VET research is strongly related to policy, and has got some impetus by
the Austrian EU-presidency. Several inputs have been developed at the research
level, which might be taken up for implementation. Several policy fields
have been identified, which are related to educational R&D to some
degree: policies to improve quality and efficient use of resources; policies
to support the inclusion of young people; policies to assess the supply
and demand match on the labour market, and to anticipate the demand for
qualifications and competences; the development of an effective system
of guidance and counselling.
the information base for the analysis activities and institutions in Austrian
VET research is still weak. As VET research is not institutionalised as
a research area so far, the borders to other research areas (labour market
research and more general educational research) are not clear. Steps have
been taken to improve coordination of research, funding is mainly provided
in a scattered way for individual projects, there are only very few topics
under research during longer periods of time, and there is no overview
about financial means. abf- Austria has been founded as a core group of
institutions in VET research. The documentation of activities in VET research
can be improved, and funding should be more coordinated and sustainable.
some ideas for improvement are given (e.g. to provide a better overview
and to make activities more visible), and two areas are identified where
more research should be done: economics of education, and research about
adult and continuing education.