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Hybrid Qualifications: Structures and Problems in the Context of European VET Policy

structures and problems in the context of european vet policy

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Edited By Thomas Deissinger, Josef Aff, Alison Fuller and Christian Helms Jørgensen

Against the background of increasing qualification needs there is a growing awareness of the challenge to widen participation in processes of skill formation and competence development. At the same time, the issue of permeability between vocational education and training (VET) and general education has turned out as a major focus of European education and training policies and certainly is a crucial principle underlying the European Qualifications Framework (EQF). In this context, «hybrid qualifications» (HQ) may be seen as an interesting approach to tackle these challenges as they serve «two masters», i.e. by producing skills for the labour market and enabling individuals to progress more or less directly to higher education. The specific focus of this book is placed on conditions, structures and processes which help to combine VET with qualifications leading into higher education.
This volume assembles articles by researchers from Switzerland, the Netherlands, France, Australia, Canada, Scotland, England, Denmark, Austria and Germany.

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277 List of authors JOSEF AFF is Professor and Head of the Institute for Business Edu- cation at the Vienna University of Economics and Business. His research interests include aspects of polyvalent teacher training with special emphasis on didactics and entrepreneurship education. An- other research focus is the analysis of the structure of the Austrian vocational education and training system with special emphasis on higher commercial full-time schools. GAYNA DAVEY is Research Fellow in the Southampton Education School. Her Ph. D. was awarded in 2010, and it was titled ‘Defining the Middle Classes: Using Bourdieu’s conceptual trilogy of habitus, capital and field’. Gayna’s research interests include the sociology of education, social class, youth transitions, and the sociology of work. She has experience of a variety of research methods including in- depth qualitative interviewing and secondary analysis of existing data sets. THOMAS DEISSINGER is Professor of Business Education at the Uni- versity of Konstanz, Germany. He received his Diploma in Busi- ness Education and his Ph. D. at the University of Mannheim, where he worked until 1998. He has specialized in vocational training policy and comparative research in the area of vocational and educational training. His research interests also include didactical issues, full- time vocational education and practice firms, as well as the history of vocational education. Several of his publications are devoted to the nature and development of the VET systems in the UK and Aus- tralia from a comparative perspective. ALISON FULLER is Director of Research and Head of...

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