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In recent years, there has been an increased focus on VET in Denmark and on the limited research with has been carried out within the field. As a consequence, a number of PhD projects have been initiated. The first wave of these projects focussed especially on Reform 2000 and on the students within the Danish VET system. The second wave of PhDs is broader in scope focusing on students, teacher profiles, and on policy reforms in Europe.

The Ministry of Education continues to fund both development projects at the vocational colleges and specific research projects at the universities. It is an area which receives increased political attention as VET is perceived as a central parameter for achieving the Lisbon goals and the goals set up by the Danish Government. 

In the years to come, the following research areas will remain the same as these have continued to be problems within the system for the last 30 years: how to increase the prestige of VET; how to ensure correspondence between labour market needs and VET programmes; how to balance between state control and market demands. It is certain that VET will achieve increased policy and research attention in the years to come.

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Source: Cedefop - National Research Report Denmark (details see Bibliography)
Editor: Sabine Manning  © WIFO