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

Edition: December 2017 [www.news.wifo-gate.org][Impressum]

[Conferences] [Networks] [Programmes] [Projects] [Publications]

Dear Colleagues

Particularly worth noting in this edition are calls for papers or proposals relating to: the CIEDO conference on leadership and management of talents in Barcelona, #EDEN18 on the digital learning landscape in Geneva, ISSWOV 2018 on work & organizational values in Trieste, the conference on Employer Engagement and Trainingin London, BAICE 2018 on comparative and international education in York(see Conferences), the UFHRD annual conferenceinNewcastle-upon-Tyne, the conference of the ESREA Network on Adult Learning and Communities in Opatija (Croatia), JURE 2018 for junior researchers in Antwerp, ECER 2018 in Bolzano (see Networks and Organisations), ICO ISS 2018: Networking for PhD candidates in (see Projects) and the Anniversary Special Issue of Management Learning (see Publications).

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 February 2018. 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 January 2018 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 December 2017. Please pass the Newsletter on to your 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 


5th International EDO Congress (CIEDO)

Under the moto "Leadership and management of talent in organizations", the CIEDO Conference will be held in Barcelona 9th - 11th May 2018, with the aim of discussing managers' roles in knowledge and talent management in organizations and corporative social networks to promote social and action learning as a tool to facilitate professional development. CIEDO will have the presence of professors and experts at national level, as well as professors with international recognition such as Duncan Waite (Texas State University) and Nancy Dixon (Common Knowledge Associates), who will give keynote speeches. The Conference will be organized in a schedule full of symposia, communications and workshops. If you are interested in enrolling in the Conference, register here and submit your proposal (oral communications, posters, workshops and symposia) by January 12 at section of contributions.
(Received from Patricia Olmos Rueda <Patricia.Olmos@uab.cat>)

#EDEN18: Digital learning landscape
EDEN 2018 Annual Conference: Exploring the Micro, Meso and Macro - Navigating between dimensions in the digital learning landscape. Genova, Italy 17-20 June 2018
Call for contributions: We need expert reflections of practice that support paradigm-changing transformation based on systematic knowledge. Join the Conference in Genova to tell us about your research, projects and experience! Networking and interactivity, sharing and discussion will be core aspects of the conference experience, focusing on what you can learn from and with your peers. Submissions, taking into account the Conference Scope and relating to the Conference Themes, are welcome in paper, poster, workshop, training, demonstration and synergy formats. Submission deadline for contributions: 5 January 2018. See Conference website. Inquiries in relation to the Conference should be sent to: genova@eden-online.org
(Info received via EDEN-NEWS)

ISSWOV 2018: Call for papers
In 2018 the International Society for the Study of Work & Organizational Values will hold its biennial conference in Trieste (Italy), 1-4 July 2018. Submissions and registrations will be handled electronically via ConfTool. The link to ConfTool will soon be available here. Call for papers: The theme of the conference is Organization 4.1: The role of values in the organizations of the 21th century. ISSWOV welcomes contributions: papers (250 words abstract); symposia (500 words abstract; 3-6 contributions; min. 3 countries); posters (250 words abstract). Abstracts should be sent by 15 December 2017. Acceptance will be notified by 26 January 2018. Full papers should be sent by 15 May 2018 (full papers submission is optional). As always in ISSWOV conferences, the submitted texts will be considered for publication in a book or in special issues of leading journals. Please visit the web site: www.units.it/isswov2018, the Call for papers and the Facebook page.
(Info received from Sara Cervai <cervai@units.it>)

Employer engagement in VET
Call for paper: 5th International Conference on Employer Engagement and Training: 5-6 July 2018, London UK
This joint conference, hosted by the charities Education and Employers and the Edge Foundation with support from the Department for Business Energy Innovation and Skills, will focus on employer engagement in education and training, vocational education and how these relate to the Government's plans for increasing social mobility, the implementation of its Industrial Strategy and improving the flow of skills into the labour market post-Brexit. The conference also seeks to reflect on reforms and policy shifts in relation to vocational education and training and employer engagement internationally. Conference themes: (1) The future of skills and labour; (2) Social mobility and the role of employer engagement; (3) Diversity in VET; (4) Governance and leadership. Abstracts must be submitted by 20 January 2018. For more information, and to submit an abstract, please visit the conference website and the Call for papers.
(Info received from Andrea Laczik <andrea.laczik@education.ox.ac.uk> and Jordan Rehill <jordan.rehill@educationandemployers.org>)

