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

Edition: June 2016 [www.news.wifo-gate.org][Impressum]

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Dear Colleagues

Particularly worth noting in this edition are calls for papersrelating to the EAPRIL conference in Porto (see Conferences), the recently launched International Journal of HRD Practice, Policy & Research and a Special Issue of the IJRVET (see Publications).Also included is an invitation to the ICO International Fall School 2016 (see Programmes).

Many thanks to all who contributed information for this edition and who sent helpful feedback. The L&W Newsletter reaches you via a mailing list of about 1500 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. The next edition will appear in early August 2016. You are invited to submit short pieces of news (texts of 100 to 200 words, without attachments, but including links to web pages) - please by 31 July 2016 at the latest!

Should you prefer to read the current edition online, you can find it on the L&W website (www.news.wifo-gate.org) under June 2016. Please pass the Newsletter on to your own colleagues and networks. Special thanks to our partners CR&DALL, PASCAL International Observatory, UFHRD, UNEVOC, VET&Culture and VETNET for sharing the L&W Newsletter via their mailing lists and web portals! 

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


EAPRIL 2016 conference in Porto - deadline extended!
We wish to invite you to our next EAPRIL conference, which will take place in Porto, Portugal from 22 to 25 November 2016. EAPRIL is the European Association for Practitioner Research on Improving Learning, both in education and professional practice, and brings together research and practice as well as educational and professional learning. Our upcoming 2016 conference will focus on the implications of the digital era on learning, working and practitioner research. Our keynote speakers Prof. Diana Laurillard and Prof. Alexander Gröschner will speak on the use of digital platforms and video in learning and teaching practice respectively. The EAPRIL Conference is known to be highly interactive and offers a wide range of presentation formats, both traditional formats and more innovative ones such as the popular Flipping the Session format and the new Case Study session. The EAPRIL Board has decided to extend the submission deadline until 6 June 2016, Midnight CET! Please visit the conference website for more information: https://eaprilconference.org
(Update of info posted by Laure Mostinckx <Laure.mostinckx@eapril.org>

EARLI SIG 14 Update: Bridging Professional Development Research
International Conference: 8th EARLI SIG 14 Learning and Professional Development 24-26 August 2016, Regensburg (Germany)
The theme of the 2016 conference is: "SIGnature: Bridging Professional Development Research". The special interest group (SIG14) Learning and Professional Development of the EARLI (European Association for Research on Learning and Instruction) focuses on professional and vocational education as well as training. EarliSig14 has a particular set of interests associated with learning at and for work. The nature of the research conducted by SIG members is influenced by various scientific disciplines and paradigms. The conference will consider how this variety of approaches can be effectively combined, what has been done so far to bridge gaps, and what can be learned from these attempts. Out of these deliberations should emerge what topics, how and where, are important for future research on professional development. An exciting programme of activities is planned, including a series of Masterclasses for Doctoral students taking place prior to the main conference. We are delighted to confirm Professor Andrea Ellinger and Professor Rudolf Tippelt as conference keynote speakers. Further information can be found at www.ur.de/earlisig14.
(On behalf of the Local Organizing Committee, Elena Stamouli <Eleni.Stamouli@paedagogik.uni-regensburg.de>)

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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Networks and Organisations

Increased cooperation between Céreq and BIBB 

Céreq welcomed a delegation from The Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (BIBB) whose members included, among others, Professor Reinhold Weiss (Director of Research) and Ms Birgit Thomann (Head of the International Relations Department). The occasion was the signing of the new biannual cooperation agreement for 2016-2017. BIBB and Céreq are committed to promoting joint research on vocational education and training by sharing projects and knowledge and providing mutual support. A joint conference in Brussels is also planned for the beginning of 2017. This conference will focus on youth transition paths from school to VET and from VET to the labour market, and will enable officials of EU institutions to familiarise themselves with BIBB and Céreq research findings and assist them in realising their ambition to build a broader community of national research centres working on VET topics. Read more on the Céreq website (www.cereq.fr).
(Info received from Céreq news n° 3, Spring 2016) 

