for European Research in Learning and Work [L&W]
This is the latest edition of the L&W Newsletter, reaching you via
a mailing list of over 1200 experts in and beyond Europe. It focuses on
transnational research activities in the field of human resource development
(HRD) and vocational education and training (VET), centred on major categories:
conferences, networks, programmes of study, projects and publications.
Many thanks to all who contributed information for this edition of the
Newsletter! The next edition will appear in early August 2011. You are
invited to submit short pieces of news (texts without attachments, but
including links to web resources) - by 31 July 2011 at the latest!
With best wishes
Research Forum WIFO
Editor of the L&W Newsletter
Social Innovation - Innovating innovation by research - 100 years after
What does Social
Innovation mean today? How can research sustain Social Innovation? What
can the Socio-Economic Sciences and Humanities contribute?These
are some of the topics which will be discussed during the International
Scientific Conference "Challenge Social Innovation - Innovating
innovation by research -100 years after Schumpeter"and
during the NET4SOCIETY FP7 Networking event. The
event will take place from 19th to 21st September in Vienna. It is meant
to support all political initiatives of the European Commission and other
political institutions in favour of Social Innovation.At
the same time, it will offer the unique
opportunity to build consortia for the next Socio-economic Sciences and
Humanities call in FP7.
detailed information about the event, please visit the event webpage:
bird registration (€ 75 only) ends at 30 June.
Hans-Werner Franz Franz@sfs-dortmund.de)
Learning later in life
European Commission and Cedefop are jointly organising a two-day international
seminar on learning later in life and the impact of investing in an ageing
workforce. To be held in Brussels on 21-22 September 2011, the seminar
will be an international assembly of researchers, policy-makers and experts.
It will contribute to the European Year for Active Ageing and Intergenerational
Solidarity 2012 by providing a solid basis for further work. Cedefop invites
contributions to the seminar. For more information, please refer to the call
by: Alexandra Dehmel Alexandra.Dehmel@cedefop.europa.eu)
NOTE: Forthcoming and recent events related to European
research in work and learning are listed on the WIFO Conference page
Centres and Networks
CIEO: Call for papers and PhD programme
The CIEO - Research Centre for Spatial and Organizational Dynamics
is an interdisciplinary research centre, hosted by the University of Algarve
(Portugal) and accredited and funded by the Portuguese Foundation for Science
and Technology (FCT). Please visit us at http://www.cieo.ualg.pt/.
In cooperation with the Regional Studies Association and Birkbeck,
University of London the CIEO is organizing the conference
for Knowledge Intensive Business Services (KIBS) and Innovation in Regions
in a Globalised Economy" on the 14th and 15th of October 2011 in Faro,
Portugal. The main focus of this seminar will be multitasking in the
rural world: small firms, technological change and sustainability. The
workshop will be targeted at understanding KIBS in rural and other peripheral
areas/regions in Europe, with a close-up view of the southern Iberian Peninsula.
Call for Papers:
Forthcoming events organized or supported by CIEO are listed on
The CIEO also offers the PhD Programme in Innovation and Land Use
Management. The goal is to promote scientific research in the area
of spatial dynamics and organization, on a basis of multidisciplinary scientific
knowledge related with innovation, sustainability and spatial organization.
Open Inscriptions at:
(Posted by: Julieta Rosa firstname.lastname@example.org
on behalf of Teresa de Noronha)
New issue of the ReNAdET newsletter
The latest issue of the Newsletter published by the ESREA - Research
Network on Adult Educators, Trainers and their Professional Development
is available on the ReNAdET website: http://www.esrea-renadet.net/issue3.htm
Starting out with an article by Professor Bruno Schettini, University
of Naples II, on autobiographical narration and Adult Attachment Interview
(AAI), this issue of the Newsletter offers a wealth of information on events,
projects and publications submitted by members of ReNAdET and ESREA. Some
European activities along with certain EU policy and research initiatives
are also commented on. Particularly worth reading in this context is the
Remark (p. 7) by Georgios K. Zarifis "A European Commission(ed)
Adult Education Glossary - but why?", which aims at triggering some thoughts
on the degree of intervention on the part of the European Commission in
the field of European adult education.
More information on ReNAdET can be found on the website
or through e-mail to email@example.com
(Contributed by: Sabine Manning)
NOTE: Further information on research networks in the field of
European work and learning can be obtained from the WIFO page Networks
at a glance
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Welcome to study activity theory in
The Center for Research on Activity, Development and Learning (CRADLE)
at University of Helsinki is offering three opportunities to study activity
theory and developmental work research. The first one is our international
summer school course in August 2011. The second one is the international
Master's degree programme in adult education and developmental work research,
in which the next class starts in September 2012. The third one is the
Doctoral program for developmental work research and adult education in
which the next class starts in January 2012. Essential information on each
program can be found in the web pages listed below. Do not hesitate to
contact us if you have questions.
