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Thematic quality assesment of learning at work within Higher Vocational Education

Författare och institution:
Per-Olof Thång (Institutionen för pedagogik och specialpedagogik); Kerstin Littke (Institutionen för pedagogik och specialpedagogik)
Publicerad i:
ESREA Network on Policy Studies in Adult Education. Konferens: Interrogating Sustainability in Adult Learning Policy: European and Global Perspectives. 18-20 June 2014. Aalborg University, Denmark.,
Konferensbidrag, övrigt
Sammanfattning (abstract):
Higher Vocational Education (HVE) was founded 2009, and is a fairly new element of the Swedish adult and higher education system. Compared to other forms of adult and higher education it is less institutionalized. One reason for this is that HVE is meant to be a flexible form of post-secondary vocational education to meet the needs of a highly skilled work force. This thematic quality assessment has two main purposes: (a) to analyse the quality of Learning in Working Life (LIA), and (b) to develop instruments and indicators to explore the quality of the student learning in working life as part of HVE. The construction of research instruments was driven by a hypothesis to uncover the background, the learning process and effect parameters. In total 42 students, and 36 supervisors were interviewed. In all, 12 higher vocational educations participated during the autumn 2013, in four education areas (health care, computer science, technology and business and administration). An important finding is the lack of definition of and criteria for quality, and there is a risk of substantial quality differences between the educational providers. A significant problem identified in the study is the unclear division of responsibilities between the educational providor and the partner from the world of work. Most of the supervisors, who were skilled workers or professionals, had a fragmentary understanding of the higher vocational education. They gave instructions, but did not stimulate their students to reflect theoretically on what they learned during LIA. The integration between the school-based learning and experience of working life was limited. There was a shortage of instruments to assess the quality of what was taught in the workplace. A large proportion (75 %) of the students got a job soon after graduation. For those who did not get employment there is a risk that their skills quickly will become obsolete.
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Keywords: vocational education, higher vocational education, learning in working life, postsecondary education and quality assessment.
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2015-10-07 14:08

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