this concluding section we want to return to the total picture of network
relations, after having analysed the involvement of researchers in project
partnerships, co-authorship teams and individual networks.
the figure above, only the core participants of European networks are presented:
the coordinators of project partnerships, the co-authors in transnational
teams (CEDRA, ECER), the FORUM members, CEDRA and ECER participants/ authors
(excluding once-only participants in both cases). Altogether, 155 persons
are included in this selection of core participants. This is a third of
the total number of persons (478) involved in any of these networks.
at the individual blue columns shows that the core groups do not vary greatly
in size despite significant variations in the total memberships (see figure
1). This outcome may be partly accidental, not least in view of the
different criteria of selection. In any case, the low variation between
the five core groups entails a suitable balance for the following synthesis.
final column (right) presents the frequency with which participants are
involved in these core groups. The proportions between single and multiple
involvement are two thirds against one third (a similar pattern as in the
overall division between general and core participants). We may conclude
that those researchers who have been involved in two or more core groups
(about 50 persons) are the key actors or multipliers in the European VET
research community (as defined by the sample of this analysis).