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

Edition: April 2018 [www.news.wifo-gate.org][Impressum]

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Dear Colleagues

Particularly worth noting in this edition are calls for papers or proposals relating to: the International conference "Technology, maker and VET" in Pretoria, the EAPRIL conference "Education & Learning sans frontièrs" in Portorož/Piran (Slovenia) and the International conference "Crossing Boundaries in VET" in València (see Conferences),the VET & Culture workshop in Zurich and the CVER conference 2018 in London (see Networks and Organisations), the EU survey on VET 2035 (see Projects) and the Special Issue of ALA on Lifelong Learning and Sustainable Development (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 June 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 May 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 April 2018. Please pass the Newsletter on to your colleagues and networks. Special thanks to our partners CR&DALL, CVER, PASCAL International Observatory, UFHRD, UNEVOC, VET&Culture and VETNET for providing input and 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 


Call for papers: Technology, maker and VET

International conference "Promoting designing and making in STEM field and Vocational Education and Training to produce 'makers' for sustainable skills development", Hotel 224, Pretoria, South Africa, August 9-11, 2018.
Youth unemployment has been inordinately high for many years in South Africa and is one of the country's major socio-economic challenges. The supply of sustainable occupational skills is central to economic growth and development in South Africa. The aim of this conference is to create a platform for best researchers and practitioners of technology, makers, and vocational education and training to provide best solutions to transform TVET and ACET colleges to produce employable youth. The conference will offer: Plenary sessions with renowned national and international scholars; Parallel sessions featuring presentations and SIGs for TVET and ACET; Workshops. Keynote speakers include Em. Prof. Dr. Martin Mulder: former head of Education and Competence Studies at Wageningen University, Netherlands, and Dr Antje Barabasch: head of "Current issues in VET/PET research" at Swiss Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (SFIVET), Bern, Switzerland. Final date for submission of abstract: 11 May 2018. Abstracts and papers can be submitted online www.measa.co.za or emailed to info@measa.co.za For further information please visit the conference website www.measa.co.za
(Info received from Antje Barabasch <Antje.Barabasch@ehb.swiss>)

Call for papers: Education & learning sans frontièrs
EAPRIL conference "Education & Learning sans frontièrs", Portorož/Piran, Slovenia, November 12-14, 2018.
The 13th EAPRIL conference will take place in Portorož/Piran (Slovenia) from November 12 till 14, 2018. 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. We invite educational researchers and practitioners to exchange and re-think their expertise in education, learning and training from a 'sans frontières' perspective, i.e. connecting various expertise domains fertilising new perspectives, mixing methodological approaches, discussing cooperation between education and the workplace, bridging educational and corporate learning settings, and last but not least researchers and practitioners via practice-based research projects. The EAPRIL conference is renowned for its highly interactive and innovative presentation formats, with this year a keynote lab instead of a traditional speech. Furthermore, school visits are scheduled to allow participants to learn more about the Slovenian educational system. Finally, our annual Corporate Learning Day will take place on November 13, with trending L&D themes discussed in transformational labs. Please submit your proposals by 26th of April. Also applications for our Best Research & Practice Project Award are welcome. More information? Check out www.eapril.org/EAPRIL-2018 Please share this information within your network.
(Posted by Inneke Berghmans <inneke.berghmans@kuleuven.be>)

