study is part of a Cedefop supported project, carried out in the context
of the European Research Overview (ERO).
initial mapping of HRD and VET related research, presented in this study,
is based on an institutional analysis. The aim is to identify thematic
profiles, without any assessment of the quality or capacity (size and manpower)
of the institutions. The present analysis starts out from a selection of
250 institutions across 22 European countries, which carry out HRD/VET
related research ('HRD/VET' stands for 'HRD and/or VET').
institutions have been selected from country reports supplied by a Cedefop
network of experts, the ReferNet (ERO National Research Reports - ENRRs).
While the basic list of institutions for this study is identical with selection
provided by the national reports, the relevant information on these institutions
has been compiled mainly from the institutional home pages concerned, partly
supported by the descriptions given in the ENRRs.
the present stage of the project, the research profile of the institutions
is investigated for Europe as a whole; at a later stage, clustering by
country is envisaged. The analysis has been done by applying content-related
indicators and descriptors. This approach allows for linkages with previous
thematic analyses of European projects and conference papers (see Monitor).
following five theses highlight interim outcomes which are focused on those
institutions that are characterised by both significant research activities
and significant HRD/VET components in their profile (total 176 institutions).
The graphical figures, which serve to illustrate the outcomes, are all
related to this group of institutions. Each thesis leads to a few questions
intended to stimulate the discussion.
round tables of European experts, who have been involved in both HRD and
VET research, are arranged for this discussion in 2006: the first one at
the HRD Conference in Tilburg and the second one at ECER (VETNET) in Geneva.
The panel group at each round table is invited to take up major points
from the theses, questioning or confirming them in the light of their national
and European experience, reflecting on possible reasons and implications,
and putting forward their own views on the HRD/VET research landscape.
The proceedings of these two round table discussions are included as part
of the study outcomes.
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