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European research networks in vocational education and training

Section: Conclusion

This concluding section aims to produce the total picture of network relations, summing up the involvement of researchers in project partnerships, co-authorship teams and networks (CEDRA, ECER/ VETNET and FORUM). It was evident from the beginning (figure 1) that a large number of researchers are multiple participants. In more detailed break-downs of the larger networks (CEDRA, ECER/ VETNET), a typical pattern appeared: a core group of researchers sharing intensive relations (or repeated participation) surrounded by loosely connected groups at the fringe (see figures 9, 11 and 13). 

The individual participants belonging to these core groups of European networks are identified in the first concluding figure. These 'core participants' may be regarded as the key actors or multipliers in the European VET research community.

Figure 22: Core participants in networks (medium+text/ large

The second figure is concerned with the means of communication between European networks. The total network participants are contrasted with the membership of the largest mailing list (ERO-Call):

Figure 23: Communication across networks (medium+text/ large)

This evidence leads to the final conclusion that a relatively small interactive list involving lots of core network participants could play a multiplier role, with information being drawn from and passed on to individual networks. 

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