid and centralised state bureaucracies are increasingly adopting partnerships between schools and industry as a strategy to…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Case Studies, Vocational Education, Job Skills
Gekara, Victor O.; Snell, Darryn; Chhetri, Prem; Manzoni, Alex – Journal of Vocational Education and Training, 2014
Many countries are adopting market-based training systems to address industry skills needs. This paper examines the marketisation of Australia's training system and the implications for training provision and outcomes in the Transport and Logistics industry. Drawing on qualitative interviews from industry employers and training providers, we…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Employer Attitudes, Training, Commercialization
Taylor, Claire – Journal of Vocational Education and Training, 2014
A qualitative case study was carried out in order to understand the enacted reality for three primary school teaching assistants of the notion of situated learning in relation to Lave and Wenger's concept of communities of practice and their description of legitimate peripheral participation. The case study subjects were studying for a work-based…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Workplace Learning, Communities of Practice, Higher Education
Fries, Jan; Göbel, Christian; Maier, Michael F. – Journal of Vocational Education and Training, 2014
We evaluate the effect of the Apprenticeship Bonus, an employment subsidy programme, on early apprenticeship dropout. Eligibility for the programme is restricted to school leavers who have actively looked for an apprenticeship to start immediately after leaving school, but were unsuccessful in finding one. Our analysis is based on rich survey data…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Apprenticeships, Surveys, Employment Programs
Cooper, Susan; Ord, Jon – Journal of Vocational Education and Training, 2014
This paper is based on research undertaken on the supervised practice of an undergraduate programme of study which leads to both BA (Hons) degree and a professional qualification in youth work in a university in England. Youth work, for those unfamiliar with it, is a form of informal and experiential educational practice with young people often…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Workplace Learning, Undergraduate Study, Undergraduate Students
Lehmann, Wolfgang; Taylor, Alison; Wright, Laura – Journal of Vocational Education and Training, 2014
In Canada, youth apprenticeships have been promoted as an educational alternative that leads to the development of valuable skills, allows for the opportunity to earn an income while learning and helps youth to gain a head start into lucrative, creative and in-demand careers. Yet, these programmes have remained rather marginal and continue to be…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Apprenticeships, High School Students, Student Surveys
Li, Yiqiong; Sheldon, Peter – Journal of Vocational Education and Training, 2014
This article examines collaborative initiatives individual foreign-invested enterprises (FIEs) develop with China's vocational education and training (VET) schools amid localised shortages of skilled workers. It thus focuses on employer initiatives in responding to VET system weaknesses rather than, as is common, those weaknesses. Using Suzhou…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Vocational Education, Labor Market, Skilled Workers
Achtenhagen, Frank; Winther, Esther – Journal of Vocational Education and Training, 2014
As a consequence of the large-scale assessment studies (TIMMS; PISA) in compulsory schooling, attention is now being given to the modelling and measurement of competencies in initial vocational education and training. This new output-led perspective of teaching/training and learning/working processes demands new approaches to research. Using the…
Descriptors: Vocational Education, Business Administration Education, Comparative Education, Global Approach
Chadderton, Charlotte; Wischmann, Anke – Journal of Vocational Education and Training, 2014
In this paper, we consider the issue of the under-representation of young people from minority ethnic/migrant backgrounds in apprenticeships in England and Germany. Whilst there are many studies on apprenticeships in England and Germany, few focus on under-representation or discrimination, even fewer on ethnic under-representation, and there are…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Disproportionate Representation, Minority Groups, Migrants
Fenwick, Tara – Journal of Vocational Education and Training, 2014
In studies of professional learning, the rise of sociomaterial accounts draw attention to the political importance of nonhuman as well as human actors, the material as well as discursive, as inter-related in knowing and action. Of particular relevance to the issue of inter-professional work in health services, some researchers have argued that…
Descriptors: Workplace Learning, Paraprofessional Personnel, Learning Theories, Vocational Education
Kap, Hrvoje – Journal of Vocational Education and Training, 2014
Comparative studies of vocational education and training systems rarely conduct systematic comparisons of the content of educational programmes, partly because of methodological difficulties. Yet, comparing the organisation of curricula can increase our understanding of how programme design reflects orientation towards various life chances in…
Descriptors: Vocational Education, Foreign Countries, Comparative Education, Curriculum
Cavanagh, Jillian; Southcombe, Amie; Bartram, Tim – Journal of Vocational Education and Training, 2014
This study examines the role and impact of collaborative learning on training and development practices in Australian Men's Sheds. We use a case study approach, underpinned by Peters and Armstrong's theoretical framework of collaborative learning in adult education, to investigate five Men's Sheds. Semi-structured interviews were carried out with…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Cooperative Learning, Vocational Education, Males
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