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Virolainen, M.; Persson Thunqvist, D. – Journal of Vocational Education and Training, 2017
The Nordic countries are often referred to as a group even though their education systems and training models are very different. The aim of this study is to advance understanding of those differences and compare the developments and organisation of initial vocational education and training (IVET) in Finland and Sweden since the 1990s as examples…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Vocational Education, Educational Development, Comparative Analysis
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
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Virolainen, Maarit Hannele; Stenstrom, Marja-Leena; Kantola, Mauri – Journal of Vocational Education and Training, 2011
This article examines internships as part of the apprenticeship model of learning adopted in higher education. We focus on employers' views on internships, which have hitherto received only limited attention. Our study explores employers' experiences in organizing internships, and their collaboration with one University of Applied Sciences,…
Descriptors: Strategic Planning, Higher Education, Employer Attitudes, Work Experience