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

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Dear Colleagues

Many thanks for your continued replies and appreciative comments following on the 'data protection' query! In this edition of the L&W Newsletter you should note in particular several calls for papers or proposals relating to international conferences on: Communities in new media 2018 in Dresden, Non-formal education 2018 in Sofia, Rural environment 2019 in Latvia, VET research 2019 in Bern, Adult education (ESREA) 2019 in Belgrade(see Conferencesand Apprenticeship reforms and reconfigurations (INAP) 2019 in Konstanz(see Networks and Organisations), and the Special Issue on: Effects of education over the life course (Social Inclusion), Implications of gig work (IJHRM) and Refugee workforce integration (HRMJ) (see Publications).And not to forget: Proposals for the VET research award 2018 are welcome (see Networks and Organisations)!

Special thanks to all who contributed information for this edition, and also 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! 

The L&W Newsletter focuses on transnational research activities across Europe 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 October 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 30 September 2018 at the latest!

The L&W Newsletter reaches you via a mailing list of experts in and beyond Europe. Should you prefer to read the current edition online, you can find it under August 2018. You may also look up the details of data protection. Please pass the Newsletter on to your colleagues and networks. 

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


Conferences

Communities in new media [GeNeMe'18]: Call for papers


Digital transformation has reached large parts of society and brings enormous challenges for business, politics and administration. New organizational structures and strategies are emerging. The processes of change affect industry as well as administration. In addition, science confirms new business models, new job profiles and new communication channels. The 21st Conference GeNeMe 2018  (www.GeNeMe.de), taking place October 24st - 26th 2018 in Dresden, examines innovative practices in business, politics and administration, and identifies needs for research on methods and tools of the digital economy - especially with regard to knowledge-based collaboration in online communities. Online communities call for interpretive analysis. The following formats are invited: Research contributions (8-10 pages, usual scientific review process); Practical contributions (2-4 pages, assessment according to practical relevance); Student contributions (2-4 pages, evaluation based on typical criteria for higher education students' work); Poster presentations (DIN A0 format, assessment according to scientific aspects). Deadline for submissions: 15 August 2018 via www.GeNeMe.de.  All contributions accepted for the conference as a result of the double-blind review will be published with TUDPress as Open Access Publication on Qucosa. This applies equally to all submitted formats (except posters). Conference Chair: Prof. Dr. Thomas Koehler/ Technological University Dresden. 
(Info received from Thomas Koehler <thomas.koehler@tu-dresden.de>)
 

EMCC international mentoring conference
Book your place now for the first ever EMCC International Mentoring Conference 26 October 2018 in Barcelona. Mentoring is arguably one of the most powerful and cost-effective ways of helping people expand and achieve their aspirations. There is also strong evidence that it is a very effective means to retain talent in organisations, and to create and sustain the  desired corporate culture. It also offers one of the highest returns on investment in supporting entrepreneurs, addressing societal disaffection amongst the young, and building bridges between cultures and communities. This first EMCC International Mentoring Conference brings together a wide range of expertise from multiple sectors and across countries. Its aim is to showcase good practice, along with emerging themes and applications, with a view to making mentoring programmes and relationships even more impactful. The conference will also be a great place to explore the ISMCP (International Standards for Mentoring and Coaching Programmes) accreditation offered by EMCC. Whether you are already engaged in mentoring, or are planning to use mentoring in support of change, you will find the conference a unique opportunity to explore what works well, or less well, and to acquire new ideas and approaches. Please visit the Conference website.
(Info received from Irena Sobolewska, EMCC General Secretary, via UFHRD mailing list)

Non-formal education conference: Call for papers
The Center for Interdisciplinary Research and Innovation in Non-formal Education at Sofia University invites you to the international conference: "Non-formal education - meeting the challenges of the 21st century" 4-6 November 2018 in Sofia. Keynote speakers: Alan Rogers "The Current Revival of Non-Formal Education and the Sustainable Development Goals"; René Clarijs "The Social Changes and Challenges Facing Non-formal Education in the 21st Century"; Michael Osborne "Big Data Approaches to Monitor Life-wide Learning in Cities"; Silvia Nikolaeva "The Bulgarian Legacies: From National Enlightment to Transformative Education". Important dates: 31 August 2018 registration; 31 September 2018 full text papers and poster presentations. For further details please look up the Conference website.
(Info received from CR&DALL Site Digest for 12/07/18)

