is an official national VET research network, the Arbeitsgemeinschaft Berufsbildungsforschungsnetz
(AG BFN), founded in 1991 on the initiative of the Ministry of Education
and Research. The AGBFN includes the main federal research institutes and
institutes on Laender level, as well as private and university institutes
working in the field of VET.
national level the central programmes of the BMBF and the BLK provide a
further framework for the thematic co-operation of groups of researchers.
are two research societies providing platforms for VET related research
networks. Within the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Soziologie (DGfS) you
find sections for the sociology of education, of work etc.. The Deutsche
Gesellschaft für Erziehungswissenschaften (DGfE) is the national society
for all research into education; it also has a section on VET (Sektion
für Berufs- und Wirtschaftspädagogik), which is represented in
the German ReferNet.
Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (German Research Foundation) is the central,
self-governing research funding organisation that promotes research at
universities and other publicly financed research institutions in Germany.
The DFG serves all branches of science and the humanities by funding research
projects and facilitating cooperation among researchers. In all its programmes,
the DFG actively promotes collaboration between researchers in Germany
and colleagues abroad. Special importance is given to strengthening European
Max-Planck-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der Wissenschaften e.V. (Max
Planck Society for the Advancement of Science, MPG) is an independent,
non-profit research organisation that primarily promotes and supports research
at its own institutes. Cooperating with the local universities is of particular
importance for Max Planck Institutes. The Max Planck Society operates,
or is involved in, international activities so that its institutes can
efficiently reach their research goals. The Max Planck Institute for Human
Development is one of about 80 research centres financed by the MPG. It
is a multidisciplinary research institute dedicated to the study of human
development and education, and their evolutionary, social, historical,
and institutional contexts.
Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft undertakes applied research of direct utility to
private and public enterprise and of wide benefit to society. The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft
is the leading organisation for applied research in Europe. Its research
activities are conducted by 58 Fraunhofer Institutes at over 40 different
locations throughout Germany. The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft is also active
on an international level: Affiliated research centres and representative
offices in Europe, the USA and Asia provide contact with the regions of
greatest importance for future scientific progress and economic development.
The activities of the Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering (IAO)
focus on investigation of current topics in the field of technology management.
A holistic approach is applied to the study of commercial success, employees'
interests and social consequences. In keeping with the holistic approach
pursued, attention is also given to the individual and social values held
by people in their working environment. This not only addresses the task
of creating ergonomic solutions, but also the additional qualifications
required by employees in coping with the decentralised organisation of
work and the implementation of new technologies.