Divergence and Convergence in Education and Work

by Vibe Aarkrog (Volume editor) Christian Helms Jørgensen (Volume editor)
©2008 Edited Collection 441 Pages


Are the educational systems in Europe becoming more similar or more different? This book deals with the issue of divergence and convergence in relation to systems, learning environments, and learners in vocational educational training (VET). 18 VET researchers from eight countries contribute to the examination of ‘divergence and convergence’ at three levels: At the national level this volume deals with the following questions: What are the consequences of the European policies that aim at converging the VET systems in Europe? What is the impact of globalization on the national systems? At the level of institutions the central issue concerns the relation between learning environments. What is the coherence between school-based education and learning in the work-place, and how can they connect? Finally at the third level of the learners and their identities the focus is on the role of vocational educational training in the formation of biographies and identities. The book thus covers the central issues on the agenda in relation to future vocational education.


ISBN (Softcover)
Publication date
2012 (June)
Berufsbildung Kulturvergleich Kongress 2006 Commercial college History of Education Adult education Curricular Development Curricular Research Occupational training
Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, New York, Oxford, Wien, 2008. 441 pp., 1 ill.

Biographical notes

Vibe Aarkrog (Volume editor) Christian Helms Jørgensen (Volume editor)

The Editors: Vibe Aarkrog is associate professor at the Danish School of Education, University of Aarhus. Her research field is vocational educational curriculum development with a focus on the coherence between the theoretical and practical parts of the VET programs. She is currently the leader of a Danish network for VET-researchers. Christian Helms Jørgensen is associate professor at Roskilde University in Denmark. He has researched and published on the relation between education and work, educational planning, workplace learning and learning environments, and comparative research on vocational education and training.


Title: Divergence and Convergence in Education and Work