3 - Distinction between HRD and VET
constellation of HRD and VET as two fields of research, which for instance
seems to match the two European conferences (HRD conference and ECER/VETNET),
does hardly apply to the institutional landscape in Europe. There are only
a few institutions where both the name and the profile of activities clearly
points to HRD or VET, but a large number where neither the name nor the
profile relates to HRD or VET [Figure 3a].
the profile of activities across all institutions (irrespective of their
names) is considered, the following picture appears: The largest proportion
of institutions include overlapping aspects of VET and HRD (such as learning
and work, continuing education or skills development); less frequent are
those institutions that conduct VET specific and/or HRD specific activities;
and finally there is a small group including both HRD and VET as specific
activities [Figure 3b].
can we assess the large area of overlapping research (such as learning
and work): Is it subsumed under either HRD or VET, or is it rooted in either
HRD or VET? What is the role of the two parallel European conferences (HRD
Conference and ECER/ VETNET), both of which have a lot of this research
in common? Is perhaps the international conference 'Researching Work and
Learning' a step toward developing a field in its own right?
identity according to name of institutions and to activity at institutions
activity at institutions (percentage of total =176)