REEP 2019: Call for papers on rural environment
We are pleased to invite you to the 12th International Scientific Conference "Rural Environment. Education. Personality (REEP-2019)" to be held on 10th - 11th May, 2019 in Jelgava, Latvia. The aim of the Conference is to find out solutions, exchange ideas or highlight topical problems in 21st century education tendencies in school, university and adult education, competence, life quality in home environment, design and crafts, career development and vocational education. Conference thematic groups include: #Problems and solutions for present-day school, university and adult education; #Education for getting competence; #Life quality in the context of home environment, home economics, household, consumer science and visual art; #Design and crafts; #Development of professional education and career. The article has to be sent together with the application form (see Application_form_REEP_2019) and authors guarantee form (see Guarantee_form_REEP_2019) to the e-mail address reep@llu.lv by 26th November, 2018. Contact person: Zane Beitere-Selegovska, e-mail: reep@llu.lv. Chairman of Conference committees: Dr. paed., assoc. prof. Vija Dislere. For further details see Conference home page.
(Info received via the ESREA/ReNAdET mailing list)

Update on call for VET congress 2019

The 6th Congress on Research in Vocational Education and Training, taking place in Bern/Zollikofen on 4-6 March 2019, is organised by the Swiss Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (SFIVET) and is devoted to the theme "The end of VET as we know it? Skills development in times of technical and social change".
The congress is open to participants throughout the world. The call for papers can be found at http://sfivet.swiss/vet-congress. The deadline for paper submissions has been set for 31 August 2018. We are also including a photography competition. You can find the conditions for participating online on our homepage. The deadline for submission is 31 August 2018. We look forward to receiving many interesting and stimulating proposals. Kind regards, Prof. Dr. Antje Barabasch, Congress Chairperson.
(Posted by Vet Congress <vet-congress@sfivet.swiss>)

ESREA 2019 conference: Call for papers
ESREA 9th Triennial European Research Conference: "Adult education research and practice between the welfare state and neoliberalism" hosted by the Department of Andragogy, Faculty of Philosophy, University of Belgrade, Serbia, September 19-22, 2019
This conference is an opportunity to bring together researchers and scholars - from all adult education disciplines and sectors, from academia, policy and practice - in order to discuss how the tectonic shifts in economic, political and social models shape adult education. The conference will include keynote speeches, plenary sessions and presentations and discussions in groups as well as through various workshops, exhibitions and exchanges. Important dates: 21st January 2019 - Conference registration begins; 25th February 2019 - Deadline for submission of abstracts; 1st April 2019 - Acceptance of abstracts will be confirmed. - Details are available on Cr&DALL web page (S.M.)
(Info received from Robert Aman <robert.aman@liu.se> via ESREA 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 proposals: VET research award 2018


In the European Vocational Skills Week 2018, taking place in November in Vienna, the European Commission will again award examples of excellence in research in vocational education and training (VET). The VET Research Award aims to reward an outstanding VET research project, an individual researcher, or a research team who has made an outstanding contribution to innovative thinking in VET. This includes research in initial or higher VET, adult learning, continuing VET and career-long professional learning. Researchers and other VET professionals are kindly invited to propose a project, a team or a person to be nominated for the VET Research Award. Please note the Proposal form. Deadline: 24 August 2018. If you have any questions, please contact barbara.stalder@phbern.ch, chair of the Evaluation Committee.
(Posted by Barbara Stalder)

