ECER 2000 Proceedings
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Stenström, Marja-Leena & Lasonen, Johanna
European strategies for reforming initial vocational education
The SPES-NET project continued the work of a previous Leonardo da Vinci project (Post-16 Strategies, a Surveys and Analyses project) and focussed on reanalysing and exploiting, in different contexts, the four hypothetically identified reform strategies involving links between vocational education and training establishments and enterprises. The thirteen European partner countries of the SPES-NET project, including the institutional and organisational agents, provided additional data for a new conceptual framework of strategies and trends. The SPES-NET project was carried out by a multicultural team representing researchers, policy-makers, administrators and teacher educators. The research methods were calculated to promote mutual understanding and shared solutions while also producing cross-national knowledge of ways to improve the quality of initial vocational education. The partnership identified the following substrategies for improving upper secondary vocational education: (1) promoting links with higher education; (2) enhancing links with employers; (3) raising the status and qualifications of VET teachers and; (4) improving the VET curriculum. The analyses led to a number of conclusions concerning certain obstacles that hamper responses to the learning needs of modern society.
Manning, Sabine; Raffe, David (eds.). 2000. VETNET ECER 2000 proceedings: Current research in European vocational education and human resource development. Berlin: Wissenschaftsforum Bildung und Gesellschaft e.V. [Internet: http://www.b.shuttle.de/wifo/vet/ecer00.htm].