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European Dialogue on Current Challenges and Innovative Measures in Vocational Education and Training

The external evaluation of the EU-funded project "European Dialogue on Current Challenges and innovative Measures in Vocational Education/ European Dialogue on Vocational Education (innovet)" consists of two parts, that is an evaluation report and a compendium on vocational education in the partnering countries, Austria, Germany and Poland. According to the project objectives, the comprehensive collection of texts is simultaneously designed as a preparation for a European handbook of vocational education and training for trade union activists.

Project description

The external evaluation of the EU-funded project “European Dialogue on Current Challenges and innovative Measures in Vocational Education/ European Dialogue on Vocational Education (innovet)“ consists of two parts, that is an evaluation report and a compendium on vocational education in the partnering countries, Austria, Germany and Poland . According to the project objectives, the comprehensive collection of texts is simultaneously designed as a preparation for a European handbook of vocational education and training for trade union activists.
The project initiators planned an exchange of experience aimed at a middle-term transfer of knowledge between co-operating educational trade unions in Europe. In particular, the handbook was designed to provide trade union activists in Austria, Germany and Poland with an impetus and incentives for the national and European discussions on reforms in the field of vocational education and training. On the one hand, these ideas are based on illustrations of national differences in the practice of participation in decision-making processes in vocational training structures in respective countries with reference to the involvement of social partners. On the other hand, the aspects are discussed against the background of common targets of the members of the European Union and the growing European influence in educational issues. An Internet-based communication platform that will be accessible in three languages constitutes an important part of the project.

Research questions

The evaluation report as well as the compendium will pursue the question as to how the participating countries of Austria, Germany and Poland tackle the problem of youth unemployment, how they achieve equal opportunities on the vocational education and training sector as well as on the labour market, how the quality of vocational education and training as well as the general participation in processes of lifelong learning can be improved.

  • How can the challenges connected to the European Qualifications Framework be taken into consideration as well as the social interests of participants in educational processes, and how can appropriate conditions be designed for a comprehensive qualification of learners and teachers?
  • What new ways of vocational education and training will be suggested by trade unions in the future (validation and modularisation)? 
  • How can the state responsibility for general and vocational education and training be put into practice and how can the right to education be realised in a comprehensive manner? 
  • In how far has the EU project contributed answers to these questions?

The project evaluation consists of a formative and a summative part, the latter being completed by the submitted report and the collation of the compendium. The external evaluation of the EU project is based on manifold documents following two conferences and a workshop. From a methodological point of view, the external assessment is based on an evaluation of the contents of conference documents and the documentation of expert talks. Furthermore, the analysis can refer to the results from part-standardised written interviews with conference participants in Hamburg as well as a user survey of the”Innovet” website.

Co-operations

Gewerkschaft Erziehung und Wissenschaft (GEW)

Zwiazek Nauczycielstwa Polskiego (ZNP)

Österreichischer Gewerkschaftsbund (ÖGB)

Funding

Within the budget framework 04 03 30 02, the European Commission funds measures for processing the  development of the social dimension of the interior market, including questions of equal opportunities and the monetary union.

Further Information

Website of the EU project

Project details

State:
Completed projects
Project type: Interdepartmental projects
Duration:
09/2007-12/2008
Funding:
External funding
Department: Department of Educational Governance
Contact: Harry Neß
last modified Nov 25, 2013