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

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

Edition: June 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 always, 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 contributions from the networks INAP, VET & Culture and UNEVOC (see Conferences and Centres/Networks) and also announcements of articles published in European/ international journals (see Publications), related to a new selection "From the Journals" presented as part of the WIFO Gateway.
The next edition of the Newsletter will appear in early August 2012. You are invited to submit short pieces of news (texts of 100 to 200 words, without attachments, but including links to web resources) - please by 31 July 2012 at the latest!

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


European conference on Qualification Frameworks

Qualification Frameworks: A Contribution to the Development of the European Labour Market? 25th & 26th June 2012, Centre of Bavarian Broadcasting, Munich (Germany) 
Although learning outcomes should be basically describable for all qualifications by using the EQF descriptors knowledge, skills and competence in the same way regardless of their origin in terms of country or organisation responsible for maintaining and monitoring structures in which they are embedded, a mere description in EQF terms cannot dispel any doubts about the real value of this qualification: the EQF as such does not deliver enough criteria for assessment and comparison of qualifications. It is therefore important how qualifications frameworks are referenced to the EQF. In a situation where qualifications frameworks are not available in every European country, every educational area, and occupational sector at the same level of development, it does not surprise that a common understanding of appropriate referencing these frameworks to the EQF does not exist.
The results of the projects Common Grounds for Referencing NQFs and SQFs to the EQF (www.project-nqf-sqf.eu) and Matching Frames (www.matchingframes.uni-bremen.de) shall help to foster this understanding and will be presented at the conference. 
Registration for both conference days is free of charge. For further information and registration please visit: www.eqf-support.eu
(Contributed by: Sigrid Nindl nindl@3s.co.at)

International conference on Employability of Graduates
The Second International Conference Employability of Graduates and Higher Education Management Systems in the University of Ljubljana, September 27-28, 2012 will explore which critical factors determine university graduates' early career success and how higher education systems respond to the real world employment challenges. This conference has no registration fee. The number of participants is limited, so in the event of interest consider short online or e-mail registration as soon as possible: http://www.dehems-project.eu/
More information: Matej Godni and Samo Pavlin (Samo.Pavlin@fdv.uni-lj.si).
(Received from: Anja Heikkinen Anja.Heikkinen@uta.fi via the Newsletter of the VET and Culture network)

Conference section on Cultural Challenges in Vocational Education
The 20th Finnish Vocational Education Research Conference takes place at the University of Tampere 7.-8.11.2012. There will be an English section on Cultural Challenges in Vocational Education. For more information, follow VET&Culture website at http://www.peda.net/veraja/uta/vetculture/conferencesandevents, inquiries to Dong Seob Lee, dong.seob.lee@uta.fi.
(Received from: Anja Heikkinen Anja.Heikkinen@uta.fi 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]. 
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Memorandum of the INAP Commission "Architecture Apprenticeship"

An Architecture for Modern Apprenticeships– Standards for Structure, Organisation and Governance
The INAP* commission on standards, structure and governance of apprenticeship chaired by Prof. Dr. Dr. h. c. Felix Rauner (University of Bremen) has officially published its first memorandum in April 2012. The mission of the INAP commission was to reflect on the criteria of a modern dual vocational education and training system building on the apprenticeship tradition, the management and governance of dual VET systems, and the standards and procedures for developing occupational curricula. The key questions that were taken into consideration for evaluating the operation of dual VET systems and for the formulation of standards were the following: How can the coordination between the vocational education and training (VET) systems and employment systems be improved? What are the conditions for promoting employment opportunities for young people, thus facilitating the transition from school to work? What are the effects on the competitiveness of companies? How can rewarding careers be made accessible for a large segment of the population?
The document of the Memorandum is available in both English and German and can be ordered at: innovative-apprenticeship@uni-bremen.de, or downloaded from the website bildungsklick.de
*INAP: The International Network on Innovative Apprenticeship (www.inap.uni-bremen.de/)
(Posted by: Ursel Hauschildt uhauschildt@uni-bremen.de)

VET & Culture Network website
There are several contributions to the Intellectual Agenda at the network website (www.peda.net/veraja/uta/vetculture/intellectual), which might be of interest to you: please read, comment and continue.
* Concerning network identity, go and see material provided  by Sue Shore, further inputs are welcome to her, Manfred Wahle and Markus Weil, see http://www.peda.net/veraja/uta/vetculture/identity/chronology
* While most networkers do not have access to the first common publications of the VET and Culture-network, we have scanned examples from 1994-1997 to the Resources and Archives website, see http://www.peda.net/veraja/uta/vetculture/archive/reading
*Furthermore, pages for distinctive communication and distribution of materials on Europe-Asia and Europe-Africa relations are available on websites http://www.peda.net/veraja/uta/vetculture/landscape
Feel free to use them for your own purpose, and in case of need for support, contact Anja Heikkinen. 
(Received from: Anja Heikkinen Anja.Heikkinen@uta.fi via the Newsletter of the VET and Culture network)