Call for papers: Crossing boundaries in VET
International VET Conference "Crossing Boundaries in Vocational Education and Training: Pedagogical concerns and market demands" 2-3 May 2019, València, Spain.
In 2019 we will focus on pedagogical ideas, approaches and proposals that help contribute to the education of workers and citizens. VET has to be able to comply with the changing demands set by the productive system in a growing precarization context. The notion of work and working relations are not what they used to be during the 20th century. The Mediterranean and Southern European regions will be given special attention in the conference. The best papers will be selected and put forward for publication in a special edition of IJRVET International Journal for Research in Vocational Education: http://www.ijrvet.net. Deadlines: Submission of the abstract (500-1000 words): May 31st, 2018. Notification of acceptance: September 10th, 2018 (latest). Submission of the full paper (max. 2000 words): December 31st, 2018. Please send your abstract to: vetcongress@uv.es. For further information please visit the website http://www.crossingvet.eu. Contact: Fernando Marhuenda & María José Chisvert, University of Valencia. Research group GIUV2013-093 - Transitions from education to work in contexts of social vulnerability. We are looking forward to receiving your abstract. Professor Fernando Marhuenda and Professor Franz Kaiser, on behalf of University of València and University of Rostock and VETNET EERA.
(Contributed by Fernando Marhuenda <Fernando.Marhuenda@uv.es>)

Update: UFHRD Conference 2018
Please accept our invitation to join the 2018 International Conference on Human Resource Development, Research and Practice across Europe hosted by Newcastle Business School, Northumbria University from 6th to 8th June in the city of Newcastle-upon Tyne, UK. With a diverse, distinctive and stimulating programme, places are filling fast and so we encourage you to register as soon as possible. Embracing our conference theme of "Power and possibility: unleashing the potential of HRD", which reflects the regional location of the conference, papers will be presented across key stream areas of human resource development such as workplace learning, diversity, engagement, leadership, management and talent development and the global dimensions of HRD.  Distinctively, the conference will examine the interface between practice and academia. Our keynote speakers are: Dr. David McGuire, Glasgow Caledonian University, UK; Prof Laura Bierma, College of Education, University of Georgia; Steve Moreton, Head of People, Resourcing and OD at Virgin Money; Ann Francke, CEO of Chartered Management Institute. For further information about the conference, please visit our website. To register for the conference please click here. We look forward to welcoming you in June - Kate,  Russell and Jamie.
(Posted by Kate Black <kate.black@northumbria.ac.uk>)

Update: VPET Congress 2018
3rd International Congress on Vocational and Professional Education and Training (VPET) 06/06 to 08/06/2018 Winterthur (Switzerland).
There are fewer than three months to go: Participants from 35 countries have already registered for #VPET18 to be held under the motto "Skills for Employability and Careers". We are delighted to announce further speakers who will be giving talks, taking part in the plenary discussions or contributing to the workshops: Ong Ye Kung, Minister for Education of the Republic of Singapore, Janina Kugel, Chief Human Resources Officer and Member of the Managing Board of Siemens, Kathryn Castelloes, Apprenticeship NC Director, North Carolina Community Colleges, Giselle Rufer Delance, President and CEO Delance Swiss Watches for Women and many more. You can find the updated programme online: http://vpet-congress.ch/en/programme
(Info received from International Congress on VPET mailing list)

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

Call for papers: Opening and extending vocational education

VET & Culture workshop: Opening and extending vocational education. University of Zurich, Institute of Education, 17-18 September 2018.
The VET & Culture workshop 2018 combines perspectives of 1) a historising dimension on vocational education, 2) an open understanding of vocational education including higher education, further and adult education, and 3) informal and non-formal aspects of the education system. We consider that apprenticeship and VET are distinct approaches towards initial education that have been opened and extended in various directions over time: Higher education absorbed vocational education models. Vice versa, vocational education development tends to adopt structures of higher education. Privatisation and marketisation have emerged as well as utilitarian approaches towards labour market skills. Informal learning and recognition of competences have widened the perspectives on vocational education. In this workshop, we will discuss the variety of opening and extending tendencies within vocational education and their effects. Presentations will alternate with round tables combined with a planned field visit. We ask you to send contributions for the workshop sessions to Philipp Eigenmann (peigenmann@ife.uzh.ch) by 30 April 2018. For more information visit conference page. Prof. Dr. Philipp Gonon (University of Zurich), Prof. Dr. Markus Weil (FHNW School of Education), and Dr. Philipp Eigenmann (University of Zurich). 
(Info received from Philipp Gonon <gonon@ife.uzh.ch>)

