VETNET ECER Proceedings VOL I – Bolzano/Bozen IT 2018

For the first time in many years, VETNET publishes a collection of short papers in an edited book of proceedings, which is available online and as a printed version. VETNET has had a long tradition in making ECER presentations and full papers open to a broader public. So, what’s the purpose of having “a real book”? We see it as an opportunity for VETNET to increase the visibility of current research in vocational education and training – and as an opportunity for its researchers to talk about planned, ongoing and finalised pieces of work. VETNET lives, if knowledge is shared, discussed and challenged by others. The people involved are ready to cross boundaries in their theoretical and methodological thinking and acting.

Papers included in the 2018 VETNET proceedings are based on double-blind peer-reviewed abstracts that were accepted for presentation at the European Conference on Educational Research ECER in Bolzano / Bozen.


Nägele, C., & Stalder, B. E. (Eds.) (2018). Trends in vocational education and training research. Proceedings of the European Conference on Educational Research (ECER), Vocational Education and Training Network (VETNET). https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.1319718

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Papers are in alphabetical order.


Aarkrog, V. (2018). Learning in simulation-based classes in social and health care programs.  https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.1319612

Aarkrog, V., Wahlgren, B., Larsen, C. H., Mariager-Anderson, K., & Gottlieb, S. (2018). Decision-making processes among potential dropouts in VET and adult learning. https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.1319185

Abiétar López, M., Meri Crespo, E., Giménez Urraco, E., Grau Muñoz, A., Marco Arocas, E., & Grau Muñoz, B. (2018). Success and dropout pathways in vocational education and training.  https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.1319617

Assanbayev, A, & Makoelle, T. M. (2018). Practices promoting inclusion of adult students with disabilities in Kazakhstani technical vocational education and training institutions (TVETIs). https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.1319620

Augsdörfer, A., & Casper, M. (2018). Closing the theory-practice gap: Employing authentic video-taped lessons in vocational teacher education. https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.1319622

Avis, J., Orr, K., & Warmington, P. (2018). Black students in VET: Learner experiences in an English metropolitan and provincial setting. https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.1319626

Bathmaker, A.-M., Graf, L., Orr, K., Powell, J., Webb, S., & Wheelahan, L. (2018). Higher level vocational education: The route to high skills and productivity as well as greater equity? An international comparative analysis. https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.1319628

Baumeler, C., Engelage, S., & Strebel, A. (2018). Creation, maintenance, and disruption. occupational associations and their heterogeneous institutional work after the Swiss VET policy reform. https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.1319630

Benedek, A., Dobozy, G., & Orosz, B. (2018). Open learning resource structures in the activation of VET learners. https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.1319636 .

Billett, S. (2018). Promoting Work-Based Vocational Education Provisions: Case Studies and Lessons from Arab Region Countries. https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.1405298

Billett, S., Aakrog, V., Hiim, H., Stalder, B. E., & Nokelainen, P. (2018). Enhancing the standing of vocational education and the occupations it serves: A symposium. https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.1319640

Bound, H., & Evans, K. (2018). Risky work – supporting learning in free-lance and contract-based employment. https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.1319642  

Buschle, C., & Gruber, V. (2018). Structures of further education and training in the field of early childhood education: Findings from a nationwide study in Germany. https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.1319644

Cechovsky, N. (2018). The importance of tax knowledge for tax compliance: A study on the tax literacy of vocational business students. https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.1319646

Chong, S. (2018). The need to strength the skills pipeline – analysis of the PIAAC data. https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.1319648

Deitmer, L., Heinemann, L., & Müller, W. (2018). New forms of learning and teaching and organisational change – a case study at the building industry. https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.1319650

Dif, M. (2018). On the development of inclusive key competences within the French educational and training system. https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.1319652

Esmond, B. (2018). Beyond comparative institutional analysis: A workplace turn in English TVET. https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.1319655