Yrjö Engeström, Professor, Director of CRADLE (firstname.lastname@example.org);
Auli Pasanen, Coordinator of CRADLE (email@example.com)
1. Helsinki Summer School course "Activity Theory and Formative
Interventions" from August 9 to 25, 2011. More information:
2. Master's Degree Programme in Adult Education and Developmental
Next class begins: 1 September 2012. Application period: 21 November
2011 to 31 January, 2012. More information:
3. Doctoral program for developmental work research and adult education.
Next class begins: 1 January 2012. Application period: 22 August to
7 October, 2011. More information:
(Posted by: Yrjö Engeström)
Doctoral Dissertations and Programmes
Feedback received in response to the recently published Directory of
Doctoral Dissertations in the field of learning and work (www.ddd.wifo-gate.org)
has resulted in an extended edition, released in May 2011, now presenting
about 130 dissertations from 15 European countries.
New in this edition is an overview of selected institutions, which
supervise(d) two or more of the dissertations included in the Directory.
While this overview only represents a limited collection of dissertations,
the initial outcome is still worth noting: Larger groups of dissertations
related to particular institutions may point to existing doctoral programmes
or schools. Examples with 10 or more dissertations include CRADLE - Center
for Activity Theory and Developmental Work Research at the University of
Helsinki in Finland, the University of Twente in the Netherlands and the
Chair of Education (Lehrstuhl fuer Paedagogik II) at the University of
Regensburg in Germany.
This institutional aspect, along with the thematic pattern of doctoral
research, will be followed up in the next edition of the Directory, due
in 2012 (no updates are envisaged before that date!). Furthermore, evidence
on doctoral research will be linked with data on Masters programmes [www.master.wifo-gate.org],
also maintained by the Research Forum WIFO, in order to trace the institutional
and thematic landscape of European research in learning and work.
(Contributed by: Sabine Manning)
G8WAY - Web 2.0 Enhanced Gateway To
The period between finishing education and entering the world of work
is a time when young people have to make big decisions about the future.
They have to identify their strengths and weaknesses, think about what
they enjoy doing and choose a career path. They also have to develop
their skills in order to meet labour market requirements. The G8WAY project
sees these transitions as specific learning opportunities. By exploiting
the potential of web 2.0 the project aims to support young people through
these intensive learning periods. G8WAY partners have been speaking with
young people, conducting research on typical transition scenarios. The
results are vital transition stories which reveal the motivations and strategies
of young people as they attempt to enter working life. G8WAY partners are
developing a platform which combines different web 2.0 tools in a common
pedagogic framework. The platform will assist young people through their
transitions and provide a space for thought, reflection, discussion and
self-development. Please see www.g8way-eu.net
for more information.
(Posted by: Angela Rees
Call for information: Overview of European research projects
Contributions are invited for updating the Overview of European research
provided as part of the WIFO Gateway. This overview brings together resources
which are normally scattered across websites of various EU programmes,
institutions and networks. Of particular interest are latest projects still
in operation such as could provide a stimulus for researchers to establish
links in areas of joint interest. The overview focuses on transnational
research projects, mainly supported by EU programmes, in the areas of human
resource development, vocational education, work and learning. Participants
in these projects are welcome to send the following information to the
(A) exact title and acronym (short name) of the project; (B) name and email
address of the coordinator or main contact; (C) address of the website
(or info page/ flyer) of the project.
(Contributed by: Sabine Manning)
Book launch and seminar on 10th June
Knowledge, Skills and Competence in the European Labour Market:
What's in a Vocational Qualification?: book published by Routledge,
June 2011 (weblink).
This timely and important new book by Michaela Brockmann, Linda Clarke
and Christopher Winch with Georg Hanf, Philippe Méhaut and Anneke
Westerhuis examines how qualifications, knowledge, skills and competences
are understood in different national contexts and transnationally and reveals
a complex picture of differences and similarities both within and between
countries. Against the background of European Union policy initiatives,
and in particular the European Qualifications Framework, a central focus
is on the prospects and difficulties of establishing cross-national recognition,
transparency and comparability of qualifications across member states,
so vital for the free movement of labour. Drawing on case studies of particular
sectors and occupations in England, France, Germany and the Netherlands,
the book will be a vital resource for those involved with VET. It is to
be launched on June 10th 2011 at the Nuffield Foundation in London, following
a seminar on Mobility and transparency of qualifications across Europe.
