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Current VET/HRD research

VET/HRD research in Finland is very diverse both in basic and applied research. Research is mostly of a high standard. This is partly because Finnish researchers publish their works in international publications and cooperate internationally. 

One way of measuring the impact of VET/HRD research is to evaluate its effects on political decision making in education. Research projects linked strongly to political education reforms and reform projects have a huge influence. The results of these kinds of studies are being monitored and taken into account in decision making processes. Such studies are, for example, those connected to learning, evidence, student guidance and to the Leonardo- programme. On the other hand, studies concentrated on basic research have a weaker impact on national decision making .

Future VET/HRD research

In the future, the needs for research are mainly concentrated on the following themes:

  • quality of VET
  • efficiency of VET institution networks
  • appreciation of VET
  • preventing underachievement and drop out
  • background factor of educational choices
  • entrepreneurship
  • pedagogical and practical solutions concerning on the-job learning and skill demonstrations
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Source: Cedefop - National Research Report Finland (details see Bibliography)
Editor: Sabine Manning  © WIFO