PS: New Vet&Culture website
Some of you might have noticed that the VET and Culture website is not being updated, since it is not supported by the old system any more. We are happy to inform you that, after some effort, a new site has been established, and old sites have (mostly) been saved and transferred to the new one. Please save the address of the new site and forward it to others: https://vetandculturenetwork.wordpress.com/ This is still under construction, but in it you can find for example the call for the network workshop in Zurich, September 2018. 
(Info received from Anja Heikkinen <anja.heikkinen@uta.fi> via VET&Culture mailing list)

CVER conference 2018  - Call for papers
The Centre for Vocational Education Research (CVER) at the London School of Economics (LSE) will hold its third annual conference on Thursday 6 and Friday 7 September 2018. Keynote speakers include: Professor Jeffrey Smith (University of Wisconsin) and Professor Alexandra Spitz-Oener (Humboldt University Berlin). We would like to invite papers on any aspect of the economics of vocational education and training. Please submit a full paper or an extended abstract by 15 May 2018 to cver@lse.ac.uk. Full papers are preferred over extended abstracts. Decisions will be made soon after the deadline. The conference will be held in London and will be free to attend but no funds are available for accommodation/travel. 
(Info received via CVER Newsletter c/o <n.rogers@lse.ac.uk>)

AERA meeting: Teaching in vocational and professional education
Informal AERA meeting on Teaching in Vocational and Professional Education (VPE). New York, Sunday April 15, 2018 at 12:30pm.
Do you study the workplace conditions (incl. leadership) and professional learning and performance of teachers in VET or VPE? AND are you planning to attend AERA2018 in New York? Then this invitation is for you! Annemarieke Hoekstra and Piety Runhaar are calling an informal meeting at the AERA2018 of researchers in the field of teacher learning in VET and VPE. The goal is to share our research interests and to discover themes which complement each other. The first part of the meeting will consist of introductions. The second part will consist of small group discussions around various themes. After the meeting, we would like to stay in touch and find out who is interested in future collaboration, including AERA symposium proposals, potential special issues in a journal, etcetera. Please email Annemarieke Hoekstra (annemarh@nait.ca) or Piety Runhaar (piety.runhaar@wur.nl) to receive a reminder email with the meeting location on Saturday afternoon April 14. Feel free to forward our invitation and bring interested colleagues. Follow @AnnemariekeAnna on twitter #AERA18 for updates on the meeting location. 
(Posted by Annemarieke Hoekstra <ANNEMARH@nait.ca>)

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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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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EU survey on VET 2035
Pre-information on the launch of the EU survey 'Vocational Education and Training 2035' in April 2018
The European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training (Cedefop) is currently working on a project focusing on the 'Changing Nature and Role of Vocational Education and Training (VET) in Europe'. The project is coordinated by 3s Unternehmensberatung. The research will support the European Commission and the EU Member States in setting objectives for post-2020 European cooperation in the area of vocational education and training. One important project outcome is the development of a short online survey on major trends in VET that existed to different degrees across European countries between 1995 and 2015. It will allow people to validate preliminary project findings and to set some parameters in the subsequent development of scenarios for VET in 2035. The survey will be launched between 10th and 15th of April 2018 - a link will be published on the Cedefop project website. We kindly invite you to take an active part and share your views with us on the future of VET. Survey results will become available in the European Vocational Skills Week in November 2018. 
(Posted by Mariya Dzhengozova <dzhengozova@3s.co.at>)

