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Shaping the Futures of (Vocational) Education and Work

Commitment of VET and VET Research


Edited By Gabriele Molzberger and Manfred Wahle

Education and work are moving towards an open, but uncertain future. Research on vocational and continuing education constantly needs to reassure the conditions of educational systems, current concepts of VET and work, educational policies, and its own assumptions in ascertaining theory of VET. In this context, modernisation is a significant paradigm. It refers to new ideological, socio-economic, structural and institutional qualities.
This volume analyses interdependencies and complexities of research, politics and practice of vocational, further and continuing education. With contributions from European VET researchers it assembles critical reflective, empirical, cross-cultural and historical perspectives. The volume discusses the dynamic changes of work and education both in regional and global labour markets. Central issues are transformations of vocational education and work, the impacts of gender, ethnicity, culture and globalization as well as the anticipation of possible futures of vocational education and work.
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Notes on Contributors


ESTHER BERNER, PhD, holds a deputy professorship at the University of Potsdam, Germany. Her fields of research comprise: the history of vocational education and training, history and philosophy of educational science and the transition between school and working life.

MARION FLEIGE, PhD, she works at the German Institute for Adult Education/Leibniz Centre for Lifelong Learning in Bonn, Germany, and is the head of the programme ‘Programmes and Participation’. Her research interests focus on learning cultures, further education, participation in adult education and further education in a comparative perspective.

PHILIPP GONON is professor of vocational education at the University of Zürich, Institute of Education. Research interests are international comparative research on VET policy and advanced vocational training; historical VET research; quality assurance and evaluation.

ANJA HEIKKINEN is professor of lifelong learning and education at the University of Tampere, Finland. Her research interests include: the relationship between education, work and politics, the history and philosophy of vocational education; the impact of culture and gender on vocational education, cross-cultural collaboration and practice.

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