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European research networks in vocational education and training

Section: CEDRA (CEDEFOP Research Arena)

The CEDEFOP Research Arena (CEDRA) aims at promoting opportunities for researchers to collaborate in sharing and developing knowledge about vocational education and training. CEDRA serves as an environment for voluntary collaboration among researchers, in close liaison with project partnerships and networks in this field. More information about the conceptual background and the activities of CEDRA can be found on its home page.

In this network analysis, we take a closer look at the involvement of researchers in CEDRA. Two major activities are considered: participating in thematic events and producing joint studies. The resulting composition of involved researchers is shown in the figure below:

Figure 7: CEDRA participants: Composition (medium+text/ large)

A particular aspect in this analysis is the European context of networking: the national origin of researchers participating in the CEDRA activities. This mapping (see figures below) also includes data about those FORUM members who have been involved in CEDRA. 

Figure 8: CEDRA participants across Europe (medium+text/ large)
Figure 10: CEDRA authors across Europe (medium+text/ large)

The relation between participants in events and also between authors in joint publishing is presented by means of network analysis. This presentation (see figures below) again identifies the role of FORUM members who have been involved in CEDRA.

Figure 9: CEDRA participation network (medium+text/ large)
Figure 11: CEDRA co-authorship network (medium+text/ large)

A brief introduction to the network analysis applied in this section can be found in the guide below:

Guide to analysing project-based research networks (PDF)

The final figure illustrates the role of CEDRA in drawing on project work and promoting collaboration between partnerships:

Figure 12: Project representation in CEDRA (medium+text/ large)

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