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Subject Making sense of European work and learning cultures
Barry Nyhan, CEDEFOP, Greece
Outline The 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).
Source Paper 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).
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