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Research and development work in the area of vocational education and training is promoted on a national level in Germany predominantly by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), the Federal Ministry of Labour and by the governments of the federal states. Project management agencies include the Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (BIBB) and the German Aerospace Center (DLR). For the promotion and co-ordination of VET research related to schools and universities the Bund-Länder-Kommission für Bildungsplanung und Forschungsförderung (BLK) plays an important role. Independent research societies and associations organise non-governmental research on a large scale. VET research institutes have established a national network for cooperation, the Arbeitsgemeinschaft Berufsbildungsforschungsnetz (AGBFN). The main themes of current research are the supply and demand of training places, reform of vocational education and training including teaching methods and co-operation, promoting training for groups with special needs, learning culture for competence development, learning regions. Key research issues of the near future are access, transfer and progression (credit transfer and national qualifications framework), the development of standards of competence and quality assurance; VET in an ageing society; the development of competence models for assessing individual learning outcomes and for taking stock of education processes.
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Source: Cedefop - National Research Report Germany (details see Bibliography)
Editor: Sabine Manning  © WIFO