BAICE 2018: Comparative and international education
British Association of International and Comparative Education (BAICE) 2018 Conference at the University of York, 12-14 September, 2018
The aim of this conference is to consider how central concepts in the field of comparative and international education - such as development, sustainability and global social justice - can be reimagined in order to offer new trajectories for educational research, policy and practice. This means searching for alternative approaches and rethinking the intersections between the many debates. We welcome papers that discuss comparative and international education, formal and non-formal learning at primary, secondary and tertiary level or adult education, across all global regions including high, middle and low-income countries. Papers which reflect on innovative or alternative approaches, or transformative initiatives that challenge inequalities or provide solutions to social challenges, are all encouraged. We are calling for papers that will help us to identify possibilities for education, that critique, question and challenge accepted wisdom and provide inspiration to think about the role of education in different ways. Abstracts due by 1st Feb. See conference website
(Info received via CR&DALL Site Digest for 09/11/17)

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

Reminder: UFHRD Conference Call for Papers

The University Forum for HRD Annual Conference 2018 will take place at Northumbria University, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK  6-8 June, 2018. The theme of the UFHRD 2018 Conference is: Power and possibility: unleashing the potential of HRD 
We are delighted to be receiving a good flow of abstract submissions for the 19th UFHRD Conference that is to be hosted by us at Northumbria University. This is a reminder, that if you have yet to submit your abstract, the final deadline for submission for both the main conference and for the Doctoral symposium is Friday 8th December, 2017 at 12 noon GMT. Because of the time constraints faced by our Stream Leaders and their reviewers, we are unable to extend this deadline date. Further information on the conference theme, streams, key dates and submission details are available on our website at www.northumbria.ac.uk/ufhrd2018. We look forward to seeing you in Newcastle in June. Kate Black, Russell Warhurst and Jamie Callahan - Conference Co-Leads.
(Received from Kate Black <kate.black@northumbria.ac.uk>)

Agenda 2030 for adult learning
The 10th Conference of the ESREA Network Between Global and Local: Adult Learning and Communities (BGL-ALC) on "Education 2030 & Adult Learning: Global Perspectives and Local Communities - Bridges or Gaps? Agendas, praxis and research" will be held in Opatija, Croatia from 7 to 10 June 2018.
If education and learning SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals) are to be achieved, active participation and collaboration between communities around the world, including all relevant sectors and stakeholders, will be required. While change will be ultimately driven by measures taken by national, regional and local governing institutions, this will need to be supported by effective multi-stakeholder partnerships. Implementing the Agenda will require national, regional and global mechanisms for governance, accountability, coordination, monitoring, follow-up and review, reporting and evaluation. It will also require enabling strategies, including partnerships and financing. We need to create processes that generate engagement with the SDGs at the community level. How can individuals and collectives contribute to achieving the Agenda 2030 for adult learning? Further information on the conference website, deadline for submitting abstracts  31 January 2018.
(Contributed by Emilio Lucio-Villegas Ramos <elucio@us.es>)

JURE 2018 - Second call for proposals
We are happy to announce the 22nd conference of the JUnior REsearchers (JURE) of the European Association for Research on Learning and Instruction (EARLI) which will take place from July 2nd - 6th 2018 in Antwerp, Belgium. The theme of the JURE 2018 conference is "Learning and instruction with an impact - scaling up the skill, will and thrill of learning". The conference presentations, workshops and keynotes will showcase the newest findings about the cognitive, motivational and emotional aspects of learning and highlight the implications for practice and policy. We therefore want to welcome all contributions about learning and instruction in all possible contexts. We aim to provide participants with a broad range of research topics. The JURE 2018 Conference is now accepting submissions - the deadline expires on 12th December 2017 midnight CET. Click here to submit your proposal. Further information on the submission formats can be found at EARLI.org/JURE2018.
(Info received via CR&DALL Site Digest for 23/11/17 and CR&DALL website)

