of all, many thanks to those of you who provided information for the new
directory of doctoral dissertations! Several requests were posted, starting
with the L&W Newsletter 2006/07, addressing
about 800 researchers in the field of HRD and VET throughout Europe. The
responses received so far have produced data for an initial directory comprising
40 doctoral dissertations from 10 European countries (see link below).
of doctoral dissertations: www.ddd.wifo-gate.org
major objectives of this directory are to identify new research topics
(see Thematic overview) and to present
the researchers involved (see main Directory,
arranged by author, and Index of tutors).
In addition, the supervisory institutions are presented, sorted by country
(see Index of countries/ institutions).
dissertations collected in this directory include examples of the following
* Education - Higher education - Adult education (each incl. vocational
* Vocational education (initial and/or continuing)
* Human resource development related to the labour market
* Human resource development in organisations - Human resource management
- Knowledge management
* Work and learning (related to HRD/VET)
proportion of the dissertations belongs to the last group - work and learning.
In fact, the term 'learning' appears in every second dissertation across
the five groups! This preliminary outcome corresponds to earlier findings
obtained from an analysis of papers presented at the European conferences
of VET (ECER) and HRD, which identified learning as the major theme of
research (see WIFO Monitor: Figure 2).
authors of dissertations, whether junior or senior researchers, may include
(future) promoters of the research community. And the tutors, who supervise
the dissertations, often play a key role in developing schools of research
within the broader community. Furthermore, involvement in European projects
and networks may have a stimulating effect on doctoral research. This is
particularly evident from the CROSSLIFE
pilot study programme (2007-2008), which aims to enhance Masters and PhD
courses run by partner institutions forming a cross-cultural international
doctoral dissertations are a vital component in building the future of
HRD and VET research in Europe. This directory aims to extend public access
to these efforts. You are welcome to contribute to this initiative!
This issue of the L&W Newsletter is being sent to an extended mailing
list including all authors and tutors referred to in the directory.