research networks in vocational education and training
An analysis of participation and network relations
The following analysis of project related networks in vocational education is a joint undertaking which has arisen out of two research contexts:
The present study is related to a similar context of communities and researchers, but it focuses on the relationship between these researchers in selected networks. Networks are essential for facilitating collaboration, exchange of knowledge and mutual learning. How have research networks in vocational education developed across Europe? What are the patterns of participation and involvement of researchers in project partnerships, thematic networks and publishing teams? The analysis in this presentation centres on European research project partnerships and three networks which have had particular impact on promoting collaboration between researchers: FORUM, CEDRA and VETNET (see annex for details).
The analysis has been supported by applying UCINET, a Windows programme for matrix and social network analysis (Info). A brief guide to the network analysis is enclosed as PDF document (Analysing project-based research networks).
The major outcome of this analysis is expected to support efforts of efficient and productive collaboration among European researchers in vocational education and training. What matters in this context is to produce both sound analytical results (also as a contribution to more general research on networks etc) and concrete outcomes, to be taken up by network coordinators and other actors in European VET research.
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