VETNET at ECER - preview and review
The call for papers for ECER 2018 in Bolzano 3-7 September 2018 is now open. The topic of the conference "Inclusion and Exclusion" is also relevant to VET research. Please consider submitting a paper, symposium or workshop on this topic or about any VET-related issue to Network 2, VETNET. The deadline for submission is 31 January 2018. - The ECER 2017 in Copenhagen was a success. Besides many people attending VETNET for years, a lot of new faces were seen in our network, bringing in new ideas, theories and methodologies. A growing number of colleagues from eastern and southern countries are contributing to VETNET, which is a very positive development. The general assembly of VETNET during ECER was well attended, and decided amongst other things to propose Prof. Dr. Johanna Lasonen as a honorary member of EERA for her engagement in VETNET (to be approved by the EERA council). The annual report and minutes of VETNET are available on the website of EERA. If you want to become more active in VETNET at the ECER conference, e.g. as a reviewer or chair: Please just drop us a line - the link convenors of VETNET Dr. Christof Nägele <christof.naegele@fhnw.ch>  & Prof. Dr. Barbara Stalder <barbara.Stalder@phbern.ch>.
(Posted by Christof Nägele & Barbara Stalder) 

ECER 2017 in Copenhagen: Insights
New blog posts by Pekka Kämäräinen on our work at ECER 2017 in Copenhagen - Insights into the sessions of the VETNET network
At the end of August, the VETNET network assembled at the European Conference on Educational Research (ECER 2017) in Copenhagen - at the Carlsberg campus of University College Copenhagen (UCC). After the conference Pekka Kämäräinen wrote a series of six blog posts on the sessions of the VETNET network, as part of his blog "Working & Learning". These posts are available via a news article on the website of the VETNET network (https://vetnetsite.org). With these snapshots, the vetnetsite adds new pages to the 'VETNET journey' - the series of blogs with which Pekka Kämäräinen covered the 20 years of VETNET activities in August 2016.
(Received from Pekka Kämäräinen <pkamar@uni-bremen.de>)

Update on VETNET activities
VETNET has been invited for the second time by the European Commission to organise a research workshop on the development of a European research agenda in VET during the VET Skills Week 2017. More than 90 researchers from all over Europe met in Brussels. Additionally, VETNET was mandated by the European Commission to organise the nomination procedure of the EC VET research award. This year's award winner is Em. Prof. Dr. Karen Evans. - The 2017 Crossing Boundaries Conference in Rostock,  which is linked to VETNET, brought together practice and research on a high level, thanks to Prof. Dr. Franz Kaiser and his team. The next Crossing Boundaries Conference will be held in 2019 in Spain. - VETNET is also very happy about the development of its journal IJRVET which has gained close attention by researchers and readers and gets listed in a growing number of indices. Thanks to the editor-in-chief Prof. Dr. Dr. hc. M. Gessler and all the other people involved in making our journal a success. - Please, consider visiting VETNET at vetnetsite.org and also register to receive news through that channel. 
(Posted by Christof Nägele & Barbara Stalder)

VET Research Award for Karen Evans
At the European Vocational Skills Week 2017, taking place in November in Brussels, the European Commission awarded Em. Prof. Dr. Karen Evans with the VET Research Award of the European Commission. Congratulations for the award for an outstanding researcher who has been active in VETNET for years! Prof Evans is Emeritus Professor of Education at the UCL Institute of Education, University of London; Honorary Professor in the Economic and Social Research Council LLAKES Centre for Learning and Life Chances; and Honorary Professor at RMIT University, Australia. Karen Evans' research and publications include initial, higher and continuous VET, learning at the workplace, lifelong learning, life and work transitions. Most recent publications: Youth and Work Transitions in Changing Social Landscapes (2013), Second International Handbook of Lifelong Learning (2012), The Sage Handbook of Workplace Learning (2011), Improving Literacy at Work (2011), Learning, Work and Social Responsibility: Challenges for Lifelong Learning in the Global Age (2009). Further details see news on vetnetsite.
(Info received from Christof Nägele <christof.naegele@fhnw.ch>, Barbara Stalder and Michael Gessler)