VET & Culture Workshop Wuppertal
The next common annual event of theVET & Culture network "Shaping the futures of (vocational) education and work - commitment of VET and VET research" will take place in Wuppertal (Germany) from 30.08.2012 to 02.09.2012. All networkers are invited to join and contribute, also on the website. 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. Information will be collected to the website http://www.peda.net/veraja/uta/vetculture/conferencesandevents. Contact information: Gabriele Molzberger gabriele.molzberger@uni-wuppertal.de.
(Received from: Anja Heikkinen Anja.Heikkinen@uta.fi via the Newsletter of the VET and Culture network)

UNEVOC e-Forum - Recent discussion
The UNESCO-UNEVOC e-Forum (http://unevoc.unesco.org/eforum.php), operating as an email list, is a virtual community of TVET experts from around the world who share information and knowledge about different aspects of TVET. The e-Forum can also be accessed via an online interface. Issues addressed in the recent e-Forum discussions include the following: Edupreneurs - There is a growing realization that entrepreneurs and entrepreneurial activities are key in economic development. This discussion questioned whether educators should be more entrepreneurial. How would the education industry look like when edupreneurs are in charge? (more)*; Are we over-analyzing? - Do we have a purpose or are we just being trendy? This was the question posed in the discussion on the value of qualification frameworks and occupational standards. While the concept of qualification frameworks is increasingly being considered as crucial for TVET development, the proven impact of these frameworks remains limited (more)*.
*Please use the following login information in read-only mode: user "Bulletin", password "read"
For further information see also UNESCO-UNEVOC Bulletin No. 20 at: http://www.unevoc.unesco.org/bulletin/bulletin.php?bull=20en
(Info received via the UNESCO-UNEVOC e-Forum mailing list) 

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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Announcement of training course: Back to work

Back to Work: A training course for employment counselors and guidance staff of returning migrants and unemployed. Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece. 7 – 8 December, 2012
The general aim of the Back to Work project is to develop the validation and recognition of competences practice as part of the counseling services offered by the local employment offices with the view of improving their counseling services for unemployed and increasing the chances of efficient matching on the labor market. This conference will focus on creating a learning space called "Learning Café". It is about sharing and discussing questions and encouraging interactive learning and networking in an informal and engaging environment.  The programme will also include presentations on Counseling and guidance in Europe: new perspectives and challenges (Raimo Vourinen from ELGPN Finland/ CEDEFOP representative) and   Validation of competences in Europe (Ruud Duvekot from Inholland University), and a Round table on validation and counseling.
For more details on this event you can visit the project's website at: http://www.backwork.eu or contact directly Prof. George K. Zarifis at: gzarifis@auth.gr
(Received from: Georgios K. Zarifis gzarifis@auth.gr via the ReNAdET mailing list)

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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Call for information: European research projects

Who is involved in carrying out projects supported by EU programmes or other transnational arrangements? 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: Special Issue of ephemera on "Giving notice to employability"

For its special issue, the journal ephemera - theory & politics in organization (www.ephemeraweb.org) invites conceptual and empirical papers which critically discuss today's increasing concern with employability. Employability continues to hold largely positive connotations. It is widely considered to be the key for success in the labour market. It is seen as something that individuals inevitably strive for and manage throughout their (working) lives. However, this attractive picture of employability does not say much about how the concern for employability is entangled with broader societal changes or the ways in which individual subjectivities are affected by the concept of employability. The editors of this special issue are therefore looking for papers that critically assess the social, political, economic, cultural, and managerial undertakings and understanding of employability. Possible topics (22 listed) include the following: notions of employability for high-/low-skilled workers - transferable skills - teaching employability - employability and social entrepreneurship. Deadline for submissions: 30 June 2012. All contributions should be submitted to one of the issue editors: Ekaterina Chertkovskaya (E.Chertkovskaya@lboro.ac.uk), Peter Watt (p.watt1@lancaster.ac.uk), Stefan Tramer (stefan.tramer@fek.lu.se), or Sverre Spoelstra (sverre.spoelstra@fek.lu.se). The complete call can be downloaded from: http://www.ephemeraweb.org/journal/givingnoticetoemployability.pdf
(Forwarded by: Monica Lee m.lee@LANCASTER.AC.UK via the Forum for HRD mailing list)

