sense of European work and learning cultures
Nyhan, CEDEFOP, Greece
promotion of greater synergies between European work and learning cultures
is central to the attainment of European goals related to 'lifelong learning'
and the creation of an advanced knowledge economy by 2010. At the present
time, Europe is characterised by many different work and learning cultures
based on national, disciplinary and sectoral traditions. The achievement
of the 'European project' clearly is not about the creation of a unitary
culture but rather a European multi-cultural framework. This entails making
sense of (understanding) the origins of and relationship between the different
industrial, vocational educational and HRD traditions in Europe. the paper
sets out to make an exploratory investigation into the relationship between
the different work and learning cultures in Europe. It draws on a recent
Cedefop project on 'the history of vocational education and training in
Europe', the work on European HRD (EHRD) led by Sabine Manning and other
sources such as Trompenaar (1993), Hutton (2002), Nyhan et al. (2003) and
Rasmussen and Rauner (1996).
presented at the 5th conference on human resource development research
and practice across Europe: International, comparative and cross-cultural
dimensions of HRD. University of Limerick, 27-28 May 2004 (Abstract).