Cooperation between IJRVET and Cinterfor 
The International Journal for Research in Vocational Education and Training (IJRVET) and the International Labour Organization / Centro Interamericano para el Desarrollo del Conocimiento en la Formación Profesional (Cinterfor) agreed on joint cooperation.
Cinterfor, the Centro Interamericano para el Desarrollo del Conocimiento en la Formación Profesional / Inter-American Centre for Knowledge Development in Vocational Training, is a technical service of the International Labour Organization (ILO), created in 1963 and established in Montevideo, Uruguay. It is a response to the needs of people, enterprises and countries in the field of vocational training and the development of human resources. It works as the core of a knowledge management network of entities related to these topics. The network of Cinterfor is well established with members from Argentina, Barbados, Bolivia, Brazil, Bahamas, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Cape Verde, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Spain, Guatemala, Guayana, Honduras, Haiti, Jamaica, Saint Lucia, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, Paraguay, El Salvador, Trinidad and Tobago, Uruguay and Venezuela. Cinterfor is now a member in the IJRVET Advisory Board and represented in the IAB by its director, Professor Enrique Deibe. We are very delighted about this commitment and support, and we warmly welcome Cinterfor, Professor Enrique Deibe and all the countries on board! 
(Posted by Michael Gessler <mgessler@gmail.com> - see also news on vetnetsite)

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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ICO ISS 2018: Networking for PhD candidates
The Interuniversity Center for Educational Sciences (ICO) invites all PhD students in the domain of learning, instruction and/or education to come to ICO's international research event for PhD's: The ICO International Spring School 2018, at the abbey of Rolduc in the south of the Netherlands, March 19-23, 2018. You will spend 5 (or 3) days in the Dutch hills, between March 19 until the early afternoon of March 23, 2018. During this week you will participate in workshops given by international researchers, and you will be able to learn from the keynote addresses of two renowned scholars in the field of educational sciences. You will also present your work to each other, after which experienced researchers and your peers will provide you with feedback. There is also an extensive social programme, which allows you to really get to know your international colleagues and build up contacts for life. Important dates: October 27, 2017: Opening of registration; February 19, 2018: Deadline for registration and submission of abstracts and papers. For more information go to our website. Contact: Caroline Vonk c.vonk@uu.nl Twitter: @ico-education #ICOISS2018
(Info received from ICO <ICO@uu.nl>)

Social entrepreneurship among young people
Social Entrepreneurship, Youth and Vocational Education Forum: Towards Collaborative Practice 2018: Seminar/conference in Liverpool, United Kingdom, 27-30 March 2018
A cross-sector event exploring the potential of youth work, vocational education and training (VET) and Erasmus+ to foster social entrepreneurship among young people. The conference will provide Youth and Vocational Education practitioners working within the field of social innovation and entrepreneurship with the opportunity for networking and sharing ideas, tools, methods, challenges and good practice, especially focusing on using social enterprise as a way to encourage and enable young people to sustain their entrepreneurship life skills. Based on non-formal learning approaches which encourage your active participation, with room for sharing good practice and expressing yourself, the forum will be an exciting mix of presentations, workshops and field visits. More information about the project and previous editions can be found at http://www.tcpcommunity.eu/. Contact: Maria-Carmen Pantea <antea@policy.hu>
(Posted by Maria-Carmen Pantea)

HELIX Competence Centre, Linköping University, Sweden
HELIX Competence Centre is a 5-year program (2017-2021) with a focus on sustainable development in organisations. The common theme of the research is to develop knowledge about how good working conditions in terms of learning, health and gender equality can be combined with efficiency and innovation. The basis for our work is a partnership approach, where university, companies, public sector and labour market organisations work together in a so-called Triple Helix collaboration. In total, the 26 parties cooperate in various research and development initiatives. The interactive research approach that has been a trademark of our previous activities at Helix will continue to be the central point for the development of the research program. Interactive research is characterised by a continuous joint learning process between the researcher and the participants. The main focus is on the outcome of the research in terms of new theories and concepts, and a strong support for dissemination and knowledge use among partner organisations. Along with the new partnership, the researchers from the HELIX focus on four main areas: Sustainable development in industrial production systems; Growth and Development of Small Businesses; Sustainable, innovative and coordinated health and welfare services; Inclusive workplaces. For more information : www.liu.se/helix
(Contributed by Henrik Kock <henrik.kock@liu.se>)

