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The following section on the Vocational Education and Training Network (VETNET) starts out from an analysis of participation in the annual European Conference on Educational Research (ECER). As already indicated (figure 1), VETNET has no formal membership. The network is associated with those persons who have contributed to the VETNET programme arranged by its Board for ECER each year. 

In this analysis, the participants in all the ECER/ VETNET events between 1998 and 2003 are considered ( the data for 1998 to 2001 refer to the authors in the proceedings, while the data for 2002 and 2003 include all contributors to the programme). This calculation results in an aggregated number of 262 persons who have participated in one or more ECER/ VETNET events for the last six years.

Since the annual ECER/ VETNET programme provides a framework of contact, two effects may be relevant: on the one hand, the involvement of new researchers (as a process of revitalising) every year; on the other hand, the reappearance of researchers (leading to intensified relations within the network). The evidence given in the above figure points in both of these directions: a large proportion of participants have turned up only once, while about a quarter of researchers have participated at least twice. The latter group of frequent participants may be regarded as the core group of the network, at least for the purpose of this analysis.

© WIFO Manning 2003
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