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

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

Edition: April 2012 [www.news.wifo-gate.org][Impressum]

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Dear Colleagues

This is the latest edition of the L&W Newsletter, which will reach you via a mailing list of over 1200 experts in and beyond Europe. As usual, 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/ centres, programmes, projects and publications. Many thanks to all who contributed information for this edition of the Newsletter!
Particularly worth noting in this edition are two conferences related to issues of the European and national qualification frameworks, one in Kaunas 11 May 2012 and the other in Zurich 13/14 September 2012 (Conferences). Also, not to overlook: the call for papers on Basic and Employability Skills (International Journal of Training and Development) is still open until 30 April 2012 (Publications). 
The next edition of the Newsletter will appear in early June 2012. You are invited to submit short pieces of news (text of 100 to 200 words, without attachments, but including links to web resources) - please by 31 May 2012 at the latest!

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


Conference on "Qualification - for person, state and the world" 

The Centre for Vocational Education and Research of the Vytautas Magnus University organises the international conference "Qualification - for person, state and the world", which will take place in Kaunas (Lithuania) on the 11th of May 2012. The goal of the conference is to discuss the implementation of the Lithuanian Qualifications Framework and the European Qualifications Framework for Lifelong Learning, as well as different related changes in the curriculum of VET and higher education, such as the implementation of ECTS and ECVET, the introduction of occupational standards and the system of national modular curricula in VET. 
Streams of plenary sessions: 1. Fitting of qualifications to the needs of employers and labour market: designing occupational and VET standards, descriptors of higher education study fields, research into vocational activities and forecasting demand of qualifications in the labour market.  2. Impact of reforms of the system of qualifications to the curriculum design. 3. Participation of social stakeholders in the development and reforms of the system of qualifications. 4. Assurance of permeability between VET and higher education, implementation of the  ECTS and ECVET in relation to the permeability. 5. Change of the systems of qualifications and career design. 6. Relationships between VET, higher education and labour market needs. 
Please submit papers to Vilma Slenteriene v.slentneriene@kkc.vdu.lt (deadline: 1st of May 2012) and registration forms to Vilma Vetrenkiene v.vetrenkiene@smf.vdu.lt (deadline: 1st of May 2012). Conference participant fee is 50,00 Litas (14,50 EURO).
(Posted by: Vidmantas Tutlys v.tutlys@smf.vdu.lt)

Conference on "Policy Transfer in Vocational Skills Development Revisited"
The role of the dual system and of national qualification frameworks in international development cooperation - University of Zurich, 13 & 14 September, 2012
The Institute of Education of the University of Zurich, in cooperation with the Centre of Development and Cooperation of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (NADEL) and the Network for Policy Research, Review and Advice on Education and Training (NORRAG), is organising an international conference to review the role of vocational skills development (VSD) in international development cooperation. In particular, the conference will focus on the transfer of globalised VSD models, such as the dual system and national qualification frameworks. The main programme of the conference will consist of plenary sessions that bring together a wide range of experts from academia, government agencies, multilateral organisations as well as from NGOs. Selected conference participants interested in presenting their work to the audience will have opportunities to contribute to a poster session throughout the conference. There will be a number of travel grants available for PhD students from non-OECD countries. Registration closes on August 15. Early bird registration is possible until 31 May. More information can be found on the conference website: http://www.ife.uzh.ch/veranstaltungen/vsdconference.html
(Info from: Markus Maurer markus.maurer@igb.uzh.ch)

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]. 
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VET & Culture Network: Workshop Wuppertal

The Workshop will take place in Wuppertal (Germany) from 30.08.2012 to 02.09.2012. As already mentioned and following the tradition of biannual cycles of 'big' and 'small' conferences, the Wuppertal meeting will be a workshop with inputs, discussions and hands-on work. We chose as workshop title "Shaping the futures of (vocational) education and work – commitment of VET and VET research". All networkers are invited to join and contribute, also on the website. The workshop's agenda will follow this structure: we will have inputs and presentations in the mornings, investigations in (vocational) education and (new) work in the Wuppertal area in the afternoon and discussions on these experiences in the evening. The objective of the workshop is to draw a picture of what currently happens to VET and VET research and to work on the intellectual agenda http://www.peda.net/veraja/uta/vetculture/intellectual. More information about the general framework and topics to work on is available at the website http://www.peda.net/veraja/uta/vetculture/conferencesandevents.
(Info from: Gabriele Molzberger gabriele.molzberger@uni-wuppertal.de via the Newsletter of the VET and Culture network)