The circular economy CYCLE project
The idea of the Circular Economy is a response to the aspiration for sustainable growth in the context of the growing pressure of production and consumption on the world's resources and environment. The greening of the European economy, as outlined in the EU 2020 strategy, will have profound effects on the labour market and the development of the skills of the European population. Making the transition to a circular economy involves a pressing need for new skills, competences and approaches. Education and training have a critical role to play in delivering and updating relevant skills. The Erasmus Plus CYCLE project is intended to create a set of tools and resources to support adult trainers contributing to the development and expansion of their professional and educational skills in the circular economy. The project runs from October 2017 to September 2019. For more information contact: Lina Klemkaite, Dramblys, Spain: lina.klemkaite@gmail.com
(Contributed by Graham Attwell <graham10@mac.com>)

LSE: Life skills for Europe
The LSE project aims to improve basic skills provision in Europe by explaining, further developing and upscaling the life skills approach. The project will produce several concrete outcomes, including a 'glossary' of 'life skills' based on a survey among adult education organisations, desk research and interviews, to present the different concepts and approaches of life skills across Europe (IO1-a). The project's final beneficiaries are people from a disadvantaged background, refugees and people resistant to 'foreigners' and intercultural exchange. In order to support these three groups, partners invite providers and policy-makers to develop comprehensive learning offers. Those should combine basic and digital skills along with problem solving, critical thinking and interaction with other people. 
(Info received from LLLPlatform Newsletter March 2018)

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: Lifelong learning and sustainable development

The Journal Adult Learning Australia (ALA) has issued a call for papers for a Special Issue on Lifelong Learning and Sustainable Development. The issue will be edited by guest editors, Mike Osborne (Glasgow University) and Bruce Wilson (RMIT University). We invite academics, policy makers and practitioners to contribute articles on these and many other questions which might address the importance of lifelong learning, and its personal and social importance. We are interested in contributions related to learning in any context, providing that their evidence and analysis contribute to understanding the design or implementation of lifelong policy. Submissions must be made online at www.ajal.net.au before 30 April 2018. For full details please go to CR&DALL web page. Further information about the special issue can be obtained by contacting Bruce Wilson at bruce.wilson@rmit.edu.au
(Info received via CR&DALL Site Digest for 15/02/18 )

Informal learning of vocational competences and skills
TVET@Asia: Issue 10: Informal Learning of Vocational Competences and Skills: Theoretical and practical perspectives. Editors: Kumar Kothandaraman, Jun Li, Matthias Pilz. Free downloads: http://www.tvet-online.asia/issue-10/issues/issue10.
In many TVET systems worldwide, informal learning takes place in many forms and has an important impact. In some countries, informal learning covers entirely the major part of vocational learning activities. In other countries, informal learning is being integrated into formal TVET systems or being enriched by non-formal learning. It is striking that, even though informal learning is so important, the number of researchers in the field is quite small, especially when it comes to country-specific approaches in Asia. We do not know a lot about how learning takes place in different working situations, long-term results, or how learning conditions and surroundings influence informal learning in private life, the local labour market, and the national economy in Asian countries. In addition, the interaction between the formal education system and the procedures of informal learning is largely unknown. In order to fill this important gap in understanding informal learning in Asian economies, this special issue of TVET@Asia was initiated. The papers selected for inclusion in this special issue cover between them a diverse set of research questions and help us to get a better understanding of informal learning in the Asian economies.
(Contributed by Matthias Pilz <matthias.pilz@uni-koeln.de>)

Adult education and work contexts
Egetenmeyer, R. & Fedeli, M. (eds.) (2017). Adult Education and Work Contexts: International Perspectives and Challenges. Comparative Perspectives from the 2017 Würzburg Winter School. Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang [Details].

