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Knowledge, skills, competence: European divergences in vocational education and training (VET)—the English, German and Dutch cases

Brockmann, Michaela, Clarke, Linda and Winch, Christopher (2008) Knowledge, skills, competence: European divergences in vocational education and training (VET)—the English, German and Dutch cases Oxford Review of Education, 34, (5), pp. 547-567. (doi:10.1080/03054980701782098).

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Abstract

Policy debates on employability, lifelong learning and competence?based approaches suggest a convergence of VET approaches across European countries. Against the background of the creation of a European Qualifications Framework, this paper compares the VET systems of England, Germany and The Netherlands. The analysis reveals the distinct understandings and meanings of outwardly similar terms. These meanings are deeply rooted in the countries’ institutional structures and labour processes and still inform national debates and policies today. The paper identifies a major distinction between a ‘knowledge?based’ VET model in Germany and The Netherlands and a ‘skills?based’ model in England. There is a need to develop trans?national categories that take into account the social construction of terms such as ‘skills’ and ‘qualifications’.

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e-pub ahead of print date: 15 September 2008
Published date: October 2008
Organisations: Lifelong & Work-Related Learning

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Local EPrints ID: 343779
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/343779
ISSN: 0305-4985
PURE UUID: bb8796ad-5adb-4bb8-aac0-f2a1a6f475bc

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Date deposited: 09 Oct 2012 16:40
Last modified: 18 Jul 2017 05:20

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Author: Linda Clarke
Author: Christopher Winch

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