as a pedagogical instrument offers an opportunity for combining school-based
and enterprise-based learning. This partnership project aimed at developing
tools, through the exchange and comparison of European experiences,
for supporting individual learners.
systems of initial vocational education (Denmark, Germany, Spain) were
chosen to highlight differences. The presentation of the national systems,
supported by evidence from the "Key data on vocational training in the
European Union (1997)", served to provide a context for examples of good
practice. Despite the differences found between the national systems, the
partners found that lessons could be learnt, serving as a guide
to other branches, regions and countries. By sharing views and experiences,
the partnership developed a shared understanding of the similarities and
differences in the systems of alternance in their countries.
project produced examples of good practice, built upon interviews,
presentations in workshops, former work, and a broad network
of contacts by each of the partners. A questionnaire was carried
out by the European Trade Union Committee for Education (ETUCE) among member
organisations in the three countries involved.
project was particularly targeted at social partners and other decisions
makers and practitioners in vocational education. (Clematide et al., 2000,