VETNET ECER Proceedings VOL V Yerevan AM 2022

Nägele, C., Kersh, N., & Stalder, B. E. (Eds.) (2022). Trends in vocational education and training research, Vol. IV. Proceedings of the European Conference on Educational Research (ECER), Vocational Education and Training Network (VETNET).

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We are happy and proud to present the 5th edition of the VETNET ECER Proceedings. We’d like to thank all authors for their contributions.

This year is again a special ECER conference, which is, in fact, two conferences: The papers in the Proceedings are either presented in-person in Yerevan, Armenia at the ECER or online during ECER plus.

Marg Malloch has contributed a concise and condensed overview of the papers that are united in this fifth edition of the Proceedings.

We wish all a great time reading the papers and hope that they contribute to a scientific exchange, vivid discussions and mutual learning.

Dr Christof Nägele VETNET chair/link convenor of VETNET   
University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland, School of Education

Dr Natasha Kersh, VETNET board member
IOE, UCL’s Faculty of Education and Society

Professor Dr Barbara E. Stalder, VETNET chair/link convenor
Bern University of Teacher Education

Developments of VET Research Mirrored in the Papers of VETNET at the ECER

This year’s conference theme Education in a Changing World: The impact of global realities on the prospects and experiences of educational research encapsulates our experiences of the past two years – the first two years of the Covid-19 pandemic. Physical movement and communication were restricted, with periods of isolation due to lockdowns, having the virus or having been a contact. Globally, health, governments, economies, employment, transport and manufacturing were jolted out of complacency.

As is so frequently noted, our worlds as we knew them changed suddenly, and in education a rapid change to a much increased usage of online learning. We are now slowly emerging to a hybrid blend of online and face-to-face activities. Conferences are slowly reviving, and as ECER this year, also employing a hybrid mode of presentation, with the in-person conference in Yerevan, Armenia, and the online conference ECER plus.

The Vocational Education and Training Network has moved beyond the everyday exigencies of the pandemic to present a robust programme on current and future issues and challenges to Vocational Education and Training (VET). A pleasing programme of qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods research is presented. The impact of the past two years is evident in the research methods employed, for example, document analysis and interviews conducted virtually.

The 20 papers and one symposium presented in these Conference Proceedings ably demonstrate the range of research priorities for the Network, which encompasses:

  • Comparison of VET cultures and Governance of VET systems
  • Qualification frameworks, competence assessment
  • Teachers’ and trainers’ professional development
  • Careers, transitions and guidance & counselling
  • Work-based learning, partnership of learning venues
  • Social issues in VET and social impact of VET provisions
  • Pedagogic support by digital media

In the vocational education and training sector ingenuity was required as to how to cater for workplace learning and demonstration of skills in a work setting. VET teachers, trainers and learners had to adjust quickly, developing simulations and imaginative at home activities as well as rescheduling work-based activities to engage learners and to meet the requirements of their courses, with varying degrees of success. Learners have missed the face-to-face interactions with peers and teachers and opportunities for networking and career development.

Key themes emerging from the VETNET proceedings are encouraging; to learn from this challenging time and to move forward positively. There is a bringing together of theory and practice, encompassing VET-related policies, comparisons of VET systems and cultures, practice-based learning, learning designs, new media and curricular innovations.

An important distinction is the positioning of the learner as central in vocational education and training. Flexibility and confidence, relevance and a supportive learning community are advocated. Transformative learning, hybrid learning, collaborative learning, lifelong learning and peer learning are all identified as desirable for VET in schools, higher education and the workplace. Learning from errors and irritations also contributes to the vocational learning journey.

In a time of increased utilisation of technology, digital technologies provide opportunities for creative, imaginative approaches such as virtual environments for students, teachers and workplaces.

Research into educators working together on their professional development to address challenges provides ideas and models for others to utilise. Collaborative research between vocational school leaders and a university and SMEs and a university provide a model for successfully addressing education in a changing world. Cross country and comparative research provide insights into VET systems also address the challenges of a changing world.

