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Method Framework: Conceptual framework (CATEWE)
Description "The initial conceptual framework identified three sets of dimensions necessary to explore transitions in comparative perspective:
  • the demographic, economic and labour market context within which transitions occur;
  • the dimensions of the education and training system;
  • the nature of transition processes and outcomes." 
In considering a broad range of dimensions, the project was particularly concerned with examining the way in which education/ training systems 'sort' or differentiate their students not just in terms of programmes within a stage but also in terms of progression into the next stage and outcomes at the end of the stage; the nature of school to work linkages; both school-based education and youth training.

"These different dimensions of the education/ training system can be seen to interact with contextual features to produce a 'transition system': the relatively enduring features of a country's institutional and structural arrangements which shape transition processes and outcomes... While conceptually distinct, different dimensions of the framework interact to produce clusters of national systems." 

The initial conceptual framework was intended to inform the construction of datasets and the analysis of data. It continued to develop during the life of the project. (Smyth et al., 2001, pp. 3-4, 18-19)

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