Higher Level Vocational Education: The Route to High Skills and Productivity as well as Greater Equity? An International Comparative Analysis

Ann-Marie Bathmaker, Lukas Graf, Kevin Orr, Justin Powell, Sue Webb, Leesa Wheelahan

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Abstract

This international comparative analysis of higher level vocational education examines developments across five countries: England, Germany, Australia, Canada, and the USA. The authors consider how current developments address two key policy concerns: an emphasis on high skills as a means of achieving economic competitiveness and raising productivity; and the promise of increasing access for students hitherto excluded from higher education. We address these questions in relation to specific country contexts, in order to highlight similarities and differences in developments within the European arena and in a wider global context. We locate our analyses in an understanding of the different political and socio-economic conditions within different countries, which render particular reforms and innovations both possible and realizable in one context, but almost unthinkable in another. We argue for the need to recognize and embrace diversity in provision, while using comparison across countries as a means of challenging taken-for-granted assumptions of how things are and what is possible within individual country contexts. Such comparative analysis is a prerequisite for answering questions of policy transfer and learning from others.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTrends in vocational education and training research
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the European Conference on Educational Research (ECER), Vocational Education and Training Network (VETNET) 2018
EditorsChristof Nägele, Barbara Stalder
PublisherCreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Pages53-60
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)1723598003 , 9781723598005
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Publication statusPublished - 4 Sep 2018
EventEuropean Conference on Educational Research (ECER): Vocational Education and Training Network (VETNET) 2018 - Free University Bolzano, Bolzano, Italy
Duration: 3 Sep 20187 Sep 2018
https://eera-ecer.de/previous-ecers/ecer-2018-bolzano/

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ConferenceEuropean Conference on Educational Research (ECER)
Abbreviated titleECER 2018
CountryItaly
CityBolzano
Period3/09/187/09/18
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Bathmaker, A-M., Graf, L., Orr, K., Powell, J., Webb, S., & Wheelahan, L. (2018). Higher Level Vocational Education: The Route to High Skills and Productivity as well as Greater Equity? An International Comparative Analysis. In C. Nägele, & B. Stalder (Eds.), Trends in vocational education and training research: Proceedings of the European Conference on Educational Research (ECER), Vocational Education and Training Network (VETNET) 2018 (pp. 53-60). CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.1319628