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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Preventing dropouts in VET
We are pleased to invite you to the International Workshop "Preventing educational dropout in secondary vocational education", to be held on 18-19 December 2017 in Palma (Balearic Islands, Spain). This activity is part of the Project: "Pathways leading to success in, or dropout from, vocational training in the education system at levels 1 and 2" (Itinerarios de éxito y abandono en la formación profesional del sistema educativo de nivel 1 y 2 Ref.  EDU2013-42854-R), funded by the Ministry of Economy, Industry and Competition (Ministerio de Economía, Industria y Competitividad), the National Investigation Agency (Agencia Estatal de Investigación) and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) in the National Programme for Development and Innovation framework (I+D). Anticipating that the topics discussed in the workshop may be of interest to you, we eagerly await your participation. Participant registration sheets are available on our website. You are kindly requested to send an email to itinerariosfp.seminario@gmail.com for any inquiries. Please feel free to forward this invitation to anyone you think may be interested in attending this workshop. Project Coordinator: Francesca Salvà Mut.
(Received from Francesca Salvà Mut <f.salva@uib.es>)

DEMAL: Competence Profiles for Adult Educators
The European project "Designing, Monitoring and Evaluating Adult Learning Classes - Supporting Quality in Adult Learning" (DEMAL) has developed profiles for two professional key competences of adult educators: Design of Adult Learning, and Evaluation/Monitoring of Adult Learning Processes.  Referring to the European Reference Framework "Key competences for adult learning professionals" by Research voor Beleid (2010), DEMAL takes this work further by elaborating two competences from this framework in greater detail. Two related DEMAL training courses for adult educators will start in the spring 2018. For more information visit the website www.demalproject.eu and check the latest DEMAL newsletter. DEMAL Project Coordination: Susanne Lattke (lattke@die-bonn.de), German Institute for Adult Education Leibniz Centre for Lifelong Learning www.die-bonn.de
(Contributed by Susanne Lattke)

InnoVal - An LLLPlatform project on validation
The InnoVal Project (Innovative Assessment Methods for Validation) aims to address the urgent need to offer valid & reliable assessment methods that allow all learners to have a chance at validation, with a special focus on disadvantaged groups such as migrants, long-term unemployed, and those who have had an adverse experience with formal education, including school-based assessments. A consortium of 6 organisations from 5 different EU countries is working to build a shared understanding of quality principles of assessment. It will explore the benefits of non-traditional assessment methods for validation for low skilled adults as well as for migrants/refugees. The research phase of the InnoVal project on the state of the art in the use of alternative assessment methods for validation across Europe was concluded with interesting findings and useful outcomes. This first phase of the project included an online consultation that targeted validation practitioners, a study based on the individual's perspective identifying the needs of the specific InnoVal target groups, and a literature review leading to a final Needs Assessment report. 
(Source: LLLPlatform Insights - Validation Newsletter 8.11.17)

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 Papers: Anniversary Special Issue of Management Learning
Celebrating 50 years of Management Learning: Historical reflections at the intersection of the past and future. Deadline for submissions: June 01, 2018
Management Learning marks its 50th anniversary in 2020. Management Learning has a long history of publishing critical, reflexive scholarship on organizational knowledge and learning. This special issue provides a forum to celebrate and build on this history through critical and reflective engagement with the past, present and future of management learning, knowledge and education. Taking a historical approach is all the more pressing, given recent and impending crises - geo-political, technological, environmental and humanitarian - since some crises only make sense when seen in the fullness of time (Casson and Casson, 2013). We therefore encourage scholarship that challenges the disciplinary past of management knowledge, learning and education, and enables more diverse, innovative futures to be imagined. For more information see Special issue call for papers.
(Received from Gabrielle Durepos <gabrielle.durepos@MSVU.CA> via Jim Stewart/ University Forum for HRD mailing list)

Career Guidance and Social Justice
T. Hooley, R.G. Sultana & R. Thomsen (eds)(2017). Career Guidance and Social Justice: Contesting Neoliberalism. Routledge [Details]
This edited collection examines the intersections between career guidance, social justice and neo-liberalism. Contributors offer an original and global discussion of the role of career guidance in the struggle for social justice, and evaluate the field from a diverse range of theoretical positions. Through a series of chapters that positions career guidance within a neoliberal context, and presents theories to inform an emancipatory direction for the field, this book raises questions, offers resources and provides some glimpses of an alternative future for work. Drawing on education, sociology, and political science, this book addresses the theoretical basis of career guidance involvement in social justice, as well as the methodological consequences in relation to career guidance research.
(Posted by Ronald Sultana <ronald.sultana@um.edu.mt>)

