4 - Profiles of HRD and VET research
research is related to a broader thematic profile than VET research. This
is evident from comparing the range of themes, identified by thematic descriptors
of VET/HRD related research (see Monitor > Descriptors),
within institutions [Figure 4a]. In cases where both HRD and VET are covered,
the overall thematic profile is particularly broad. On the other hand,
research in the overlapping area between HRD and VET (e.g. 'work and learning'
- see thesis 3) tends to have a more narrow profile. 'Narrow' in this case
means that individual aspects of VET/HRD (e.g. 'competence development')
are addressed, but these may be embedded in a neighbouring research field
(e.g. labour market surveys).
the identification of HRD and VET related research by thematic descriptors,
also across languages, reveals conceptual differences: While VET is identified
as a fairly common concept (despite the variety of training patterns),
HRD has got various orientations. In general, HRD related research across
European countries is focused more often on the labour market than on the
organisation, only partly it covers both [Figure 4b].
can we associate with 'HRD' in European research? Is there a field of HRD
or rather a variety of HRD features linking up with VET in broad thematic
profiles? Where do we find European research on HRD in the labour market?
There is little evidence of this research at the present European conferences
on HRD or VET!
profile of research in relation to HRD/VET focus at institutions
of each group)
related research within institutions - focus on labour market or organisation