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Froehlich, Dominik E.; Segers, Mien; Beausaert, Simon; Kremer, Michael – Vocations and Learning, 2019
Fluctuating demands and fast changing job-requirements require organizations to invest in employees so that they are able to take up new tasks. In this respect, fostering employees' employability is high on the agenda of many organizations. As a prerequisite for creating employability, many scholars have focused on the role of social informal…
Descriptors: Workplace Learning, Employment Potential, Informal Education, Competence
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Caruso, Valentina; Cattaneo, Alberto; Gurtner, Jean-Luc; Ainsworth, Shaaron – Vocations and Learning, 2019
Professional vision is a key skill in visually-oriented professions, but its relevance to vocational education and training has only drawn limited attention from researchers. When educating fashion designers, professional vision is vital because precisely analysing clothing is required to create good products suitable for customers. In this study,…
Descriptors: Clothing, Design, Vocational Education, Professional Development
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Kurunsaari, Merja; Tynjälä, Päivi; Piirainen, Arja – Vocations and Learning, 2018
A competence-oriented approach has recently emerged in higher education and thus far, not much attention has been paid to how "competence" itself is understood in education. The purpose of this study was to examine how graduating physiotherapy students perceive their competence at the end of their studies. The data comprised interviews…
Descriptors: Physical Therapy, Allied Health Occupations Education, College Students, Competence
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Halvarsson Lundkvist, Agneta; Gustavsson, Maria – Vocations and Learning, 2018
The aim of this article is to investigate how the formal competence development activities provided by the Production Leap, a workplace development programme (WPDP), were interwoven with everyday work activities and to identify the conditions that enabled learning and employee-driven innovation that contributed to production improvement, in small…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Competence, Workplace Learning, Job Skills
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Renta Davids, Ana Inés; Van den Bossche, Piet; Gijbels, David; Fandos Garrido, Manel – Vocations and Learning, 2017
The aim of this study was to investigate the transfer of learning of professional competences from vocational colleges to the workplace context in vocational education. Concretely, the study examined the relations between the professional competences learned at school and the use and further development of those competences at the workplace during…
Descriptors: Transfer of Training, Vocational Education, Foreign Countries, Competence
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Kaspar, Roman; Döring, Ottmar; Wittmann, Eveline; Hartig, Johannes; Weyland, Ulrike; Nauerth, Annette; Möllers, Michaela; Rechenbach, Simone; Simon, Julia; Worofka, Iberé – Vocations and Learning, 2016
Valid and reliable standardized assessment of nursing competencies is needed to monitor the quality of vocational education and training (VET) in nursing and evaluate learning outcomes for care work trainees with increasingly heterogeneous learning backgrounds. To date, however, the modeling of professional competencies has not yet evolved into…
Descriptors: Nursing Education, Geriatrics, Video Technology, Computer Assisted Testing
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Mustonen, Virpi; Hakkarainen, Kai – Vocations and Learning, 2015
The purpose of this study is to analyse the development of two apprentices' adaptive expertise in fingerprint examination across a two-year training program. The apprentices were selected from a large number of candidates to be trained at the Forensic Laboratory of the Finnish National Bureau of Investigation. The problem addressed was how the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Apprenticeships, Expertise, Crime
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Froehlich, Dominik E.; Beausaert, Simon A. J.; Segers, Mien S. R. – Vocations and Learning, 2015
Employees in countries with advanced industrial economies need to continuously develop their competences to sustain their employability--that is, to have a set of competences that enables them to maintain or find an adequate job. But how should efforts to enhance employability progress in the context of the demographic shift? Previous research…
Descriptors: Employment Potential, Competence, Employees, Employee Attitudes
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Kyndt, Eva; Janssens, Ine; Coertjens, Liesje; Gijbels, David; Donche, Vincent; Van Petegem, Peter – Vocations and Learning, 2014
The current study reports on the process of developing a self-assessment instrument for vocational education students' generic working life competencies. The instrument was developed based on a competence framework and in close collaboration with several vocational education teachers and intermediary organisations offering various human…
Descriptors: Vocational Education, Self Evaluation (Individuals), Competence, Questionnaires
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Gegenfurtner, Andreas; Siewiorek, Anna; Lehtinen, Erno; Saljo, Roger – Vocations and Learning, 2013
Understanding how best to assess expertise, the situational variations of expertise, and distinctive qualities of expertise that arises from particular workplace experiences, presents an important challenge. Certainly, at this time, there is much interest in identifying standard occupational measures and competences, which are not well aligned…
Descriptors: Workplace Learning, Research Methodology, Expertise, Educational Practices
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Tynjala, Paivi – Vocations and Learning, 2013
The interest in research focusing on learning taking place at work, through work and for work has considerably increased over the past two decades. The purpose of the paper is to review and structure this wide and diverse research field. A tentative holistic model--the 3-P model of workplace learning--is presented, in relation to which the…
Descriptors: Workplace Learning, Vocational Education, Education Work Relationship, Communities of Practice
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Bound, Helen; Lin, Magdalene – Vocations and Learning, 2013
In this paper, we explore the relationship between differing conceptualisations of competence, and the implications of these differences for the enacted workplace curriculum and its pedagogical epistemologies. We argue that when competence is understood as a set of stand-alone attributes that reside within an individual, it limits and over…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Competence, Workplace Learning, Case Studies
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Raemdonck, Isabel; Tillema, Harm; de Grip, Andries; Valcke, Martin; Segers, Mien – Vocations and Learning, 2012
Employability has become a key element in sustaining successful vocational careers. The role of self-directedness is considered paramount in maintaining one's employability. However, it also requires certain competences on part of employees to invest in learning and career development. This study examines the influence of self-directedness in…
Descriptors: Employment Qualifications, Vocational Education, Self Control, Competence
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Harteis, Christian; Morgenthaler, Barbara; Kugler, Christine; Ittner, Karl-Peter; Roth, Gabriel; Graf, Bernhard – Vocations and Learning, 2012
Intuition presents as a crucial component of professional competence for many occupations, including emergency physicians because many of their decisions have to be made quickly. When arriving at the scene of an accident, they promptly have to assess the circumstances and initiate immediate life-saving measures without opportunities for deep…
Descriptors: Intuition, Competence, Physicians, Decision Making
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Minnaert, Alexander; Boekaerts, Monique; de Brabander, Cornelis; Opdenakker, Marie-Christine – Vocations and Learning, 2011
To prepare students for effective workplace learning, it is necessary to have insight into the contextual characteristics that affect students' developing interest. Aiming at students to become self-regulated learners, teachers should act as mindful coaches, encouraging their students to monitor the quality of collaborative group work. A field…
Descriptors: Workplace Learning, Context Effect, Student Interests, Independent Study
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