recent years, a number of PhD studies have focused on the consequences
of Reform 2000, in particular with a view to the students in VET. Focus
on students' background and choice of, expectations to and benefit from
on training and learning forms within the work-based training;
and on teaching and learning forms within the work-based training.
Reform 2000 has been criticised by researchers for wrong targeting, as
the profile described in the Reform papers corresponds better with the
profiles found in general upper secondary education, and for increasing
the overall drop-out rate, as the individualised modularised structure
is more suitable for strong students than the many VET students who are
tired of school, whose strengths are within the practical subjects not
the general subjects, and who require a more stable school environment
with steady school mates and a teacher who takes the responsibility.
a current research project is focusing on practice-related didactics and
how teachers relate the theoretical teaching at the basic courses to the
practical training taking place in enterprises. This project is related
to the policy issue of reducing the drop-out rate in VET by making the
school-based education and training more relevant and more motivating for
the students. The project is carried out by Vibe Aarkrog, the Danish University
Roskilde University, the Danish Ministry of Education is funding a large-scale
project focusing on subject and professionalism in the transition from
education to work. The aim of the project is to describe transition patterns
from VET to the labour market and the relations between VET subjects and
profiles and job content and job profiles. The study will focus on both
the institutional transition patterns and the students' perception of transition
patterns. The project will be carried out by Christian Helms Jørgensen
and Morten Smidstrup, Roskilde University.
a number of PhD projects were initiated in 2005 focusing on the changing
roles of teachers in VET - as a consequence of Reform 2000, the relationship
between EU VET policy priorities (the Copenhagen process) and national
VET policy priorities, and immigrants in the VET system (a specific priority
area involving the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Integration).
projects are taken into consideration by the Working Group on the Modernisation
of VET, a group which has been set up by the Government in relation to
the Globalisation initiative. The group came out with a report in March
2006 and is expected to make concrete proposal by the end of 2006.