Fischer, M. (2018). Improving the quality of in-company vocational training. Approaches and results of a German pilot project programme. https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.1319657

Gregson, M., & Spedding, T. (2018). Learning together: Evaluating and improving further adult and vocational and education through practice-focused research. https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.1319661

Henning Loeb, I., & Lassnigg, L. (2018). Quality in Swedish and Austrian VET and VET teacher education. A comparative study. https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.1319663

Høst, H., Michelsen, S., Leemann, J. R., & Imdorf, C. (2018). Training agencies as intermediary institutions in apprentice training in Norway and Switzerland: General Purpose or Niche Production Tools? https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.1319665

Kamm, C., Gebhardt, A., C., Gonon, P., & Dernbach-Stolz, S. (2018). Perception of one’s own transition: Young adults with different risk patterns describe their vocational orientation process. https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.1319667

Karber, A. (2018). Teacher´s constructions of differences in vocational schools for pedagogical professionals. https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.1319673

Lassnigg, L., Deitmer, L., Benke, M., Hauschildt, U., Tacconi, G., & Perini, M. (2018). Problems of VET governance and scope for improvement – a comparative view. https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.1319676

Lensjø, M. (2018). Labour migration, vocational education and training in the Norwegian plumbing industry. https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.1319680

Lüthi, F., & Stalder, B. E. (2018). Situational and individual resources predict learning opportunities and career outcomes in VET. https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.1407753

Marhuenda Fluixá, F., & Ros-Garrido, A. (2018). Accompaniment and qualification on-the-job: Case study of a work integration social enterprise. https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.1319682

Martino, L., & Lasonen, J.  (2018). Comparison of VET and CTE teacher pathways: Finland and the U.S. https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.1319684

Moodie, G., Wheelahan, L., & Lavigne, E. (2018). Productive capabilities: A framework for vocational education. https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.1319688

Nardi, P., Bengo, I., & Caloni, S. (2018). Reality-based learning and the Oliver Twist school: Towards a new approach in VET. https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.1319692

Ohlemann, S., & Driesel-Lange, K. (2018). Career competence development of students in German secondary schools: A latent transition analysis. https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.1319694

Peinemann, K. (2018). Decision professionalization of teachers at vocational schools in the field of vocational orientation. inclusion of disadvantaged young people as a requirement for professional teaching. https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.1319696

Perini, M. & Pentassuglia, M. (2018). One step forward: Advancing knowledge on Italian VET-laboratory instructional practices. https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.1319698

Pinya, C., Salvà, F., Pomar, M- I., & Calvo-Sastre, A. (2018). Preventing school drop-outs in intermediate VET from the schools’ perspective. https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.1319185

Powell, L. & McGrath, S. (2018). The long and winding road to the labour market: South African public TVET college students’ experiences of system failure. https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.1319704

Rintala, H., Jussila, J, & Nokelainen, P. (2018). The reform of vocational education and training in Finland: Insights from Twitter. https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.1319706

Saniter, A, & Harberts, V. (2018). A case study on the potentials of apprenticeship within school-based vet systems of Romania and Portugal. https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.1319708

Schaug, R, & Torgrimsby, T. (2018). Relevant teaching practice for vocational teacher students in lower secondary education. https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.1319710

Tino, C., & Grion, V. (2018). School-work alternation: Teachers’ voices about the development and the assessment process of soft skills. https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.1319712

Tschöll, C. (2018). The MasterPlan: Master without bachelor. Discussing diversity in higher education within a pilot case study at Brandenburg university of applied sciences (Germany). https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.1319714

Virgós-Sánchez, M., Burguera, J.-L., Pérez-Herrero, M.-d.-H., & Fernández-Fernández, S. (2018). Dual vocational training. a unique-case study from the perspective of the agents involved in its development. https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.1319716

Wedekind, V., Alla-Mensah, J., & Fakoush, H., (2018). An exploration of the potential role of vocational education in facilitating the integration of forced migrants into society. https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.1401006