INAP 2019: Call for papers on contemporary apprenticeships
8th International INAP Conference: Contemporary Apprenticeship Reforms and Reconfigurations. 21st - 22nd March 2019, Konstanz, Germany
The International Network on Innovative Apprenticeship (INAP) invites contributions to its 8th international research conference, which will address the following topics: #Governance and Stakeholders; #Teaching & Learning; #Future Work: New Employment Patterns; #Future Work: Industry 4.0; #School to Work Transition and Youth Employment; #Diversity and Inclusiveness in Apprenticeships; #Academisation in Apprenticeships. Contributors are asked to submit a two-page outline of their paper. In the outline, the issues addressed in the paper and their relationship to the conference topics should be described. The final date for the submission of abstracts is October 15th, 2018. Abstracts can be submitted to inap2019@uni-konstanz.de. Further information will soon be available on the INAP website (www.inap.uni-bremen.de). You may also contact Silke Fischer at: inap2019@uni-konstanz.de  Please pass the call on to your colleagues and networks. 
(Info received from Silke Fischer)

UFHRD 2019 annual conference
University Forum for Human Resource Development Annual Conference 2019 to be held at Nottingham Business School, Nottingham, UK, 24-26 June 2019, addressing the theme: "From Robin Hood to the digital era: HRD as a driver for future creativity, innovation and change"
We are delighted to invite you to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the UFHRD2019 annual conference. With five internationally renowned keynote speakers and eight tailored professional workshops, the conference explores the role of HRD as a driver for future creativity, innovation and change. The conference will bring together experts, academics and practitioners from a wide range of disciplines to discuss options and strategies around the future of work and the impact of HRD in establishing effective organisations. The conference will take place in Nottingham, home of the legendary outlaw Robin Hood, a city with a dynamic culture, a rich history and sporting glory. You will have the opportunity to trace the footsteps of Robin Hood and discuss how a legendary figure can shape the future of any organisation through learning, progressive change and justice. The conference aims to generate lively discussions and memorable celebratory events. For more information about the conference please click on our website: ufhrd2019.com
(Posted by Stefanos Nachmias <stefanos.nachmias@NTU.AC.UK> on UFHRD mailing list)

NOTE: References to research networks in the field of European work and learning are available on the WIFO page Networks at a glance [www.networks.wifo-gate.org]. 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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Programmes

Update: EDEN workshop on personalized guidance


Call for Contributions: EDEN 10th Research Workshop "Personalized Guidance and Support for Learning", 24-26 October 2018, Barcelona
The EDEN 2018 Workshop focuses on the crucial and changing roles of teachers in supporting student learning in the digital world. This includes the creation of conditions that encourage learning personalization, learner agency and self-direction. Experiences of learner empowerment resulting from balanced "guide on the side" teaching, timely teaching interventions, consistent feedback and feedforward, explicit teaching of learning-to-learn strategies, assessment for learning, and technology-based adaptive teaching will provide a substantive background for reflection and discussion. We invite all interested professionals to take part and discover the Workshop Themes by submitting their proposals. The Call will remain open until 12 September 2018. For more information please visit the Workshop website.
(Info received via EDEN Newsletter <eden-news@eden-online.org>)

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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Projects

The EU mobility scoreboard
Cedefop's Mobility Scoreboard is a European online tool which aims to encourage and assist policy-making in the area of international learning mobility for initial vocational education and training (IVET). The scoreboard provides a unique source of information in IVET mobility by analysing 10 action areas: (1) what information and guidance countries provide on learning mobility, (2) how countries motivate learners to participate in international learning mobility activities, (3) what countries do to prepare young people for learning abroad, (4) countries' efforts to remove the administrative and institutional obstacles to mobility, (5) whether learners can use their grants and loans when learning abroad, (5) what countries do to improve the quality of mobility schemes, (6) whether countries recognize skills and knowledge acquired abroad, (7) what structures countries have in place to support disadvantaged learners, (8) what partnership and funding arrangements are available, and (9) what role multipliers play. The database enables users to easily comprehend and compare other countries' mobility policies, thus making it possible to take inspiration from countries' best practices regarding international learning mobility. Learn more about what is being done to promote learner mobility in Europe through the Mobility Scoreboard.
(Info received from Ilayda Takil <Ilayda.TAKIL@cedefop.europa.eu>)