The Boundaries of Workplace Learning
Marcel van der Klink and Jan Streumers (guest editors) - International Journal of Human Resources Development and Management (Vol. 12, nr 1/2) 2012
The goal of this Special Issue is to contribute to our understanding of the boundaries of workplace learning by presenting various studies that address limitations of workplace learning and possibilities to cope with these limitations. There are a number of limitations that are strongly linked to the research and practice of workplace learning: the role of  knowledge, the focus on the individual learner, connecting workplace learning with  education, and the issue of designing learning in the workplace, respectively.  In this special issue, the focus is on the boundaries of workplace learning.  Notwithstanding its significance, workplace learning cannot be regarded as the exclusive  and ultimate solution for very different challenges and problems. Whereas some research  studies have emphasised its possibilities, others have pointed at various ponderous  disadvantages that to some extent seem to be almost inherent to workplace learning. This  is also reflected in this special issue that presents a collection of  research articles that addresses possibilities, challenges and drawbacks of workplace  learning, with the emphasis on the boundaries of workplace learning.
Further information: http://www.inderscience.com/browse/index.php?journalID=15&year=2012&vol=12&issue=1/2
(Contribution from: Marcel van der Klink Marcel.vanderKlink@ou.nl )

Life history approaches to access and retention of non-traditional students in higher education
John Field, Barbara Merrill and Linden West. Life history approaches to access and retention of non-traditional students in higher education: A cross-European approach. In: European Journal for Research on the Education and Learning of Adults. Volume 3 Number 1 (2012) pp. 77-89
Europe’s higher education system is widely expected to become both more efficient and more socially inclusive. The Leuven ministerial conference in 2009, for example, laid down lifelong learning and the social dimension as core goals for the Bologna process, but set these alongside improvements in quality and completion. Recent research underlines just how far the European higher education sector still has to go in balancing these goals. The RANLHE project, involving case studies of non-traditional learners across twentyfour institutions in seven European nations, focussed both on access to higher education, together with the distribution of outcomes from the system and in particular on the factors that helped promote retention. The study has now been completed, and a number of papers are available, including an overview at http://tinyurl.com/7nhwwep. For further details, please email john.field@stir.ac.uk
(Contribution from: John Field john.field@stir.ac.uk)

A comparison of curricula and teaching in Germany and China
Matthias Pilz & Jun Li. What teachers in pre-vocational education should teach and what they actually teach:  A comparison of curricula and teaching in Germany and China. In: Research in Comparative and International Education. Volume 7 Number 2
Pre-vocational education, which takes place during lower-secondary school and aims to facilitate the school-to-work transition, is of critical significance in introducing the participants to the world of work and/or in preparing them for entry into further vocational education programs. With a strong comparative nature, this paper presents a systematic comparison of the pre-vocational education curricula and teaching in Germany and China. The research combines the methods of content analysis and teacher interview and can therefore offer an in-depth and inspiring perspective into the realms of pre-vocational education in the two countries. By carrying out the analysis in the broader context of education systems and cultural and social backgrounds, the paper has revealed some very interesting findings, concerning not only the comparison between the curricula in the two countries, but also the divergences between the prescribed curriculum and the enacted curriculum. 
(Contribution from: Jun Li/ Matthias Pilz matthias.pilz@uni-koeln.de)

New overview of recent articles: "From the Journals"
How can we trace the numerous articles, published in various journals, presenting outcomes of research in our field of European learning and work? As a contribution to this undertaking, the WIFO page From the Journals offers a new overview of recent articles related in particular to HRD and VET,  with a focus on national and transnational issues across Europe (www.articles.wifo-gate.org). These articles are selected from a range of European/ international journals included in a reference page which has been maintained by WIFO (www.journals.wifo-gate.org) for some time. Colleagues are welcome to check the initial overview of articles (www.articles.wifo-gate.org) and send references to further articles not yet included (2012 onwards). Furthermore, the latest articles focusing particularly on cross-European/ transnational issues will be presented in the L&W Newsletter - authors are invited to submit short contributions!

NOTE:  In addition to the overview of articles on European research in VET and HRD [www.articles.wifo-gate.org] and the classified collection of European and international journals related to education research [www.journals.wifo-gate.org], the WIFO Bookshelf [www.books.wifo-gate.org] presents books with a focus on cross-European issues of work and learning. A newIndex of books A to Z, including about 85 titles, has just been added to the Bookshelf.
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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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