For further information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
(Posted by: Linda Clarke
Two new books on workplace learning
Karen Evans has jointly authored and edited two new 2011 books on workplace
learning, offering contrasting insights into learning in, for and
through the workplace.
The first, "The Sage Handbook of Workplace Learning" (weblink),
provides a state-of -the-art overview of the field of workplace learning.
The authors are theoreticians, researchers, and practitioners in this burgeoning
field, which connects higher education, vocational education and training,
post-compulsory secondary schooling, and lifelong education. Karen Evans
has worked with an international team of editors, Marg Malloch, Len Cairns
and Bridget O'Connor, to bring together different views, theoretical dispositions,
and incisive analyses. Contributors include Michael Eraut, Yrjo Engestrom,
Lorna Unwin, Per-Erik Ellstrom, Tara Fenwick, Martin Mulder, Stephen Billett
and many other leading names from the field of workplace learning.
The second book "Improving Literacy at Work" (weblink),
which Karen Evans has co-authored with Alison Wolf, moves from broad
overview to a very specific focus. While Improving Literacy at Work builds
on detailed research from the UK, the issue is a universal one. The book
examines fundamental questions about adult literacy development at work:
how do adults' literacy skills impact on their working lives, and on the
enterprises where they work?; how can we develop these essential skills
in the workforce?; when and how can literacy support at work change individuals'
work practices and engagement with further learning?
Both The Sage Handbook and Improving Literacy at Work speak to managers
and trainers in industry, trade unions and professional associations as
well as researchers and lecturers in higher, adult and further education
and all those interested in the fundamental changes that are taking place
in workplace learning.
(Contribution by: Karen Evans K.Evans@ioe.ac.uk)
"Corporate Universities: Developing Strategic Best Practices for
Growth and Development"
By Richard Dealtry, Chairman of the Global Association of Corporate
Universities and Academies.
This book examines the dynamic nature of business and career-inspired
learning and its relationship to an organisation's vision and strategy.
Success demands well prepared, flexible, opportunistic and innovative thinkers.
Cases and relevant examples are offered where opportunities have been developed
and implemented - achieving significantly measurable returns on investment.
It will be of particular value to a wide audience of managers, strategists,
learners and researchers who recognise the need to create and deliver new
dynamically based platforms from which to translate their vision of the
future into high quality real-time executive management practices. The
book provides a thorough examination of the issues involved, making a compelling
case for the Corporate University, even for the most skeptical. It is available
to purchase either in hard copy or as pdf download at: www.corporateuniversity.org.uk/bookshop.htm
(Posted by: Richard Dealtry email@example.com)
New journal issue: "Empirical Research in Vocational Education and
The academic journal "Empirical Research in Vocational Education and
Training" (ERVET) has just published Issue 3(1), with the following articles:
Stijn Rocher: The sorting of workers across job tasks: an application
to graduates and occupational choice; Regula Geel, Uschi Backes-Gellner:
mobility within and between skill clusters: an empirical analysis based
on the skill weights approach; Daniela Rohrbach-Schmidt, Michael Tiemann:
Mismatching and job tasks in Germany - rising over-qualification through
polarization?, Michael Tåhlin: Vertical differentiation of
work tasks: conceptual and measurement issues.
ERVET is a peer-reviewed academic journal with a distinguished international
board of editors, inviting submission covering topics in the fields of
vocational education, adult education and career and technical education
from all academic fields. For more information see www.ervet.ch
or send an email to the editorial office firstname.lastname@example.org
(Posted by: Stefan Wolter email@example.com)
NOTE: Books with a focus on cross-European issues of work and
learning are being presented on the WIFO Bookshelf [www.books.wifo-gate.org].
In addition, the WIFO Gateway provides a classified collection of European
and international Journals related to education research [www.journals.wifo-gate.org].
Editor of the L&W Newsletter:
Dr Sabine Manning, Research Forum WIFO (firstname.lastname@example.org);
Address: Neue Blumenstr. 1, D-10179 Berlin, Germany;
Editions of the L&W Newsletter: six times a year,
every two months (at the beginning of February, April, June, August, October,
Deadline for contributions to the L&W Newsletter:
end of January, March, May, July, September, November;
Circulation of the current L&W Newsletter: about
1200 experts in 40 countries (mostly Europe);
Details and Archive of the L&W Newsletter [www.news.wifo-gate.org].