Your guide: Who's who in transnational European VET and HRD research
The Directory of Professional Contacts (www.dpc.wifo-gate.org), maintained by the Research Forum WIFO, serves as a Who's who, offering up-to-date information on more than 200 contacts across 30 countries in the field of transnational European VET and HRD research. Each person included in the DPC is both a producer of transnational research and an active transnational networker. The criteria for inclusion in the DPC, and and the references to individual professional work are explained in the introduction. They relate to evidence of transnational activities presented in WIFO resources of European collaboration such as the Bookshelf, Overview of articles, Conference page, ECER VETNET Proceedings and Overview of HRD conference papers, Networks at a glance and Overview of projects. The DPC is updated continuously as part of European collaboration in VET and HRD research.
(Contributed by Sabine Manning)

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]. Major online resources related to European research networks include the ECER VETNET Proceedings (www.ecer-vetnet.wifo-gate.org) offering a complete and up-to-date collection of conference papers submitted since 1998, and the Overview of selected HRD conference papers (www.ehrd-papers.wifo-gate.org).
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The ICO International Fall School 2016 

October 31 to November 4, 2016 - Bad Schussenried, Germany 
We are pleased to invite you to come to the 12th ICO International Fall School (IFS) 2016 in Bad Schussenried (Germany). The ICO IFS2016 is a conference and an international educational event for all PhD-candidates who do research in the domain of learning, instruction and education. The primary aim of the ICO Fall School is to learn: learn from the keynote speeches, the various workshops by experts, and by presenting or discussing issues with regard to your own PhD-project. The second aim is to socialize and form a network in an international scientific community. The ICO IFS2016 is a valuable event for all PhD-candidates, independent of the stage of your research project. All PhD-candidates who do research in the domains of learning, instruction, and/ or education are welcome! The ICO IFS2016 is organised by ICO (the Interuniversity Center for Educational Research in the Netherlands and Flanders), the University of Regensburg and the LEAD Graduate School Tübingen. ICO IFS2016 website: https://sites.google.com/site/icofallschool2016/
(Info received from Caroline Vonk, Executive Secretary ICO <c.vonk@vu.nl> c/o Martin Mulder)

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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European projects on capabilities

Over the last decade, Céreq has taken a major role in developing the capability approach to the study of training, work and employment at the European level through its participation in various projects funded by the European Commission (Capright, Workable, Society). The issue at stake now is to strengthen existing European partnerships and encourage new international initiatives, notably in collaboration with the Wissenschaftskolleg in Germany, the EHESS in France and Hitotsubashi University in Japan. Read moreon the Céreq website (www.cereq.fr).
(Info received from Céreq news n° 3, Spring 2016) 

Strengthening qualifications in the construction industry
A new project on the reform of the training for the "Meister" title in the German construction industry ("Geprüfter Polier") started in March 2016, funded by the programme "Digital media for vocational education and training" of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). The project ("Digiprob") focuses on the curriculum and course design, in order to increase integration and collaboration among lecturers and participants, with the support of digital media. The aim is to closely relate the course content and organisation to the skills and capacities needed in the world of work. The courses incorporate a 3-month project at the participants' companies. The project contributes to the future perspective of the European construction industry and its personnel, particularly on how to position their building site middle managers: as those coming via the skilled labour force or those entering this career from civil engineering or business sciences. The key question would be: how we want to train our construction people in the near future. This will be discussed further at the European Conference of Educational Research ECER Dublin 2016 and within the VETNET research network. Contact: ITB researchers Ludger Deitmer and Lars Heinemann deitmer@uni-bremen.de, lheine@uni-bremen.de
(Info received from Ludger Deitmer)

