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History of Vocational Education and Training in Europe

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.

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Educational Systems Research: Intention, Scope, Desiderata. A Vocational-Pedagogy and Historical Comment


1.  Introduction – three current debates

As the German controversy around Level 6 of the European Qualifications Framework has shown, research on educational systems is in high demand. The policy issues of access to university education associated with these questions are indicative of a longstanding tension between vocational training on the one hand and general education on the other.

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