are the patterns of HRD and VET research in Europe? How can we get
overall picture of these research activities across national systems?
far, our analysis has been concentrated on the European level,
research trends related to EU projects and European
(see L&W Newsletter No 06/01).
an attempt has been made to map HRD and VET research across Europe,
on an analysis of 250 national institutions in 22 countries. This
is part of a Cedefop supported project, carried out by the
Forum WIFO in collaboration with the ReferNet
start with, a set of theses has been put forward, addressing issues
from the institutional analysis. Two round tables of European
have been arranged for taking up this discussion: the first one
at the HRD Conference in Tilburg (May 06) and the second one
for ECER/ VETNET in Geneva (Sept 06). Both the theses and the
of the Tilburg discussion have just been published on the
of the issues raised in this analysis refers to research activities
situated 'in between' HRD and VET, such as 'learning and
How can we assess this large area of overlapping research? Is it
in either HRD or VET, or in both, or in related fields like
and work studies?
interesting example of this interdisciplinary research was presented
a parallel symposium at the Tilburg conference, on the theme of
Workers and Lifelong Learning". Topical information about this
project, conducted by the International Research Institute
Stavanger (IRIS) in the framework of the Cedefop Research Arena
is available on the web:
Workers/ LLL <http://www.irisresearch.no/owll-cedefop>
the institutional analysis reveals differences in thematic
between national and European research in VET/HRD (thesis 5).
this context you may find it stimulating to read latest comments,
to a previous study, on the European communities of VET and HRD
(comparative analysis of the two annual conferences) - see
always, your feedback would be welcome - not least since the
project mentioned above is only in its initial phase!