Update: Replay-Vet project
As part of the research for the Replay-Vet Project with the aim of providing low-skilled people with targeted opportunities to acquire VET skills, 3 national workshop sessions were organised with the participation of local stakeholders: decision-makers, public employment services and industry representatives. These workshops, recently renamed the Replay-Vet Thursdays, provided first-hand information on local practice. It also provided experiences on the question of how to strengthen the key skills of low-skilled workers through continuing vocational training in order to cover possible future replacement positions. The research focused on 2 sectors: logistics and metal working, and targeted 3 specific problems: Training support for low-skilled workers to meet the industry expectations; Work-based learning and intersectoral labour market mobility; New skills brought about by technological change. For further information: Replay-Vet / Replay-VET: England
(Info received from Céreq news, n° 12, Summer 2018 <isabelle.delassus@infos.cereq.fr>)

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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Publications

Call for papers: Special issue on "Social Inclusion"


We are editing an issue of the journal "Social Inclusion" on the topic of "Types of Education, Achievement and Labour Market Integration over the Life Course"(see Call for papers). We are seeking papers on the mid- and long-term effects of different types of education beyond labour market entry. This includes studies on the relationship between different types of education or skills and labour market outcomes (e.g., unemployment, labour market exit, income, occupational status), as well as educational achievement or skill development. The volume may include theoretical and empirical contributions from varying disciplines. We welcome single-country or comparative studies based on individual or aggregate data. Deadline for abstracts: 15 October 2018. Submission of full papers: 28 February 2019. Social Inclusion is a peer-reviewed open access journal indexed in the major social science databases. The journal has an article processing charge of 900 Euro to cover its costs. If you are interested in submitting a paper we advise you to check with your institution whether funds are available to cover open access publication fees. Alternatively your institution could join Cogitatio's Membership Program.  Irene Kriesi and Juerg Schweri, Swiss Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (www.sfivet.swiss).
(Info received from Irene Kriesi <Irene.Kriesi@ehb.swiss> / post from Irene Kriesi via VET&Culture mailing list)

Gig work: Special issue call for papers
International Journal of Human Resource Management Special Issue Call for Papers "Gig work: Implications for the Employment Relationship and Human Resource Management" - Paper Submission Deadline: 20 March 2019
The 'gig economy' refers to an economic system that uses digital platforms to connect workers with consumers and clients. More than 7.6 million individuals are expected to undertake gig work in the US by 2020, which would be double the numbers in 2015. Some of the household organisational names in the gig economy include Uber, Lyft, and Deliveroo, which are increasingly important players across multiple countries worldwide. Research questions around the HR issues of gig work include: The conceptualization and understanding of gig work; The profiles and experiences of gig workers; The implications of gig work for traditional HRM functions such as recruitment, training, performance management and reward systems. We are open to conceptual, empirical and methodological papers. We are especially interested in contributions that stem from different national contexts. Authors of prospective papers are welcome to discuss their ideas with any of the guest editors in advance: Prof. Anthony McDonnell (anthony.mcdonnell@ucc.ie), Dr. Ronan Carbery (ronan.carbery@ucc.ie), Prof. John Burgess (john.burgess@rmit.edu.au), Dr. Ultan Sherman (ultan.sherman@ucc.ie).
(Info received from Ronan Carbery <ronan.carbery@UCC.IE> via UFHRD mailing list - please contact for complete Call for Papers!)

Call for papers: Refugee workforce integration
Special Issue of the Human Resource Management Journal: Call for papers on "The Role of HRM in Refugee Workforce Integration - Advancing theory and enhancing practice"
The number of refugees worldwide is increasing dramatically. While the refugee population can help developed countries reverse their negative demographic trends and bring economic and social benefit to host countries, research suggests that many refugees end up underemployed or dependent on public assistance, thus failing to fully integrate into the host society. The goal of this special issue is to encourage theoretical and empirical developments in human resource management of refugees. We invite manuscripts focused on topics and themes such as, but not limited to, the following areas: #Re-conceptualizing Global Mobility; #Understanding Refugees; #Integrating refugees in the workforce (incl. the role of pre-employment support programs and on-job opportunities, e.g. internships and traineeships, in facilitating refugee workforce integration); #The role of organizations in managing refugee workforce integration; #The impact of refugee workforce integration on societal outcomes. Full papers should be submitted between April 1 and April 30, 2019. For details please look up the full Call for papers
(Info received via UFHRD mailing list)
 
