Early VET (Vocational Education & Training) the possible solution? – Dilemmas of motivation for vocations and labour markets needs
2013 (English)Conference paper (Refereed)
Amongst its several ambitions latest educational reforms, like the one of the Swedish upper secondary school on 2011, are expected to contribute to satisfy a felt increased need of qualified work forces in different occupational sectors (for example, services, ICT, industry). Generally described there is a focus on practical rather than theoretical knowledge, development of qualifications and competences all intended to have an impact on employability. Emerging problems in the implementation phase have been, e.g., low rates of students’ recruitment in some of the training programmes as well as higher levels of drop-outs. Arguments and explanations go from intensive political debates to attempts to deal with the problem from different research´s stand points.
This paper intend to contribute to the on-going debate concerning motivation for vocational studies (consequently for working life in the mentioned sectors) by exploring important dimensions of the so called early, or pre, vocational education and training (early VET in the following). What aspects are there in the compulsory education that needs to be highlighted in order to deal with the mentioned problems?, what does experiences and studies of early VET in different educational context, Nordic and beyond, tell us in terms of early motivation for vocations?
The paper essentiality argues that there is a need to transcend and widen the focus of the present debate; it suggests a shift of attention toward the important dimensions of early vocational education and training. Methodologically the paper draws on national and cross-national studies of early VET, empirical research done by the author is also used to support some of the lines of argumentation.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2013. 1-9 p.
Early VET, motivation, qualifications, compulsory education
Research subject Educational Science
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-111076OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-111076DiVA: diva2:774110
NERA (Nordic Educational Research Association) 41st Congress, Reykjavik, Iceland, 2013