Third International Apprenticeship Seminar
As part of England’s National Apprenticeship Week 2012, the National Apprenticeship Service (NAS) held their Third International Seminar on Wednesday 8 February 2012, the biggest so far with academics, administrators, educationalists, practitioners and employers from 15 countries, Australia to the United Arab Emirates, and Finland to South Africa. The seminar was a great chance to share, learn and celebrate the international Apprenticeship renaissance. This year's focus was on ‘Excellence in Apprenticeships: an international perspective’. The programme of the day was well-rounded with presentation on ‘the value of Apprenticeships for international employers’ by Rolls Royce and Siemens, ’offering international experience to your apprentices’ and ‘excellence through competitions’. The Dual System in Austria and Germany, the Swiss Model and the Higher Apprenticeship route in Italy provided a solid base for appreciating above-mentioned employer experience and opportunities. For a link to the presentations and workshops please click on Third International Apprenticeship Seminar http://www.apprenticeships.org.uk/Events/Apprenticeship-Week-2012/Activities/National/InternationalSeminar.aspx
After this year’s success we have already started planning for a fourth International Seminar in 2013, at a larger venue as we had to disappoint some applicants this year. The Apprenticeship Week 2013 will run from 11th to 15th March - please put the date in your diaries. 
(Posted by: Ingrid Fischer Ingrid.Fischer@apprenticeships.gov.uk)

NOTE: References to research networks in the field of European work and learning are available on the WIFO page Networks at a glance [www.networks.wifo-gate.org].
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Doctoral Program in Innovation and Land Use Management (ILUM)

The PhD program's specific goals are to form researchers able to promote scientific research in the areas of innovation and land use management based on multidisciplinary approaches related to spatial and organizational dynamics; to transmit the most recent knowledge and best practices in the area of strategic management, human resources and entrepreneurship; to stimulate innovation and the development of new processes and products with the help of planning processes and knowledge management; and to intensify the general understanding of economic activity and its ability to interact with the surrounding environment. Located in the Faculty of Economics at the University of Algarve, Portugal. The application period for our program will end on the 13th of July. Please check the web page of the PhD ILUM for the details of the application procedure: http://www.fe.ualg.pt/sitefeualg2/main.php?id_geral=8
(Posted by: Julieta Rosa jarosa@ualg.pt on behalf of Teresa de Noronha)

CReBUS - In-service training 
Are you a student interested in starting a business? Are you interested in communication technologies and entrepreneurial education? Are you interested in different financing methods and do you want to understand better the concept of entrepreneurship? Do you want to be able to create a business plan?  Do you want to improve your networking competences? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then  would you like to attend the training "Developing entrepreneurship competences in the digital age"? The course will take place in the period 8-12 of October2012 in Bucharest, Romania. More information can be found here http://ec.europa.eu/education/trainingdatabase/index.cfm?fuseaction=DisplayCourse&cid=22375&ActiveCourses=No
For this purpose, you can request an EU Comenius or Grundtvig grant from your National Agency (http://ec.europa.eu/education/lifelong-learning-programme/doc1208_en.htm) which will allow you to attend this seminar free.
(Info from: CReBUS website via the ESREA Newsletter March 2012) 

NOTE: Contributions are welcome for the next edition of the Directory of Doctoral Dissertations (www.ddd.wifo-gate.org), provided as part of the WIFO Gateway, which focuses on European research in the field of vocational education (VET) and human resource development (HRD). Please provide information on expected or newly completed doctoral dissertations investigating issues of HRD, VET or work-related adult education, according to the following pattern: 1*Theme of dissertation (original language AND English); 2*Year of (expected) completion or publication; 3*Author (name and email address); 4*Tutor (name and email address); 5*Institution of tutor (name and home page). Contributions should be posted by email to the editor (sm@wifo-gate.org).
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Lang2Tech - Second-language Competency for Technicians in Industry

Lang2Tech is an EU Leonardo da Vinci Transfer of Innovation project, partly funded by the EU Lifelong Learning Programme. Its focus is on new approaches to the learning and validation of competence in a second European language to help foster greater occupational mobility in Europe of skilled technicians. Through Lang2Tech validation and certification, aligned to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, we will help address the challenges of aligning the technician workforce supply in Europe with the locations of increasing demand for skilled technicians. The products developed by the project will be tested with qualified technicians in five countries with five languages (Italian, Spanish, German, Russian and English). We will use a blend of formal teaching and supported individual non-formal and informal learning in the workplace. An outcomes-based assessment process will form the basis of the new Lang2Tech Certification. Through the development of a robust protocol for cross-moderation of e-portfolio evidence of language competence, the project will establish a European standard articulated across the CEFR, Lang2Tech Certification and the European Language Portfolio. For more information please visit http://www.lang2tech.eu
(Posted by: Bonnie Dudley Edwards bonnie.dudley-edwards@ed.ac.uk)

