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

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

Edition: October 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 sent contributions for this edition of the Newsletter! 

Particularly worth noting in this edition is the presentation of a new Overview of articles on cross-European issues in learning and work, published in major journals since the mid-1990s, followed by two reviews of the latest articles in this field (see Publications).  While the Overview (www.articles.wifo-gate.org) provides an analytical follow-up of newly published articles, the L&W Newsletter serves to publicise them in the research community. Contributions by the authors are most welcome!

The next edition of the Newsletter will appear in early December 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 30 November 2012 at the latest!

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


International perspective on VET in the Tertiary Sector – A conference at BIBB
Conference on "Initial Vocational Education and Training in the Tertiary Sector – Models and their Relevance from the International Perspective" on 5 and 6 November 2012 at the Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (BIBB), Bonn
National systems of vocational education and training (VET) are constantly faced with new challenges driven by politics and the economy. Some contend that qualification requirements on the labour market have changed to their disadvantage; because of modern technology and increasing globalisation, the expected standards are rising. One political strategy in response is to strengthen the university sector and raise participation rates. This prompts numerous questions in relation to VET systems. At this conference research findings addressed to some of these questions will be presented with the aim of stimulating a debate with companies about the possible answers.
Further information, including outline of research questions, programme and online registration, at http://www.bibb.de/en/61925.htm
(Received from: Ute Hippach-Schneider hippach-schneider@bibb.de)

UFHRD Conference 2013: HRD in Turbulent Seas - Continued Global Economic Uncertainty: Challenges and Opportunities
Abstract submission deadline extended
The Annual University Forum for Human Resource Development (UFHRD) conference will be held at the University of Brighton, 3-5 June 2013. The conference theme reflects both the location of the conference, Brighton, a popular seaside town, and the anticipation of continued global economic volatility and turbulence. It also reflects the forecasted general global slowdown in growth - including within the BRIC countries, and economic stagnation and an increasing probability of a return to recession in key countries such as the US and Japan (the UK is now in a "double dip" recession). All papers submitted to the conference will be reviewed for publication in the journal Action Learning: Research & Practice. In addition, the best papers from specific streams will have the opportunity to be considered for publication in other special issues. New date for abstract submission: 2nd November 2012
For information on the conference streams, and to submit an abstract please go to: http://www.brighton.ac.uk/bbs/ufhrd2013/callforpapers.html
Please send any queries to: UFHRDConference@brighton.ac.uk
(Received from:  Christopher Matthews C.R.Matthews@brighton.ac.uk)

7th European Research Conference 4-7 September 2013, Humboldt-University Berlin
The conference website for the 7th triennial conference of ESREA (European Society for Research on the Education of Adults), due to take place in Berlin September 4-7, 2013, is now open at: http://ebwb.hu-berlin.de/aktuelles/esrea
Included is also the call for papers: http://ebwb.hu-berlin.de/aktuelles/esrea/call-for-papers
Deadline for submission is January 15, 2013.
(Info received via ESREA mailing list - Andreas Fejes andreas.fejes@liu.se)

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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INAP Conference: Apprenticeship in a Globalised World

The International Network on Innovative Apprenticeship (INAP) invites to its 5th Conference: Apprenticeship in a Globalised World: Premises, Promises and Pitfalls - Date: April, 23rd and 24th  2013
The University of Johannesburg, South Africa in cooperation with the Manufacturing, Engineering and Related Services Sector Education and Training Authority (merSETA) and the European Research Network in Vocational Education and Training (VETNET) is organising an international conference which will adress topics related to the principal theme apprenticeship in a globalised world. Further information can be taken from the Call for Papers on the INAP website. Registration closes on Nov, 1st 2012. Contact: Silke Pieneck (silke.pieneck@ife.uzh.ch)
INAP website: http://www.inap-network.de/
Call for Papers: http://www.inap.uni-bremen.de/dl/call_for_papers_inap_2013.pdf
(Received from: Silke Pieneck)