Apprenticeship across eight national contexts
A new publication prepared by the researchers at the University of Oxford and funded by the World Innovation Summit for Education:Chankseliani, M., Keep, E., & Wilde, S. (2017). People and policy: A comparative study of apprenticeship across eight national contexts [Details]
This comparative study examines apprenticeship - a globally recognized, work-based model of learning that links on-the-job training with institution-based or off-the-job training in eight countries: Australia, Denmark, Egypt, England, Finland, Germany, India, and South Africa. The report uses documentary analysis as its central methodological approach, citing, summarizing, synthesizing, analyzing and critically reflecting on existing literature and data produced by international organizations, government agencies, universities, and research institutions. The study combines analysis at the macro, meso, and micro levels to explore and define the incentives and disincentives for learners and employers to engage with apprenticeships, and to re-imagine apprenticeship policy and purpose.  The report includes a focus on the demographics of apprentices, the challenges faced by apprenticeship systems, and the limitations of the research posed by the lack of comparable data on apprenticeship.
(Contributed by Maia Chankseliani <maia.chankseliani@education.ox.ac.uk>)

IJRVET special issue: Going back-to-school in VET
The International Journal for Research in Vocational Education and Training (IJRVET) has published the special issue "Going Back-to-School in Vocational Education and Training" (Volume 4, Issue 3). The special issue of 2017 contains the following topics: the editors Louis Cournoyer, Geneviève Fournier and Jonas Masdonati give an introduction about the special edition "Going Back-to-School in VET", summarizing the issues' contributions. Erika Gericke presents results of a qualitative comparative study about English and German car mechatronics; Louis Cournoyer and Frédéric Deschenaux aim to identify key rationales guiding the decisions of adults aged 25 years and older to return to education in the context of VET in Canada; Jonas Masdonati, Geneviève Fournier and Imane Zineb Lahrizi report the results of qualitative research on adults who are enrolled in a VET program with the intention of changing their careers; Anna Hagen Tønder and Tove Mogstad Aspøy explore personal trajectories within the Norwegian context to gain a better understanding of why people choose to obtain a trade certificate as young adults; and Henriette Duch and Karen Egedal Andreasen examine the learning trajectories of vocational teachers in Denmark who choose to return to vocational colleges as VET teachers.  Please find all articles on http://www.ijrvet.net
(Posted by: Larissa Freund <ijrvet@uni-bremen.de>)

Learning from Europe and for Europe with David Raffe
Pekka Kämäräinen. Learning from Europe and for Europe with David Raffe - insights into early years of European cooperation in vocational education and training research. Journal of Education and Work. Volume 30, 2017, Issue 7: Bridging Divides - social science, educational policy and the improvement of education and training systems: an appreciation of the contribution of David Raffe (1950 - 2015) [Details]
This article provides a picture of the contribution of David Raffe to European cooperation in the field of vocational education and training (VET). It is based on the experience of the author and his colleagues in European events and projects in which David participated from the early 1990s until 2009. Section 2 gives impressions of David's contribution to the theme 'Modularisation' during the early years of European educational cooperation. Section 3 gives insights into David's role in the founding phase of the VETNET network (the European Vocational Education and Training Research Network) of the European Educational Research Association (EERA). Section 4 takes a closer look at David's contribution to the European cooperation project 'Finding new strategies for post-16 education' and to the theme 'parity of esteem between general and vocational education'. Section 5 discusses David's role as a policy advisor and policy analyst at the level of European VET policies. The final section presents some concluding remarks on the way that David worked as a colleague and as policy analyst at the national and European level.
(Received from Pekka Kämäräinen <pkamar@uni-bremen.de>)

Adults' strong problem-solving skills
Raija Hämäläinen, Bram De Wever, Kari Nissinen, Sebastiano Cincinnato (2017). Understanding adults' strong problem-solving skills based on PIAAC.  Journal of Workplace Learning. Volume 29, Issue 7/8 [Details]
This study is part of a research line focusing on the problem-solving skills of adults with a vocational education and training (VET) background. In this research line, large-scale assessment data of the Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC) was used. Our previous research has shown that the problem-solving skills of adults with a VET background in technology-rich environments (TREs) are often inadequate. However, some adults with a VET background do have sound problem-solving skills. Our recent study provides insight into the socio-demographic, work-related, and everyday life factors that are associated with a strong problem-solving performance. The study builds PIAAC-data and gives insight into VET adults with strong problem-solving skills in eleven European countries. It provides new knowledge with respect to the socio-demographic, work-related, and everyday life background factors that contribute to successful VET adults' problem-solving skills. Our findings illustrate that a continuous process of development, including non-formal and informal activity as well as learning taking place at work, is associated with a strong performance in problem-solving skills in TRE. An important implication of this study is that this new knowledge about good problem-solvers in TREs with a VET background can be used to support the development of VET adults' problem-solving skills in TREs.
(Contributed by Raija Hämäläinen <raija.h.hamalainen@jyu.fi>)