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: Sabine Manning
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Call for contributions: HRD Practice, Policy & Research
This is a call for contributions for the recently launched International Journal of HRD Practice, Policy & Research. The Editors are interested in three types of paper: Evidence-based HRD practice; Evidence-based policy and/ or implications for policy both within organizations and at national and international levels; Applied research. Specifically, we are interested in contributions which are #scholar-practitioner authored or from academic/ practitioner collaboration; #international - either by virtue of the authors location or, preferably, in terms of the focus of the paper. Issue 2 will be published in October and the deadline to be considered for Issue 2 is 30 June 2016. The editors welcome enquiries from anyone interested in submitting to the journal - please refer to the Call. The journal's web site, including articles published in the inaugural issue, can be viewed at www.ijhrdppr.com
(Info received from Rick Holden <R.J.Holden@LJMU.AC.UK> via UFHRD mailing list)

IJRVET Call: "Going back-to-school in vocational training"
Special Issue Call for Papers of the International Journal for Research in Vocational Education and Training (IJRVET)
In recent years, various scientific journals dealing with VET have addressed this topic of adults going back to school in terms of didactic and technological innovations, applied teaching programs or labor market demands. Few of them address educational, professional and personal trajectories of those adult students who enroll in a VET program. This special issue focuses on going back to school in VET. Although the individual must be at the heart of the theme, proposed papers could take different forms and methodological approaches. They might cover a variety of topics related to adult education paths. Guest Editors: Louis Cournoyer (Université du Québec à Montréal, Canada), Geneviève Fournier (Université Laval, Canada), Jonas Masdonati (Université de Lausanne, Switzerland). Prospective contributors are invited to submit an expression of interest and an extended abstract of up to 500 words by Thursday 1st September to Professor Louis Cournoyer <cournoyer.louis@uqam.ca>. Details of the Call: http://www.ijrvet.net/
(Info received from Michael Gessler <mgessler@uni-bremen.de>)

World-class apprenticeship standards
A new report was released at a Pearson Hot Breakfast Policy Seminar on 23 May 2016, which for the first time ever defined world-class apprenticeship standards. The report's main author, Dr Ruth Mieschbuehler, Lecturer in Education Studies and Education Researcher in the College of Education at the University of Derby UK, interviewed some of the world's leading apprenticeship reformers in countries such as Germany, Denmark, Australia and the Netherlands. The indicators that were developed can be used to create criteria against which all apprenticeship provision can be benchmarked. The recommendations will point towards a higher quality offering for apprentices and drive forward world-class apprenticeship standards in England. Report: World-Class Apprenticeship Standards: Report and Recommendations; Research cluster: Apprenticeship Research Cluster (ARC) University of Derby UK
(Contributed by Ruth Mieschbuehler <R.Mieschbuehler@derby.ac.uk>)

New issue of IJRVET: Vol. 3, Issue 1
The International Journal for Research in Vocational Education and Training (IJRVET) has published a new issue. The first regular edition of 2016 contains the following topics: Salim Akoojee explores the latest developments and the white paper for post-school education and training in South Africa; Krista Loogma's subject is Europeanization in VET policy as a process of reshaping the educational space: the case of Estonia; Suzanne Gatt and Kim Faurschou report about research results in implementing the European Quality Assurance in Vocational Education and Training (EQAVET) at national level, and give insights from the PEN Leonardo Project; Maia Chankseliani and Susan James Relly examine the entrepreneurial inclinations of young people who excel in vocational occupations. Please find the articles on http://www.ijrvet.net
(Posted by Susanne Kopatz <kopatz@uni-bremen.de>)

The Europeanization in VET policy
Krista Loogma (2016). Europeanization in VET policy as a process of reshaping the educational space. International Journal for Research in Vocational Education and Training (IJRVET) Vol. 3, No. 1 [Full Text]
The EU represents a transforming educational space, where national and supranational boundaries in educational governance are becoming blurred. The EU has become an  important actor in educational governance and an important arena for policy learning and transfer. This paper explores how the process of reshaping the educational space manifests itself in the process of the Europeanization of VET policy in the case of Estonia. In Estonia, this process was followed by the growth of executive VET institutions and has developed from rather uncritical initial policy transfer to more active learning from the EU, although conformism can still be seen in cases of the introduction of standardizing policy tools.
(Received from Krista Loogma <loogma@tlu.ee> c/o IJRVET)

