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The Challenges of Policy Transfer in Vocational Skills Development

National Qualifications Frameworks and the Dual Model of Vocational Training in International Cooperation


Edited By Markus Maurer and Philipp Gonon

In the context of renewed global interest in the development of vocational skills, policy makers in many countries as well as representatives of technical organisations often hope to reform existing training systems by borrowing models and policies that seem to work elsewhere. One of these prominent models is that of ‘National Qualifications Framework’, the use of which now spans the entire globe. On a much smaller scale, the ‘Dual Model’ of vocational training – a systematic combination of school and workplace-based learning that is common in a number of countries in Western Europe – has also gained attention in international cooperation.
Bringing together contributions from authors involved in both the theory and practice of vocational skills training development, this volume analyses the challenges that are tied to the transfer of these two dominant models in the context of international cooperation, sheds light on how they are being implemented, and discusses alternatives to the standard approaches to policy transfer.
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The editors thank all those involved in making this book possible. Our particular thanks go to the authors of the contributions in this volume – who had to wait long to see their articles in the final version of the book. Maurice Hutton dedicated his excellent editorial skills proofreading all articles. Within the publishing house of Peter Lang, Friederike Meisner and Benjamin Fröhlich carefully monitored the entire publishing process. The book being an outcome of a conference held at the University of Zurich in September 2012, we also would like to thank NORRAG, ETH/Nadel and the Swiss Forum for Skills Development and International Conference (FoBBIZ) for a fruitful collaboration, as well as the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and the Jacobs Foundation for their financial support of the conference.

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