5 - National and European HRD/VET research
thematic pattern of HRD/VET related research, which has been identified
for the institutions in individual countries (thesis 4), differs considerably
from that found for papers and projects at European level. Both the papers
at European conferences (HRD conference and ECER/VETNET) and the EU projects
of recent years have a strong focus on process issues (learning, competence
development etc), while the institutions have high proportions shared by
three areas: system (such as adult education, IVET), process (learning
and work etc) and framework (labour market, society etc) - [Figure 5].
The basis for this comparative analysis are the thematic descriptors of
VET/HRD related research (see Monitor > Descriptors).
can we assess the difference in thematic patterns of research between national
institutions and European conferences and projects? Are European activities,
by addressing process issues rather than system and framework aspects,
more forward-looking? Or do they neglect issues that are no less essential
for national development?
pattern of VET/HRD related research:
conference papers and EU projects (percentage of each group)