 

VET: Voices from cross-national research
Marianne Teräs, Petros Gougoulakis, Lázaro Moreno Herrera (eds). Emergent issues in Vocational Education & Training: Voices from cross-national research. Premiss Förlag 2018 [Details]
This book is an outcome of the international networking of the research group VETYL (Vocational Education & Training/Yrkeskunande och Lärande) at the Department of Education, Stockholm University, Sweden. In May 2012 the group organised the first Stockholm International Conference in VET, an academic event that has ever since been organised yearly following the modality of invited papers. The book contains selected papers presented in the sessions of the conference held 8 and 9 May 2017. The contributions deal with a wide range of areas of research within the vocational and training field in different national contexts as well as cross-nationally. The book illustrates well the diversity of research in the field in a way that is not frequently available in literature today. The content is of interest for a diversity of readers including under-graduate students, in particular students in initial and in-service teacher training programs for VET, post-graduate students, researchers and policy-makers. 
(Contributed by Lázaro Moreno Herrera <lazaro.moreno@edu.su.se>)

Postsecondary education worldwide
Responding to Massification: Differentiation in Postsecondary Education Worldwide. Editors: Altbach, Philip G., Reisberg, Liz, de Wit, Hans. Springer 2017 [Details]
Global massification of postsecondary education, with more than 200 million students studying at an untold number of institutions focusing on every specialization possible, necessitates a differentiated system of postsecondary education in every country. This book provides the first comparative study of how postsecondary education has evolved in 13 countries (including the European countries France, Germany and the UK). Different governments have expanded postsecondary education to respond to the massification of enrollment. Postsecondary education has become diversified, but for the most part not adequately differentiated in most countries. Several of the case studies underscore the challenge of sustaining differentiation within the system, if credentials from non-university, postsecondary institutions are considered of lesser social status. Too often institutions that successfully address the practical needs of national economies are ultimately merged into the university system. There is an urgent need for the planning and structuring of coherent systems of postsecondary education to serve the increasingly diverse clientele in need of the skills required by the knowledge economy.
(Abstract adapted from publishers' page)

EMCC: Mentoring and coaching
The papers from the 2018  EMCC International Mentoring, Coaching & Supervision Research Conference "Research and practice working in partnership" (10-11 July 2018, University of Chester, United Kingdom) are now available. You may order your copy (in paperback or as an eBook) at the EMCC International bookshop www.EMCCbooks.org
A while back EMCC published a report into the State of Play in European Coaching and Mentoring. Now the country reports are out:  Baltic States (Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania), Czech Republic, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Scotland, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Ukraine, and Wales. FREE copies can be ordered from the EMCC International bookshop  www.EMCCbooks.org.
(Info received from Irena Sobolewska, EMCC General Secretary, via UFHRD mailing list)

ILO survey on quality apprenticeships
This report, published in July 2018, presents the main findings of the ILO survey on national initiatives to promote quality apprenticeships in the G20 member states. It was conducted between September and December 2017 as an ILO initiative to take stock of and widely share good practices in this area. The ILO survey was designed to document initiatives and promote knowledge-sharing with a view to facilitating social dialogue on skills development, particularly on quality apprenticeships. The socio-economic contexts in which apprenticeship training takes place vary from country to country. So the national initiatives presented in the report may not be directly comparable. It is important to note that the aim of the survey was not to describe the differences among apprenticeships systems, nor to make an international comparison of apprenticeship promotion efforts. It is thus beyond the scope of this survey to compare and gauge the effectiveness of policy interventions and actions taken by the ILO's tripartite constituents. Please look up further Information and the Report.
(Info received from ILO Employment Newsletter July 2018)

Careers of PhD holders in France and Japan
The Transition from Thesis to Labour Market in France and Japan: a Comparative Exploration. Cereq. Discussion paper n°156, June 2018 [Details]

