Profile of national research
Profile of national research is based on a comparative analysis of selected
activities in 25 European countries (see Overview).
This data has been compiled from the national reports prepared by the Cedefop
ReferNet in 2006 and subsequently published by Cedefop (see Introduction
and Reference). Furthermore, latest evidence
from the homepages of all VET/HRD institutions referred to in these reports
was included in the analysis.
Applying a secondary analysis has of course its limits, since the reports concerned are self-contained sources of information. In addition, they vary considerably in approach and quality, despite using a template with common instructions. An empirically based comparison across the 25 countries, therefore, has to be confined to such issues as are sufficiently underpinned by evidence to be drawn from all the reports.
The general reference to 'research and development' in those reports is replaced in the Profile by the broad term 'research' (involving combinations with consulting, development or teaching). All activities considered in the Profile refer to the field of VET and/or HRD (VET/HRD) in general. The composition of this field is presented in a special overview:
The following aspects of VET/HRD research in European countries are included in the Profile:
 Links between national research activities and national policiesUnder each aspect, a specific typology is used for analysing the research activities and, subsequently, defining archetypes or levels which are suitable for transnational comparison. The outcome for each aspect is summarised in a map showing the European countries grouped according to geographical regions (see general pattern for all aspects below):
This geographical pattern implies certain stages of EU enlargement and also specific socio-cultural traditions, both of which are relevant for VET/HRD research activities in the countries concerned. For the sake of brevity, the maps use country acronyms (see full names of countries in the Overview).
Based on this comparative analysis, a summary of national characteristics for each country is presented as part of the Overview:
overview of VET in European countries:
of reports on vocational education and training research in Europe:
arising from an institutional analysis of HRD and VET research across Europe
Current themes addressed in European VET and HRD research: Themes
Index of VETNET Conference
papers (last 10 years):
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