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VET Boost: Towards a Theory of Professional Competencies

Essays in Honor of Frank Achtenhagen

2009 - 460 pages

Fritz K. Oser (University of Fribourg, Switzerland), Ursula Renold (Bundesamt für Berufsbildung und Technologie, Bern, Switzerland), Ernst G. John (University of Göttingen, Germany), Esther Winther (University of Göttingen, Germany) and Susanne Weber (University of Munich, Germany) (Eds.)

ISBN Paperback: 9789087907365 ($ 54.00)
ISBN Hardcover: 9789087907372 ($ 99.00)
ISBN E-Book: 9789087907389

Subject: Teacher Education

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The themes of the different papers in this book are related to five major areas of research. First, the book presents the work on a large-scale assessment in vocational and occupational education and training. Reason was the work of Frank Achtenhagen and his colleagues on the preparation of a VET-PISA which started in 2004 which has now become more and more a concrete program. The contributions to this part of the book contain a project description and profound presentations and discussions of measurement and evaluation problems. It reflects also the work of Achtenhagen with respect to item response theory, measurement and testing. The second part of this book presents a unique endeavour of promoting VET research: The Swiss Federal Office for Professional Education and Technology (OPET) initiated a program of Leading Houses of VET which are dedicated to different important research topics. This program might serve as example for comparable approaches in other countries. The third part highlights central issues of research on learning processes, curriculum theory and the use of technology. Here the work of Achtenhagen on competence-profile modelling, competence measurement and instructional and curriculum designing is touched. The fourth part stresses social and emotional learning as important aspects of VET learning. The fifth part considers the political and institutional dimensions of VET research which have to be taken into account when an international large-scale assessment of VET shall be getting started. Achtenhagen’s work on learning at work, leaning in economics and learning under the conditions of institutional modelling are discussed. The whole book is a collection of central issues around a field that is not yet taken enough into consideration in educational research, but pushed and supported by Frank Achtenhagen: VET research. He belongs to the founding fathers of it, and this is why precisely the book reflects new trends and new concepts with respect to the question “What can we, educational psychologists and educational researchers, learn from a rich and central research field.”
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