A knowledge base on Finnish and European experience
The Finnish knowledge base (Finnbase) is intended to inform the debate in Finland on how to improve the standing and quality of vocational education. This will be achieved by providing continuous feedback from project research of Finnish and European partnerships. In particular, the Finnbase will serve to
starting point for the Finnbase is the study on "how to improve the standing
of vocational as against general education" prepared by Johanna Lasonen
and Sabine Manning for the CEDEFOP Research Report 1999 [Lasonen
& Manning 1999a]. This study attempts to provide a secondary analysis
of various European projects concerned with the relation between vocational
and general education at post-secondary level. In the analysis, three aspects
are considered: curriculum/ learning, education system and
market. On this basis, a model of criteria is applied which relates
the 'standing' to the quality of VET. The three criteria are personal competence
(incl skills), educational mobility (for lifelong learning), and occupational
mobility (at the labour market).
Pattern of analysis
to the above framework and pattern, the output of research on both Finland
and the rest of Europe can be related to one another. The guiding question
should be: which are the issues/ measures (plus impact) in Finland and
what is the equivalent experience in Europe? In this approach of matching
issues/ measures across Europe the cultural and systemic context plays
a vital role (essential component of describing the issue, measure and
impact in each case).
The Finnbase is being built in collaboration of various experts. In contrast to the normal division of labour between authors (providing their original research results) and designers/ webmasters (creating and maintaing the base), the Finnbase emerges as direct environment and product of team work. At the initial stage, the Finnbase is developed in an html structure on the website of WIFO. The collaborative approach is facilitated by applying a simple design, with templates being made available for direct input or revision of text by the authors. For the advanced stage, it is envisaged to provide a data base combined with tools for direct input via down- and up-loading on the website of IER/ University of Jyvaskyla.
The Finnbase is being developed in the framework of a research visit by Dr Sabine Manning, WIFO Berlin, at the Institute for Educational Research (IER), University of Jyväskylä, March to December 1999. This visit was applied for by Dr Johanna Lasonen (IER) as part of the collaboration between both researchers in coordinating the LEONARDO partnerships POST-16 STRATEGIES and INTEQUAL/DUOQUAL. The visit is supported by a scholarship from the Finnish Academy, while the IER provides the working environment and Dr Johanna Lasonen coordinates the programme. The Finnbase, designed and edited by Dr Sabine Manning, is a joint undertaking of WIFO and the IER, involving both web sites, with technical assistance by Juha Lahti and Marja-Liisa Mustonen (IER). Colleagues of the IER and the LEONARDO partnerships collaborate in providing the reviews, comments and resources of the Finnbase.
The concept of the Finnbase is outlined in Manning 1999a.
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First set up: 17/06/1999
Latest update: 24/03/2000
Contact: Sabine Manning
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