The authors and editors are to be congratulated on these proceedings which provide insights into European developments that have relevance internationally.

We hope that you will be inspired to join the VETNET.

Professor Dr Marg Malloch
VETNET Board Member
Victoria University Melbourne

Single Papers

Transformation for Rural Development: An analysis of Perspective Transformation of Participants of a VET Course in Agriculture
Altay, Özge –

The Future of Vocational Education and Training in Europe. Scenarios for 2035: A Symposium
Benke, Magdolna / Bonoli, Lorenzo / Gonon, Philipp / Grollmann, Philipp / Marhuenda-Fluixá, Fernando / Markowitsch, Jörg / Vorpe, Jackie –

The Relationship Between Theory and Practice in Vocational Education: De-Sign Elements from the Perspective of Teachers
Bobe, Anna / Karber, Anke –

Continuity and Change in Dual Apprenticeship Systems: Different Historical Pathways to ‘Hybridity’ in VET in Germany and Switzerland
Deissinger, Thomas / Gonon, Philipp –

Lecturer’s Conceptions of Student Creativity in Higher Vocational Teacher Education
Fischer, Silke / Barabasch, Antje –

User Feedback of Apprentices on an Augmented Reality System for Learning from Errors in TVET
Goppold, Marvin / Frenz, Martin / Nitsch, Verena –

Staying or Leaving Academia? Career Development of VET Doctoral Researchers in Times of Uncertainty
Greppmair, Anja-Christina –

Business Model Development and Adaption of VET Service Providers in International Contexts
Kühn, Ida Kristina / Meyne, Lisa –

Guidance in Second Chance Schools: Accompaniment at the Core of Vocational Training
Marhuenda-Fluixà, Fernando / Chisvert-Tarazona, María José / Palomares-Montero, Davinia / Tárraga-Mínguez, Raúl – 10.5281/zenodo.6976634

What are the Key Elements of Classroom Practice that Meet the Super-Diverse Personalised Demands of Adult Learners in VET?
Maslo, Irina –

System Change for Lifelong learning: Cross-Country Digest of Policies for Lifelong Learning in Countries of the European Neighbourhood
Milovanovitch, Mihaylo –

VET, STEM Occupational Groups and Interaction with the Local Environment in Spain
Moso-Diez, Mónica / Mondaca-Soto, Antonio / Gamboa, Juan P. / Albizu-Echevarria, Mikel –

New Forms of European VET Governance in the Interplay Between the EU-Ropean Labour Market and Vet Policy? A Governance Analysis of the EU-Ropean Taxonomy of Skills, Competences, Qualifications and Occupations (Esco)
Mottweiler, Hannelore / Le Mouillour, Isabelle / Annen, Silvia –

Digital Competences of In-company Vocational Training Personnel – Results of a Company Survey in Germany, Spain and the UK
Müller, Mattia Lisa / Frenz, Martin / Brandl, Christopher / Nitsch, Verena –

Irritations in the Career Choice Process and Transformative Learning
Nägele, Christof / Stalder, Barbara E. / Hoffelner, Christine / Düggeli, Albert –

Challenges and Examples of Apparent Good Practice Developed in the PRO-VET Project in VET Teacher Education in the Republic of Serbia
Papić-Blagojević, Nataša / Tomašević, Stevan / Račić, Željko / Savić, Mirkov –

Designing a Virtual 3D Environment for Learning near the Workplace in SME
Reimann, Daniela / Busse, Jana / Langemeyer, Ines, / Teichmann, Malte –

Peer Learning in Vocational Education and Training – Effects and Changes of Person Relations in Learning Groups
Struck, Philipp –

Educating for Dynamic Vocations: A Guidepost for Responsive SVET
Van Vlokhoven, Haske / Hoeve, Aimée –

Training School Leaders to Improve School Practices
Wahlgren, Bjarne / Lindhardt Beck, Line –

Transitional Solutions and Achievement of VET Qualifications. A Case Study of the Canton of Ticino
Zanolla, Giovanna –