UFHRD/ HEA Workshop 26 October 2012
Learning, Research and Impact, University of Portsmouth, Hampshire, UK
This one-day workshop provides an opportunity for those involved in research into learning to 'showcase' their research; to share practice about achieving and evaluating impact and to initiate or take forward productive, research-informed networks and special interest groups. We envisage a highly participative and stimulating day. The intention is to generate a forum for constructive dialogue about making an impact through research into learning and pedagogy. We welcome contributions from HE professionals engaged in research into their learning and teaching practice and researchers in the field of learning and development more widely. The workshop will take place in the state-of-the-art Portsmouth University Graduate School facilities. Please see the link for more information: http://onlinestore.port.ac.uk/browse/extra_info.asp?compid=1&catid=44&modid=2&prodid=83&deptid=15&prodvarid=0. This workshop is financially supported by HEA (Higher Education Academy), UFHRD (University Forum for HRD) and University of Portsmouth. This enables us to keep the costs to a very modest £25 per participant with free places for 15 participants (priority will be given to research students). Participants whose institutions subscribe to HEA may also be eligible to benefit from the HEA UK travel fund – see http://www.heacademy.ac.uk/travel-fund for more information. Further enquiries welcomed by Valerie.anderson@port.ac.uk
(Received from:  Valerie Anderson)

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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The Directory of Masters Programmes [www.master.wifo-gate.org], provided as part of the WIFO Gateway, will be updated shortly. You are invited to check the present entries and contribute new information on Masters programmes related to work and learning in Europe. 
Contributions are also welcome for the Directory of Doctoral Dissertations (www.ddd.wifo-gate.org), 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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DISCO II final conference 
"Describing Learning Outcomes and Skills Profiles. European Terminologies of Skills and Competences" at ISFOL, Rome (Italy) 18 October 2012, 09.30 – 16:45
The aim of the event is to bring together experts working in the field of skills and competences, as well as learning outcome descriptions, for exchanging information. About 60 representatives and stakeholders of the European Commission, Ministries, Public Employment Services, Education and Training Institutions as well as Research Centres will participate in the conference. The results from the DISCO II project will be presented in the context of present developments of European terminologies for describing learning outcomes and skills profiles. Topics for further discussion will include the question how common European terminologies such as DISCO and ESCO (European taxonomy of Skills/Competences, qualifications and Occupation) can support the international comparability of competence descriptions in education and labour market and which application scenarios for these taxonomies exist.
Speakers will be, amongst others, Martin le Vrang (European Commission, DG EMPL), Koen Nomden (European Commission, DG EAC), Marc Willem (Cedefop), Dora Gudlin (EU Publication Office) and the project coordinators Heidemarie Müller-Riedlhuber and Petra Ziegler (3s Unternehmensberatung). For more information on the project see: www.disco-tools.eu
Contact: mueller@3s.co.at or ziegler@3s.co.at
(Received from:  Petra Ziegler)

ProfDRV: Professional driving – more than just driving
Improving professional driver training across Europe by applying the EQFs - Conference at GSI, Bonn (DE), 13-14 December 2012
Well qualified professional drivers are a key factor in order to ensure safety on European roads and the success of today's transport industry. EC directive 2003/59 makes an important contribution to facilitate the way towards a common minimum level of professional driver qualification. This conference focuses on the current situation of professional driver qualification and how it can be improved by applying European vocational education and training (VET) tools such as the European Qualifications Framework (EQF). It discusses a number of questions such as: #How can professional driver training in Europe be improved with European VET tools in order to meet the needs of the European transport industry and of professional drivers in Europe? #What contribution can European VET tools make in order to ensure this common minimum qualification through transparency and comparability of professional driver training across borders? - The conference offers opportunities for transport and education stakeholders to exchange ideas with colleagues from abroad and to contribute to and discuss the improvement of professional driver training with European VET tools.
Website: www.project-profdrv.eu; Conference Programme: http://www.project-profdrv.eu/index.php?id=243; Contact: EU-project.akademie@dekra.com
(Received from:  Tanja Bacher tanja.bacher@3s.co.at)

