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de Grip, Andries; Pleijers, Astrid – Vocations and Learning, 2019
Although workshop attendance appears to be as high as participation in training, this paper is the first study in the educational science, human resource management and labour economics literature that explores the drivers of workshop attendance among the working population. In our analysis of the Dutch Adult Education Survey, we find that…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Workshops, Training, Professional Development
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Biemans, Harm; Mariën, Hans; Fleur, Erik; Beliaeva, Tanya; Harbers, Jan – Vocations and Learning, 2019
Continuing learning pathways have been proposed as curriculum design solutions to reduce student drop-out rates and to promote their transitions to successive levels of the educational system. The present study aimed to compare the effects of a specific continuing learning pathway in Dutch VET (the Green Lyceum or GL, which combines a lower…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Vocational Education, Prevocational Education, Secondary School Students
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Hulsbos, Frank Arnoud; Evers, Arnoud Theodoor; Kessels, Joseph Willem Marie – Vocations and Learning, 2016
In recent years policy makers' interest in the professional development of school leaders has grown considerably. Although we know some aspect of formal educational programs for school leaders, little is known about school leaders' incidental and non-formal learning in the workplace. This study aims to grasp what workplace learning activities…
Descriptors: Workplace Learning, Leaders, Secondary Schools, Semi Structured Interviews
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Biemans, Harm; Mariën, Hans; Fleur, Erik; Tobi, Hilde; Nieuwenhuis, Loek; Runhaar, Piety – Vocations and Learning, 2016
To improve students' transitions between successive educational levels, continuing learning pathways are being designed and implemented in many countries. This study was carried out to examine the effects of the Green Lycea (GL) as critical cases of continuing learning pathways in vocational education in The Netherlands. The GL were compared with…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Vocational Education, Higher Education, Continuing Education
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Jossberger, Helen; Brand-Gruwel, Saskia; van de Wiel, Margje W.; Boshuizen, Henny P. – Vocations and Learning, 2015
In a large-scale top-down innovation operation in the Netherlands, workplace simulations have been implemented in vocational schools, where students are required to work independently and self-direct their learning. However, research has shown that the success of such large-scale top-down innovations depends on how well their execution in schools…
Descriptors: Vocational Education, Teacher Attitudes, Simulated Environment, Interviews
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Endedijk, Maaike D.; Bronkhorst, Larike H. – Vocations and Learning, 2014
Many professional educational programs combine learning at an educational institute with learning in the workplace. The differences between these contexts, and the resulting challenges for learning, have been well-documented. However, there are few studies that explore the same students' learning in both contexts, and even fewer that compare that…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Learning Activities, Workplace Learning, Professional Education
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van der Sluis, Margriet E.; Reezigt, Gerry J.; Borghans, Lex – Vocations and Learning, 2014
It is well-known that the quality of vocational education and training (VET) depends on how well a given programme aligns with the values and interests of its stakeholders, but it is less well-known what these values and interests are and to what extent they are shared across different groups of stakeholders. We use vignettes to quantify the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Vocational Education, Educational Quality, Values
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Poortman, Cindy L.; Reenalda, Marloes; Nijhof, Wim J.; Nieuwenhuis, Loek F. M. – Vocations and Learning, 2014
Workplace learning is considered an effective strategy for the development of vocation, career and professional identity. Dual training programs, in which learning at a vocational school and learning at work in a company are combined, are seen as strong carriers for skill formation processes. In this study we explore workplace learning in dual…
Descriptors: Workplace Learning, Professional Education, Higher Education, Qualitative Research
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Akkerman, Sanne F.; Bakker, Arthur – Vocations and Learning, 2012
In vocational education, there is an ongoing discussion about problems occurring in school-work transitions and in relating school and work-based learning processes. Apprenticeships have been identified as valuable learning and working trajectories for making successful transitions and relations between school and work. However, they have been…
Descriptors: Vocational Education, Education Work Relationship, Apprenticeships, Foreign Countries
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Sturing, Lidwien; Biemans, Harm J. A.; Mulder, Martin; de Bruijn, Elly – Vocations and Learning, 2011
In a previous series of studies, a model of comprehensive competence-based vocational education (CCBE model) was developed, consisting of eight principles of competence-based vocational education (CBE) that were elaborated for four implementation levels (Wesselink et al. "European journal of vocational training" 40:38-51 2007a). The…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Competence, Vocational Education, Models
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Beausaert, Simon A. J.; Segers, Mien S. R.; Gijselaers, Wim H. – Vocations and Learning, 2011
Today, organizations are increasingly implementing assessment tools such as Personal Development Plans. Although the true power of the tool lies in supporting the employee's continuing professional development, organizations implement the tool for various different purposes, professional development purposes on the one hand and promotion/salary…
Descriptors: Individual Development, Professional Development, Employees, Job Skills
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Wesselink, Renate; de Jong, Cees; Biemans, Harm J. A. – Vocations and Learning, 2010
Recent developments in competence-based education have motivated institutions of vocational education and training (VET) to improve the links or connectivity between learning in school and learning in the workplace, which has been a problem for decades. In previous research, a theoretical framework describing the underlying aspects of…
Descriptors: Competency Based Education, Vocational Education, Education Work Relationship, Workplace Learning