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ERIC Number: EJ965048
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1363-6820
Modularisation of Vocational Training in Germany, Austria and Switzerland: Parallels and Disparities in a Modernisation Process
Pilz, Matthias
Journal of Vocational Education and Training, v64 n2 p169-183 2012
This article considers the modularisation of initial vocational training (including apprenticeships) as a modernisation strategy in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Training systems are similarly structured in these three countries with the apprenticeship system at their heart, and the three national philosophies of education and training are largely comparable. The approach in each country will be outlined and the three will then be compared in terms of the background to modularisation, key drivers and decision-making procedures, and forms and intensity of modularisation. The article concludes that in all three countries, technical and organisational change and greater labour market flexibility are driving the pressure to modularise. While the educational policy players and modalities differ, all three countries have adopted a form of modularisation that is limited in terms of its scope and how radical it is. The article proposes a concept that enables training to be modularised while leaving intact a country's existing training philosophy and Berufskonzept, a German concept that embodies the extent to which workers internalise an occupational identity. (Contains 8 notes and 3 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Austria; Germany; Switzerland