The International Journal of Vocational Education Studies (IJVES) publishes current findings on vocational education and training (VET), focusing on the analysis and further development of VET. The journal aims to strengthen the international academic exchange of selected research results from different countries, thereby networking the international community. The journal and its articles are intended for the academic community as well as decision-makers in the field of VET. The goal is to make research results from vocational education studies accessible to an international audience and to inform about current developments in VET. The journal acknowledges that VET in different countries is studied not only from an educational perspective but also from other disciplines, such as political science, sociology, and economics.

Call for Papers: Issue 3

2024-05-28

Vocational Education and Training Systems between School and Company

From an international perspective, a variety of alternating or cooperative vocational education and training (VET) approaches are emerging, with the aim of enhancing graduates' employability and facilitating their integration into the labor market and society. The challenge of youth unemployment is a central concern within this context. Much attention is given to the development of (dual) apprenticeships, while in numerous countries, longstanding dual VET models are undergoing modernization efforts to address contemporary challenges. The advancement of alternating learning stands out as a key focus in the modernization of VET systems globally. Alternating learning involves a blend of school-based (theoretical) and company-based (practical) vocational education and training. However, what initially appears harmonious often reveals underlying conflicts of interest between public goals of fostering youth development and private objectives of skill development.

Vol 1 No 1 (2024): Focus: VET in Different National Contexts: Between Marginalisation, Ideology, and Reform

Traditionally, vocational education has played an inferior role compared to general and higher education. At the same time, reforms are taking place in many countries to upgrade vocational education and training (VET). These reforms, however, have very different starting conditions, with regard to the status of vocational education and the structural characteristics of the educational system more generally. In the first issue of this new journal, we take up very fundamental questions of internationally oriented VET research, such as: What is understood by vocational education in different countries? How is it justified as part of the education system?

Published: 2024-05-13

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