Adult education has deep connections with employment contexts. This volume discusses interrelations within transnational contexts studied during the Würzburg Winter School on Comparative Studies in Adult Education and Lifelong Learning (COMPALL). The book shows that adult education and work contexts are influenced by international and transnational developments. The findings are presented in three chapters: Lifelong Learning Policies Targeting Employment Contexts; Transnational Perspectives on Lifelong Learning Policies; Employment Perspectives and Professionalisation in Adult Education.
(Contributed by Monika Staab <monika.staab@uni-wuerzburg.de>)

International Journal of HRD Practice, Policy & Research
Latest articles: The latest articles to be published (online) in the Journal include: "In Search of Individual and Organizational Fairness in Policing" by Steven Chase, Director of People at Thames Valley Police, and "The Value of an HR Professional Group for Organizational Learning" by Vivienne Griggs (University of Leeds) and Jenny Allen (formerly Head of Workforce, NHS Digital). Both articles can be viewed and downloaded from the Journal's website: https://www.ijhrdppr.com
Special issue - Impact: Whatever the site of practice, the HRD community is increasingly expected to demonstrate the impact of their professional activity. This trend is global. Organizations require evidence of the benefits of their HRD investment and activity, as governments are increasingly under pressure to show a 'return on their investment' on research funding, and universities themselves are keen to demonstrate that their research is making a difference to their local, regional and even global communities. The Journal has issued a call for expressions of interest in editing and contributing to a Special Issue focussing firmly on the issue of the impact and influence of HRD. It is proposed that the Special Issue be published in late 2018/early 2019. See https://www.ijhrdppr.com for more details. 
(Posted by Rick Holden <R.J.Holden@LJMU.AC.UK>)

Modularisation approaches in vocational education
Matthias Pilz, Junmin Li, Roy Canning & Sarah Minty (2018). Modularisation approaches in Initial Vocational Education: Evidence for policy convergence in Europe? Journal of Vocational Education & Training, Volume 70, Issue 1 [Details].
One response to challenges of national vocational training systems has been a move towards greater flexibility within vocational training systems. This article focuses on an investigation of modularisation as a tool for achieving this flexibility. Many European countries have introduced modular forms into their vocational training system. We investigate whether the global trends set out are producing policy convergence in modularisation in different countries. This study selects seven European countries to make a detailed analysis, and entails an investigation of each country's Initial Vocational Education and Training programmes. The methodology involves both primary and secondary data collection. The findings demonstrate policy convergence that can be attributed to similar challenges at national level. Modularisation in some countries takes a 'radical' form. Other countries have followed a mixed approach. It is clear that no two countries have adopted the same form of modularisation, although some countries have cited common challenges in the modularisation process.
(Contributed by Matthias Pilz <matthias.pilz@uni-koeln.de>)

Pedagogy of labour
Atlante della Pedagogia del Lavoro (Atlas  of Pedagogy of Labour) edited by Giuditta Alessandrini. 2017 [Details].
How should we read the new "geographies" of work? What is so fundamental about the pedagogical dimension? Which are the most relevant research fields? What is their contribution to the policies of work and education? How and why does the only way for strengthening innovation and development also include investments in education and training oriented towards Industry 4.0 scenarios? The Pedagogy of Work Atlas highlights some narrative paths selected within a shortlist of authors among the most representative in this discipline both at national and international levels (OCDE, CEDEFOP, VETNET, EERA). The "narratives" develop research approaches and advice for social policies. The reader will be able to find answers to the most intriguing questions of today and the near future on education and work relationships. The volume is intended for pre- and post-graduated students in Education Science Departments, educators, scholars in work related disciplines, and teachers and managers involved in scholastic and professional innovation. The volume contains contributions by G. Alessandrini, G. Bertagna, M. Costa, F. D'Aniello, D. Dato, P. Ellerani, M. Gessler, P. Malavasi, V.M. Marcone, U. Margiotta, E. Massagli, A. Mele, D. Morselli, M. Mulder, P. Nardi, C. Pignalberi, A. Potestio, K. Pouliakas, F. Roma, H. Salling Olesen, F. Roma, A. Vischi, G. Zago.
(Contributed by Giuditta Alessandrini <giuditta.alessandrini@uniroma3.it>)

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 1500 experts in 40 countries (mostly Europe);
Details and Archive of the L&W Newsletter [www.news.wifo-gate.org].
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