Implementing the European Quality Assurance in VET
Suzanne Gatt, Kim Faurschou (2016). Implementing the European Quality Assurance in Vocational Education and Training (EQAVET) at national level: Some insights from the PEN Leonardo Project. International Journal for Research in Vocational Education and Training (IJRVET) Vol. 3, No. 1 29-45, DOI: 10:13152/IJRVET.3.1.3 [Full Text]
This paper tackles EQAVET, the quality assurance (QA) tool in vocational and educational training (VET), developed as a European tool to ensure a supply of a trained workforce for labour market needs and its implementation at national level, which remains a challenge. The research reported forms part of the Leonardo project PEN (http://eqavet2enqavet.eu/#/project/products) and provides results on the implementation of QA and EQAVET in the 4 project partner countries: Malta, Italy, Turkey, and Sweden. Data was collected through a questionnaire with 62 VET providers. Responses showed that there is an overall commitment to quality across the majority of VET providers. There is, however, limited knowledge of EQAVET, with the exception of Malta. None the less, all VET providers were found to possess, to different degrees, a number of QA processes within EQAVET, even if this was not always done intentionally. The four countries, however, are far from fully implementing EQAVET. Reflections are made on whether QA principles instead of EQAVET should be promoted.
(Contributed by: Suzanne Gatt <suzanne.gatt@um.edu.mt>)

The Informational Basis of Judgement of VET
Aurora López-Fogués, Alejandra Boni Aristizábal (2016). The Informational Basis of Judgement (IBJ) of Vocational Education and Training (VET) in Spain - too many reforms from a too narrow perspective. SOCIOLOGIA DEL LAVORO Issue: 141.
This paper explores the Informational Basis of Judgement (IBJ) of Vocational Education and Training (VET) in Spain in relation to other European VET systems. Using the Capability Approach (CA) for VET evaluation as a main theoretical framework, the article uses a historical review to move the discussion on the goals of VET from the economic terrain to the individual and social one, in which dialogue is the cornerstone. The core principles of deliberative democracy that are offered as part of a valid IBJ offer an exploratory space for criticizing but also for revealing the potentialities of a VET reform in Spain, and the possibilities for success or failure based on differences with other countries from where those reforms are inspired. The paper is structured as follows. First, it scrutinizes the content of the VET reforms and its features. Thereafter it focuses on the mandatory in-company training period as one important future of VET and a step towards the track system. Then the second section turns to a discussion of the IBJ to reveal the democratic deficiencies in the design and implementation of educational reforms, before concluding by summarizing the main points. 
(Contributed by Aurora López-Fogués <aulofo@gmail.com>)

Evaluating the EU's lifelong learning policies
Alexandru Clain (2016). Challenges in evaluating the EU's lifelong learning policies. International Journal of Lifelong Education. Volume 35, Issue 1 [Details]
Since the early 1990s, lifelong learning has become a major policy concern for the European Union, being seen as a means for enabling individuals to be more competitive in social and economic contexts that are continually changing. After a series of white papers and strategies in the field of lifelong learning, the EU launched the Lifelong Learning Programme in 2007, which dealt with the most pressing issues in the field. In the light of the complexity of this programme, we need to ask ourselves if traditional evaluation models and approaches are appropriate for evaluating complex educational policies and programmes in the educational field. Thus, the aim of this article is to explore the challenges which arise when evaluating the EU's lifelong learning policies and programmes in general, and the Lifelong Learning Programme 2007-2013 in particular, as well as to propose several new directions for meeting these challenges.
(Contributed by: Alex Clain <alexclain@yahoo.com>)

NOTE: Updates on publications provided by the WIFO Gateway include the WIFO Bookshelf [www.books.wifo-gate.org], a collection of references to publications focusing on cross-European issues of work and learning, and "From the Journals" - Overview of articles on cross-European issues in VET and HRD research [www.articles.wifo-gate.org], selected from 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 1400 experts in 40 countries (mostly Europe);
Details and Archive of the L&W Newsletter [www.news.wifo-gate.org].
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