Newsletter for European Research in Learning and Work [L&W]

Edition: August 2011 [www.news.wifo-gate.org][Impressum]

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Dear Colleagues

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, projects and publications. Many thanks to all who contributed information for this edition of the Newsletter! 
Particularly to note in this edition: the calls for papers on Transitions in Vocational Education and on Adult Education (see Publications), the extended deadline for contributions to the joint network meeting on the Future of Adult Educators in Tallinn (see Conferences/Networks) and the invitation for sharing studies on the EQF (see Programmes/Portals).
The next edition of the Newsletter will appear in early October 2011. You are invited to submit short pieces of news (texts without attachments, but including links to web resources) - by 30 September 2011 at the latest!

With best wishes
Sabine Manning
Research Forum WIFO
Editor of the L&W Newsletter 


Joint network meeting: The future of adult educators - extended deadline!

Opinion papers are invited for the joint meeting between the VET and Culture and ESREA-ReNAdET research networks on "The Future of Adult Educator(s): Agency, Identity and Ethos",  9.-11.11.2011 in University of Tallinn. For VET and Culture this will be the 4th seminar on theme Trans-nationalization of Qualifications. Contributors may, but are not limited to, choose from the following sub-themes: *Perceptions of adult educators: by adults-students, policy makers and in public; *Theoretical, political and practical discourses on adult educators: the future of adult education as an academic field; *Context and environment of adult education and different 'types' of adult educators; *Ownership of the adult educators’ profession and professional borders: is there a professional future for adult educators? *Learning, becoming, being and growing as professional adult educator, including issues of ageing and gender. 
The final deadline for max 1 page paper is 22 August 2011, please send to esrea.renadet@yahoo.com and anja.heikkinen@uta.fi. Proposals will be blind reviewed by the scientific committee and acceptance confirmed by August 31st 2011. Selected full papers will be asked for by the scientific committee after the meeting. About the venue, accommodation, conference fees and instructions for paper submission, see websites [www.peda.net/veraja/uta/vetculture/conferencesandevents/conferences/tqf/tqf4; http://www.esrea-renadet.net/2ndmeetingtallinn.htm].
(Received from: Anja Heikkinen via the Newsletter of the VET and Culture network)

NOTE: Forthcoming and recent events related to European research in work and learning are listed on the WIFO Conference page [www.conferences.wifo-gate.org].  Further information on research networks in the field of European work and learning can be obtained from the WIFO page Networks at a glance [www.networks.wifo-gate.org].
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Resources on EQF: new webportal and references to studies

An official webportal for the European Qualifications Framework (http://ec.europa.eu/eqf/home_en.htm) has been released, presenting the results of the process of relating national qualifications levels to the levels of the EQF (see "Compare Qualifications Frameworks" page). It also provides information "About the EQF" implementation, "Key Terms" that are agreed by all countries participating in the EQF,  "Documentation" and "Useful links", leading for instance to the Knowledge System for Lifelong Learning (KSLLL). Altogether a rich resource. 
What seems to be missing, however, are references to the discussion of EQF-related issues in the professional community. It might therefore be useful, in addition, to share current studies addressing issues of the EQF. An initial selection of ECER VETNET papers and related projects, provided as part of the WIFO Gateway (see www.ecer-vetnet-eqf.wifo-gate.org), may serve as a starting point - further suggestions and references are welcome! 
(Contributed by: Sabine Manning)

"Facelift" for e-Learning platform for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) in Arab countries
Since many Arab Countries are facing high rates of unemployment the demand for labour market oriented education is large. The answer to this demand is the free of charge internet-based platform for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) in Arab countries, which is operating since 2009. The TVET-Portal is a joint initiative of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), and governmental training providers in Egypt and Jordan. 
Regarding constantly growing numbers of users the TVET-Portal operates with an interface which simplifies the use of all functions and which underlines the three pillars of the Portal: *the TVET-Portal itself which provides users with updated information about TVET and E-Learning, *the TVET-Forum, where users find different possibilities to share and exchange information and experiences with colleagues and experts from Arab countries (e.g. Human Resource Development, Quality Management, Content Development and Tutoring) and finally *the TVET-E-Learning area where users have the opportunity to enrol in different e-learning courses (e.g. School Development, Quality Management) both in Arab and English language. 
For more information please visit: http://www.tvet-portal.net
(Posted by: Christoph Mattheis mattheis@bildungstransfer.de on behalf of Uwe Wieckenberg wieckenberg@bildungstransfer.de)

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Inter-country comparability of qualifications - from descriptors of qualifications to the provided and acquired knowledge and skills
The EU Lifelong Learning Programme 2007-2013 Key Activity 1 project EQF implementation: impact of national qualifications systems’ processes (EQF-PROQS) was launched in 2010 and has been implemented by 8 organisations from Lithuania, Austria, France, Germany, England, Slovenia and the Netherlands. The goal of this project is to disclose the influence of the processes of designing, provision and awarding of these qualifications to the comparability and compatibility of the qualifications in the construction, hospitality and metalworking sectors in the partners countries. These influences are analysed in the project partners countries and then compared. On the basis of research findings there are being developed guidelines and recommendations on how to deal with the influences of the differences in designing of qualifications, provision and assessment of competences and awarding of qualifications in the inter-country comparison of qualifications and in the implementation of the EQF. 
The research reports and guidelines will be published on the project web-site http://www.eqf-proqs.eu in October-November 2011. Project results will be presented and discussed in the workshop Design and provision of qualifications: impact on the inter-country comparability of qualifications and the implementation of the EQF at the international ECER conference "Urban Education" taking place in Berlin, Germany, 13 to 16 September 2011. 
(Posted by: Vidmantas Tutlys v.tutlys@smf.vdu.lt