Nowadays, PhDs transition from thesis to labour market is a great issue in major developed countries. Historically, the main labour output of these high qualified workers used to be the academic sector and more generally Higher Education. Competition between countries and the development of knowledge all around the world have changed the role of PhDs and have brought new challenges to doctoral education. Today, it is known that PhDs can integrate Higher Education but have also worked in the private sector. This is also enhanced by the fact that there is now international competition in access to permanent positions in the academic sector which leads to chaotic professional transition from doctorate to labour market. Comparing 2 national experiences in France and in Japan and using 2 original statistic datasets, researchers from NISTEP and Céreq set out this evidence with an international perspective. While Japanese PhDs have less difficulty to find a job than those from France, both populations are concerned with fixed term contracts in their early career and low penetration in private organisations. Please view the pdf file.  Contact (Céreq): Julien Calmand (calmand@cereq.fr)
(Info received from Céreq news, n° 12, Summer 2018)
 

Finnish master's programme in Indonesia
Henna Juusola, Pekka Räihä (2018). Exploring teaching staff's experiences of implementing a Finnish master's degree programme in teacher education in Indonesia. Research in Comparative and International Education, Volume 13 Issue 2 [Details]

During the last decade, education export has been one of the key trends in Finnish higher education policy.  However,  little research has been done on the concrete implementation of education export provided by Finnish higher education institutions. This study explores the motivation and experience of teaching staff participating in a novel exported Finnish degree programme in teacher education for Indonesian students. The data are based on online questionnaires sent to the teachers in March 2017. Huberman's professional career path and Mezirow's module for transformative learning are applied to construct the analytical framework. Authors also use their own experience from their involvement in this exported programme. In addition, Finnish higher education policy in terms of education export has been taken into account. The findings of this study demonstrate that education export projects can extend university teachers' professional career opportunities and offer a starting point for transformative learning. However, more flexible administrative practices and an adaptive organizational culture at both faculty and institutional levels are required.
(Contributed by Henna Juusola <Juusola.Henna.M@student.uta.fi>)
 

Adult education in cross-border regions
Silke Schreiber-Barsch, Christian Bernhard-Skala (2018). Doing adult education as tertium comparationis: Comparative research in cross-border regions at Germany&rsquo;s peripheries through the lens of social spatiality. Research in Comparative and International Education, Volume 13 Issue 2[Details]

Comparing places represents one of the most traditional threads of comparative inquiry. However, international and comparative (adult) education research has to date focused on comparing places more in the sense of territorial entities. In contrast, this paper moves away from understanding national or regional territories as given, container-like units, also criticised as methodological nationalism. It draws instead on theoretical approaches of social spatiality and, in particular, on Werlen's works on action-centred geography. The findings from qualitative research on organisations providing adult education in two cross-border regions at Germany's territorial periphery serve as an empirical framework, analysing the programme planning activities of their managerial staff. The paper argues that it is the pedagogical actions and practices of these professionals, rather than the territorial entities, that become the tertium comparationis, eliciting the professionals' share in the overall process of (re)producing social space and, ultimately, territory.
(Abstract obtained from the publishers' page)
 

Migration and VET in Switzerland
Migrants are generally seen as a difficult group when it comes to participation and success in education and work. However, depending on the country of origin, educational aspirations and the likelihood of staying in Switzerland, other patterns and needs become apparent, making it impossible to speak of migrants as a homogeneous group. Currently, dealing with young refugees in Switzerland is a particularly great challenge. Their integration into vocational training and the labour market can be an opportunity for Switzerland, but it also involves special risks. For older migrants, however, other conditions apply. In particular, the recognition of degrees, competence and work experience plays an important role here. The aim of the new book by Sonja Engelage: "Migration und Berufsbildung in der Schweiz", published by Seismo-Verlag [Info], is to provide an overview of the state of research in the field of migration and vocational training. The twelve authors address issues such as the history of migration in Switzerland, language skills, learning culture, school and teachers, as well as educational and professional trajectories from different perspectives and they identify aspects that are crucial for successful integration. This book is about migrants in Switzerland who used to be mainly from Europe, but in recent decades also come from Africa, Asia etc. Included is a study that compares different groups (origin) and their chances of educational pathways.
(Contributed by Engelage Sonja <Sonja.Engelage@ehb.swiss>)

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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Impressum

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;
Details and Archive of the L&W Newsletter [www.news.wifo-gate.org]
See also our update on Data Protection.
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