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In recent years, the main focus in VET research has been on the impact of Reform 2000 and especially on the relationship between national VET policies and students' expectations and choices of VET. In a paper on national VET research, Vibe Aarkrog describes 5 major research areas in connection with VET and Reform 2000:
- students' background;
- students' choice of education;
- students' expectations to and benefit from VET;
- students' perceptions of practical training;
- students' perceptions of teaching (school-based training).

Furthermore, numerous development projects have been carried out at the vocational colleges focusing on 
- integrating ethnic minorities in VET;
- retaining students in VET/lowering the drop-out rate;
- methods for assessing prior learning;
- furthering innovation and entrepreneurship training in VET;
- competence development and organisational innovation;
- cross-national cooperation and internationalisation.

These projects are funded by the ministerial fund for innovation and development projects (FoU). Vocational colleges and other stakeholders in the VET system can apply for funding once or twice a year within the overall framework set up by the Ministry. The aim of these projects is to develop the practice of the colleges through concrete project work and the development of tools and guidelines within specific priority areas.

ANNEX: Selection of ERO Base projects

European Accreditation of Public Health Teaching Curricula

Full-time school vocational training in selected European countries with a dual vocational training system

Innovative Vocational Development Solutions for Social Care Workers

Recognition of non-formal and informal learning

Talent, Information Society and Management

To motivate the adults for learning

Vocational Qualification Transfer System

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Source: Cedefop - National Research Report Denmark (details see Bibliography)
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