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Small, Lynlea; Shacklock, Kate; Marchant, Teresa – Journal of Vocational Education and Training, 2018
Higher education institutions are under pressure to produce employable graduates who are required to contribute to the sustainability of strong economic growth and development. As such, the onus is on the higher education sector to present graduates to the labour market who are both work ready and have attained employability. This article…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Stakeholders, Employment Potential, Employment Practices
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van Houten, Maarten Matheus – Journal of Vocational Education and Training, 2018
The Netherlands has a binary higher education system in which academic education and higher professional education at EQF levels 5-8 co-exist. There is also secondary vocational education at EQF levels 1 up to 4. In this paper, I analyse policy documents resulting from the Bologna Process and argue that under neo-liberal conditions, higher…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Vocational Education, Higher Education, Professional Education
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Barber, Tracy; Netherton, Clare – Journal of Vocational Education and Training, 2018
Research was undertaken to understand the experiences of students entering the University of Technology Sydney through vocational education pathways, with the aim of improving transition support for these students. A theme which emerged was the pivotal role played by the students' vocational education teachers in facilitating their students'…
Descriptors: Vocational Education, Higher Education, Student Role, Vocational Education Teachers
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Edeling, Sabrina; Pilz, Matthias – Journal of Vocational Education and Training, 2017
A striking number of young people in Germany with the Abitur--the qualification required for entry to higher education--do not, in fact, go on to university immediately after leaving school but opt first to do an apprenticeship. This phenomenon, where general and vocational curricula are taught independently and separately, is known as the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Qualifications, Apprenticeships, Student Surveys
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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
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Webb, Sue; Bathmaker, Ann-Marie; Gale, Trevor; Hodge, Steven; Parker, Stephen; Rawolle, Shaun – Journal of Vocational Education and Training, 2017
This article explores the issue of social mobility in relation to the recent expansion of higher vocational education (HIVE) by non-university providers. The post-school vocational education sector has become the object of policies to widen access to higher education to ensure greater social mobility and provide second chance education to those…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Vocational Education, Social Mobility, Disadvantaged
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Jørgensen, Christian Helms – Journal of Vocational Education and Training, 2017
Upper secondary vocational education in Denmark is based on the apprenticeship model, which is recognised as a valuable route to employment for young people, who are not aiming for higher education. However, the apprenticeship model has a major weakness: it does not provide eligibility for higher education. The purpose of this article is to…
Descriptors: Apprenticeships, Higher Education, Vocational Education, Foreign Countries
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Wheelahan, Leesa; Moodie, Gavin – Journal of Vocational Education and Training, 2017
The links between vocational qualifications and occupational destinations are weak in many Anglophone countries, even though the explicit purpose of vocational qualifications is to prepare individuals for occupations. Using Australia and Canada as case studies, this is explained at three levels of analysis: at the national level by systems of…
Descriptors: Vocational Education, Employment Qualifications, Case Studies, Education Work Relationship
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Graf, Lukas – Journal of Vocational Education and Training, 2016
Austria, Germany and Switzerland are renowned for their extensive systems of collective vocational skill formation, which, however, have developed largely in separation from higher education. This divide has become increasingly contested as a result of a variety of socioeconomic factors that have led to an increasing demand for higher level…
Descriptors: Models, Cross Cultural Studies, Vocational Education, Higher Education
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Beicht, Ursula; Walden, Günter – Journal of Vocational Education and Training, 2015
In Germany, social background has a strong influence on school performance in the general educational system. Children from lower social classes have fewer opportunities to gain higher school leaving certificates. In this paper, we ask the question if social selectivity is also present in the German system of vocational education and training.…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Vocational Education, Socioeconomic Background, Social Stratification
Khaled, Anne; Gulikers, Judith; Biemans, Harm; van der Wel, Marjan; Mulder, Martin – Journal of Vocational Education and Training, 2014
The intentions with which hands-on simulations are used in vocational education are not always clear. Also, pedagogical-didactic approaches in hands-on simulations are not well conceptualised from a learning theory perspective. This makes it difficult to pinpoint the added value that hands-on simulations can have in an innovative vocational…
Descriptors: Vocational Education, Competence, Educational Innovation, Curriculum Development
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
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
Dismore, Harriet – Journal of Vocational Education and Training, 2014
The credential landscape of vocational and higher education in the UK has expanded in recent years, alongside a rise in the number of students undertaking qualifications and a steady increase in tuition fees. The transition from an apprenticeship to higher education is one example of the progression from vocational to higher education. However,…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Apprenticeships, Vocational Education, Higher Education
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Huang, Rong; Turner, Rebecca; Chen, Qian – Journal of Vocational Education and Training, 2014
Graduate employability and the contribution graduates make to the UK economy have been widely debated by policy-makers; however, little attention has been paid to the employability of international students. Given the growing significance of international students to the UK economy this is an interesting oversight; this article addresses this…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Foreign Students, Higher Education, Employment Potential
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