NOTE: Contributions are invited to update the Overview of European research projects [www.projects.wifo-gate.org], provided as part of the WIFO Gateway. The overview focuses on transnational research projects, mainly supported by EU programmes, in the areas of human resource development, vocational education, work and learning. Please 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.
(Contact and editor: Sabine Manning)
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Call for papers: Basic and Employability Skills
The International Journal of Training and Development invites papers for a Special Issue of the journal on Basic and Employability Skills. The guest editors for this issue are  Becci Newton, Linda Miller (Institute for Employment Studies) and Andy Biggart (Centre for Effective Education, Queen’s University Belfast). The intention is to publish the special issue in September 2013. The editors welcome any research-based article on the development of basic and employability skills. Contributions can relate to any aspect of the subject, including but not restricted to: #The role of education systems in meeting employers’ skill needs; #Comparative work examining basic and employability skills across countries; #The role of ICT in delivering employability skills; #The development of ‘soft skills’ and measurement of ‘distance travelled’; #[Re-]Engagement with training among low-skilled workers; #Influence of cultural factors on the development of basic and employability skills; #The utility of general versus applied approaches to basic skills development. To submit a paper for consideration please send an extended abstract of no more than 750 words to  Linda Miller (Linda.Miller@ies.ac.uk) by 30th April 2012. Read the full call for papers here: http://bit.ly/xdpk2n
(Posted by: Linda Miller linda.miller@employment-studies.co.uk)

A new book: Youth, work transitions and wellbeing
Editors Helena Helve and Karen Evans, Tufnell Press (will be published in later in 2012)
The timely topic of the book reflects global social and economic changes in labour markets. Work transitions of young people are relating to their well-being that is a field of action of the youth policies and it needs research that explores the flows of influence across these areas of young people’s lives. This book approaches the situation of young people in current labour markets around the world, from a variety of disciplinary and transdisciplinary perspectives. It is based on the strong foundation of international researchers’ cooperation in the field of youth research. The particular focus of the book is on the importance of successful transitions to adult life as manifested in psychological and physical well-being. 
This book, based on a series of case studies from Europe but also from USA, Canada, Africa, India, Japan, Russia, Australia and New Zealand, is searching structural forces of the choices young people are able to make. The articles of the book analyses how social, psychological, economic and cultural factors influence young people´s attempts to control their lives, their ability to respond to opportunities and to manage the consequences of their choices. (Details of contents see WIFO Bookshelf www.books.wifo-gate.org)
(Posted by: Helena Helve Helena.Helve@uta.fi)

Just published: Multicultural student group work in higher education
Popov, V., D. Brinkman, H.J.A. Biemans, M. Mulder, A. Kuznetsov, O. Noroozi (2012). International Journal of Intercultural Relations, 36, p.p. 302– 317
This explorative case study aims to examine challenges that are inherent in multicultural student group work (MCSG) in higher education and the differences between students from different cultural backgrounds in how they perceive the importance of challenges in MCSG. For this purpose, a survey was completed by students of the Academic Consultancy Training (ACT) course of Wageningen University in the domain of life sciences with a student population consisting of over 30% foreign students from over 100 different countries. Free-riding, insufficient English language skills and students not communicating properly were perceived by all participants of this explorative case study to be the most important challenges in MCSG. The results suggest that students’ cultural background affects their perceptions of the importance of challenges in MCSG. Explanations for these results and recommendations for future research are provided.
For further details of the publication see http://www.journals.elsevier.com/international-journal-of-intercultural-relations/recent-articles/
(Info from: Martin Mulder Martin.Mulder@wur.nl)

CIEO Discussion Papers
The CIEO Discussion Papers are published by the Research Centre for Spatial and Organizational Dynamics (CIEO) of the University of Algarve. The publication is open to the scientific community and periodically emphasizes different subjects, mostly related to sociological or environmental issues. The articles of our 7th edition, focusing on Entrepreneurship and Organizations, are freely available at http://ideas.repec.org/s/ris/cieodp.html
(Posted by: Julieta Rosa jarosa@ualg.pt on behalf of Teresa de Noronha)

NOTE: Books with a focus on cross-European issues of work and learning are 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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