02 SES 01, VETNET Opening Session: Reflections on VET from Local and European Perspectives
VETNET during its inception time in the early 1990s was searching for an identity and acknowledgement of vocational education and training research in Europe. For that a professional VET research community was needed. Related to this the first VETNET programs were rather incoherent. There was a wide variety of themes which were included in the program, ranging from initial VET issues such as the NVQs in the UK to human resource development in organizations, and the research which was presented was dominated by reports of EU projects.
From a scientific point of view the conference presentations were not always embedded in theoretical frameworks nor were they based on elaborate data analysis methods. This has changed dramatically. Currently, the focus of VETNET is much more specifically on issues regarding vocational education research, including vocational teacher professional development, work-based learning, new apprenticeships and competence in VET.
There are many theoretical achievements made in these fields. More advanced research methods are being used. Furthermore, the scientific quality and reputation of VET research is much improved. To summarize the current state: much has been done, there is a vibrant community of VET research practice, with its own nascent scientific journal, but there still remains a lot to be done.
00. Central Events (Keynotes, EERA-Panel, EERJ Round Table, Invited Sessions)
Network 1. Continuing Professional Development: Learning for Individuals, Leaders, and Organisations
Network 2. Vocational Education and Training (VETNET)
Network 3. Curriculum Innovation
Network 4. Inclusive Education
Network 5. Children and Youth at Risk and Urban Education
Network 6. Open Learning: Media, Environments and Cultures
Network 7. Social Justice and Intercultural Education
Network 8. Research on Health Education
Network 9. Assessment, Evaluation, Testing and Measurement
Network 10. Teacher Education Research
Network 11. Educational Effectiveness and Quality Assurance
Network 12. LISnet - Library and Information Science Network
Network 13. Philosophy of Education
Network 14. Communities, Families and Schooling in Educational Research
Network 15. Research Partnerships in Education
Network 16. ICT in Education and Training
Network 17. Histories of Education
Network 18. Research in Sport Pedagogy
Network 19. Ethnography
Network 20. Research in Innovative Intercultural Learning Environments
Network 22. Research in Higher Education
Network 23. Policy Studies and Politics of Education
Network 24. Mathematics Education Research
Network 25. Research on Children's Rights in Education
Network 26. Educational Leadership
Network 27. Didactics – Learning and Teaching
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