Cases, Concepts and Challenges
Edited By Esther Berner and Philipp Gonon
Understanding today’s Vocational Education and Training (VET) systems requires a comprehension of the rise and development, i.e. of the foundations of topical VET. This book provides a comparative view of its development in Europe. The contributions of renowned authors give insight into conceptual questions, cases and challenges in this field.
The Development of Statistics in the VET Domain in Switzerland: Issues and Difficulties between 1880 and 1930
Abstract: The Swiss VET system has been developing into its current institutional structures since the end of the 19th century. Some decades earlier, from 1850 on, Switzerland witnessed the development of its official statistics. However, experts and politicians had to wait until 1935 for a first complete and updated set of national data concerning the VET domain. The analysis of this delay shows that the development of statistics on VET had to overcome several difficulties: not only technical problems of data collection due to the youth of the discipline of statistics, but also problems raised by an unstable and evolving domain, requiring the redefinition of certain statistical categories. For instance, the category of “apprentice”, with its ambiguous identity between worker and learner, caused major problems for data collection in those days. Only the implementation of the first federal law of 1930 provided a stable framework for the development of VET statistics.
Today statistics can be considered a key element of the functioning of our modern democracies. Statistics are everywhere, in newspapers and on television, in the political discourse as well as in academic research activities. It is hard to imagine studying or describing our society without statistics, and it is equally hard to imagine that important political decisions could be taken without referring to statistical evidence. However, before developing the structures and arriving at the role we attribute to them today, statistics had to follow a complex and difficult path from the...
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