A new language of competence
Giuditta Alessandrini (2017): Competences and European Framework: Which Critical Approach in front of The Great Transformation? E-Journal of International and Comparative Labour Studies, Vol 6 No 3 [Details]
Competence is the ability of people to implement knowledge, skills and attitudes to achieve higher levels of performance, and knowledge for one's development. A wide range of pedagogical literature has been produced on competence, but we think an additional and more dynamic definition of competence is needed. Considering the results of a European project - SMEQUAL - and its theoretical insights, the paper discusses the issues of competence considering authors like Salling, Olesen and Weinert. The paper reaches the following conclusions: the notion of competence is relevant for both technical knowledge and in terms of relations and ethics concerning people's behaviour. We agree with Olesen's views that there is a need for a new language of competence which moves towards a more relational and holistic view. This research provides a critical debate about the concept of competence. The paper underlines some opportunities for a more extensive concept of competence drawing on the capability approach of Sen and Nussbaum.
(Contributed by Giuditta Alessandrini <giuditta.alessandrini@uniroma3.it>)

Recruiting for international assignments
Svala Guðmundsdóttir; Sigrún Edda Eðvarðsdóttir (2017). Recruiting for international assignments: looking beyond technical knowledge. International Journal of Human Resources Development and Management. Vol.17, No.3/4. [Details]
In this global world that we live in, international assignments and movement of employees from one county to another are becoming the new norm.  Choosing the right employee for such tasks is important and can in some cases, be crucial for the assignment to be successful. If this is not attended to, the effects can be poor performance, premature return from the assignment, anxiety and other emotional issues. There is considerable research available on expatriate selection; however, little research has been undertaken on expatriate selection in Iceland. In order to address this research gap, the authors sought to investigate further the personal traits which current and prior expatriates within the Icelandic fishing industry identify as valuable in order to perform their jobs effectively and adjust to the new cultural environment. Interviews were conducted with eight individuals. Participants discussed the importance of background, education, the ability to speak the local language, and knowledge of fish as being valuable traits. They also emphasised the importance of the personality traits often labelled the Big Five. These results give Icelandic companies working in the fishing industry an indication on how to develop further their recruitment processes in order to increase the likelihood of the right person being recruited.
(Contributed by Svala Guðmundsdóttir <svala@hi.is>)

Developing international talents
Christian Hirt, Renate Ortlieb, Julian Winterheller, Almina Besic, Josef Scheff (2017). Developing international talents: How organisational and individual perspectives interact. European Journal of Training and Development. Vol. 41, Issue 7 [Details]
Focusing on an international trainee- and internship programme, this paper aims to propose a new framework that links organisational strategies regarding ethnic diversity with career competencies of the programme participants. The paper adopts a case study design. It examines the interplay of the perspectives of the organisation, which is an Austrian bank, and of the programme participants, who are university graduates from South-Eastern Europe. It draws on the typology of diversity strategies by Ortlieb and Sieben and the categorisation of individual career competencies by DeFillippi and Arthur. The bank benefits from the programme participants' competencies with regard to South-Eastern Europe and increased legitimacy gained from the public. Programme participants acquire many knowing-how, knowing-why and knowing-whom competencies, especially if the bank pursues a so-called learning strategy towards ethnic diversity. On the other hand, individual knowing-how competency supports an organisation&rsquo;s antidiscrimination strategy, whereas knowing-why and knowing-whom competencies benefit the organisational learning strategy.  Owing to their high strategic relevance, organisations should look into the competencies of skilled migrants and evaluate the critical resources they offer. Both organisational learning and an organisation&rsquo;s strategic development are key concerns. The proposed framework helps to effectively design trainee- and internship programmes and simultaneously anticipate organisational and individual consequences thereof at an early stage.
(Contributed by Christian Hirt <christian.hirt@uni-graz.at>)

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