World TVET Database (pilot project)
The World TVET Database is UNESCO-UNEVOC's endeavour to provide concise, reliable and up-to-date information on technical and vocational education and training systems around the world, in one single place. The country reports intend to enable students and researchers of TVET as well as policy makers and TVET professionals around the world to identify trends and challenges in TVET as well as information gaps, and to encourage comparative studies of different countries' TVET systems.
The Database kicks off with a pilot phase during which information on key aspects that apply in all contexts will be displayed under a small number of general headings, namely: #TVET mission, legislation and national policy or strategy; #structure of the TVET system: formal, non-formal and informal TVET systems; #governance and financing; #TVET teachers and trainers; #qualifications and qualification frameworks; and #current and ongoing reforms, projects and challenges.
In addition, the Database will feature statistical information, links to TVET institutions and UNEVOC Centres in the country, as well as links to relevant documents and sources. For more information go to http://www.unevoc.unesco.org/worldtvetdatabase.php?q=wtdb_about
(Info received via UNESCO-UNEVOC e-Forum http://www.unevoc.unesco.org/e-forum Login for read-only access: User "Bulletin", password "read"; contributions and feedback: forum@unevoc.unesco.org )

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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Overview of articles on cross-European issues

An investigation of articles published in major journals related to VET and HRD research (11) since the mid-1990s has revealed that transnational studies on European issues (105) reached a peak in 2008/2009 (13 each), followed however by a decline towards 2012. This trend was, no doubt, partly due to the fact that the "European Journal of Vocational Training", which accounted for nearly a half of all the selected articles, was no longer available for publishing after 2009. Nevertheless, it may also be asked whether VET- and HRD-related research into cross-European issues has perhaps no longer received the attention and/or support it used to have. This would certainly be worrying, not least in view of the present problems we are facing in the European Union! In any event, the question of where we stand in European research should be worth considering. The newly compiled Overview of articles on cross-European issues (www.articles.wifo-gate.org), provided as part of the WIFO Gateway may serve as a background for this debate.
(Contributed by: Sabine Manning)

Facing the Changing Demands of Europe: integrating entrepreneurship education in Finnish teacher training curricula
Article by Jaana Seikkula-Leino, Elena Ruskovaara, Heikki Hannula and Tuija Saarivirta, published in the European Educational Research Journal (Volume 11, Number 3, http://www.wwwords.co.uk/eerj/content/pdfs/11/issue11_3.asp)
The European Union considers the learning of entrepreneurial skills to be an essential factor in creating welfare. Therefore, in the EU one of the latest core aspects is to develop entrepreneurship education in teacher education. However, entrepreneurship education still seems to be, across the countries, a quite uncommon theme. This paper describes the ways in which entrepreneurship education is included in the curricula of Finnish teacher training. In the curricula of vocational teacher education units, the inclusion of entrepreneurship education has developed relatively effectively, whereas the academic teacher education units have not really increased the quantity of entrepreneurship education in their curricula. In the curricula of the teacher training schools, entrepreneurship education is mentioned at least as a formality. The current unstable situation in the European Union requires not only economic arrangements, but also new approaches in other areas, such as education and its reform.  As an implication for practice, we propose there could be more support for curriculum design of higher education, both at national and EU levels. For more information, please contact: jaana.seikkula-leino@utu.fi
(Received from: Laura Yöntilä laura.yontila@utu.fi)

The European Qualification Framework: skills, competences or knowledge?
Article by Philippe Méhaut and Christopher Winch, published in the European Educational Research Journal (Volume 11, Number 3, http://www.wwwords.co.uk/eerj/content/pdfs/11/issue11_3.asp)
The European Qualification Framework (EQF) is intended to transform European national qualification frameworks (NQFs) by moulding them into a learning outcomes framework. Currently adopted as an enabling law by the European Union, the EQF has now operated for several years. In order to secure widespread adoption, however, it will be necessary for it to be anchored at the sectoral and occupational levels in the European labour market as well as at the European and national levels. The article assesses the progress made so far, identifies difficulties encountered and modifications that need to be made and provides an appraisal of the likely evolution of the EQF. It is argued that it is likely that some key design features, such as the 'strong' approach to learning outcomes and a narrow conception of competence, will not survive modification and adaptation in the context of the European labour market. The argument is illustrated with some recent research on the EQF.
(Contribution based on the authors' abstract)

NOTE:  In addition to the Overview of articles on cross-European issues [www.articles.wifo-gate.org], there is also the WIFO Bookshelf [www.books.wifo-gate.org], a collection of references to publications in the field of learning and work. 
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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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