Call for information: Overview of European research projects
Contributions are invited for updating the Overview of European research projects [www.projects.wifo-gate.org], 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 editor (sm@wifo-gate.org):  (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)

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Call for Papers: Transitions in Vocational Education

2nd vol. of book series "Research in Vocational Education" (eds. Juergen Seifried and Eveline Wuttke)
The personal coping and organizational management of the transition from school to vocational education, vocational education to work, or from work life to retirement is a challenge for individuals, educational staff and the administration of educational and training measures on all stages of educational and work life. Our purpose is to discuss the processes that have to be managed in times of rapidly changing conditions. We are asking for researchers with expertise in the field of Vocational Educational Training, Human Resource Management, Psychology, Pedagogy, or Sociology to submit a proposal and to publish their work within the second volume of our new international book series "Research in Vocational Education", that deals with challenges in VET, workplace learning, and professional learning. 
The second volume, Transitions in Vocational Education, will focus on the different passages and transitions mentioned above. Contributions dealing with theoretical approaches and papers presenting empirical findings are welcome. If you are interested, please send an abstract of about 1.000 words (by November 2011) with a title and short description of your research to juergen.seifried@uni-konstanz.de. Please make sure that the paper has not been published. Abstracts will be reviewed, full papers expected by April 2012.
(Posted by: Eveline Wuttke wuttke@em.uni-frankfurt.de)

Call for Papers: Educating the Adults 
Issue topic of Studia paedagogica (17:1, 2012)
The Studia paedagogica is a scientific, peer reviewed, non-impact journal issued by the Faculty of Arts of the Masaryk University. The Journal is published in the Czech language. The monothematic issue of Studia paedagogica entitled Educating the Adults presents an opportunity for various levels of thinking about its topic. Educating the Adults primarily stands for paying attention to those who provide or participate in this kind of education in any possible way: adult educators such as lecturers, trainers, consultants, counsellors and so forth. All contributions are subjected to peer review based on which the editors will decide about acceptance for publication. We welcome contributions in English. If accepted for full publication, your texts will be translated into Czech. Editors, the chief editor and a specialist translator are in charge of the translation.
Please send abstracts (200 to 400 words) by 15 November 2011 to studiapaedagogica@phil.muni.cz. The deadline for full texts is 15 January 2012. This issue of Studia paedagogica will be published in June 2012. The chief editor of the issue is Petr Novotný. For further information and detailed instructions for authors, please visit http://www.phil.muni.cz/wupv/journal .
(Posted by: Petr Novotný novotny@phil.muni.cz)

National Pathways and European Dimensions of Trainers’ Professional Development
Edited by Simone R. Kirpal
This book comprises contributions that address the professional development of training practitioners both in a national as well as European perspective. It can be considered as being complementary to a number of European studies and research and development projects carried out during the last years to specifically address the situation of teachers and trainers in vocational education and training. The motivation has been to foster the exchange of national examples of good practice of the professional development of trainers and to relate these national approaches to the broader European perspective. Finally, emerging trends in the area of teaching and training that will challenge trainers’ roles in the future present a key topic that is being addressed from various perspectives. 
Publication by Peter Lang 2011 (forthcoming!) ISBN 978-3-631-61181-4
(Posted by: Simone Kirpal skirpal@zes.uni-bremen.de)

Understanding Work-Based Learning 
Edited by Simon Roodhouse and John Mumford
This  book is for anyone who wants to understand work-based learning: employees, employers, educationalists, policy makers and researchers. Based on the British experience it explores ways employees have taken up university learning opportunities and the problems encountered.  It approaches the subject from the perspective of the learner, drawing on case studies to provide detailed insight. It argues that universities already have in place much of the machinery needed to support learners who are in work: they just don't make enough use of it. The argument is supported by a substantial legacy of this kind of activity by universities. This is a book about seizing opportunities.
In one volume, Understanding Work-Based Learning makes a valuable contribution to current employer engagement and learner demand debates, and provides first hand learner experiences to guide existing and potential work based learners, employers, educationalists, policy makers, and researchers. For more information, reviews and free chapter downloads visit: www.gowerpublishing.com/isbn/9780566091971
(Contributed by: Simon Roodhouse simon@croodhouse.freeserve.co.uk)

New issue of RELA: "Professionalisation - the struggle within"
The central theme of the current issue of the European Journal for Research on the Education and Learning of Adults (RELA) is "Professionalisation - the struggle within". As pointed out in the editorial (Wolfgang Jütte, Katherine Nicoll, Henning Salling Olesen), the professionalisation of the field of adult and continuing education has been a source of intense debate and controversy across Europe in the last few years.  Particular issues discussed in this context include professionalisation and quality management (Regina Egetenmeyer, Bernd Käpplinger) and contradictions in adult education structures and policies in Austria (Lorenz Lassnigg). The full text of the current RELA issue (Volume 2 Number 1, April 2011) is available online atwww.rela.ep.liu.se
(Based on ESREA newsletter No 3, June 2011 - Andreas Fejes andreas.fejes@liu.se )

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].
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Editor of the L&W Newsletter: Dr Sabine Manning, Research Forum WIFO (sm@wifo-gate.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, December);
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].
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