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Session Overview
Date: Thursday, 03/Feb/2022
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Keynote 2: Prof Dr Lorna Unwin
Location: Plenary Hall
Chair: Christian IMDORF

Re(valuing) VET as a route to expertise in disruptive times

In today’s highly varied world of work, where ‘intangible assets’ (ideas, brands, marketing, networks) and the use of digital technologies play an increasingly central and disruptive role, traditional boundaries between occupational fields and hierarchies are being breached. At the same time, faced with the pressures of daily life, many individuals are finding comfort and satisfaction in (re)learning and practising a craft as well as in buying handmade goods (for which, of course, there is a growing market). As such, VET navigates the shifting sands of change and continuity, of heritage and innovation, and of quality and the marketplace.

Yet, the bounded classifications that still determine to some extent the structure of VET systems, programmes and even pedagogies are rooted in a previous era when occupational categories were presumed to accurately describe the work people do, that young people were novices with nothing to teach their older colleagues, and that expertise was sliced up into clearly demarcated levels beyond which lay the rarified land of the ‘professions’. In this presentation, I will draw on ideas from Communication Studies and Cultural Sociology as well as from social theories of learning to explore how VET might grapple with a more fluid concept of expertise, one that acknowledges the different dynamic ways in which conceptions of its value are formulated beyond the confines of VET systems. I will argue that this could help VET address some of the challenges it faces through expanding the range of capabilities of its students and trainees and, as a result, addressing the demands from employers and politicians.

Paper Session 3A: Training conditions and learning processes
Location: Room 1
Chair: Filippo PUSTERLA

A Latent Transition Analysis Investigating the Stability, Predictors, and Outcomes of Resource Profiles during Apprenticeships

Fabienne LÜTHI, Barbara E. STALDER

How does COVID-19 affects learning of apprentices in the workplace training and classroom education?

Thomas Bolli, Katherine Caves, Filippo Pusterla, Ladina Rageth, Ursula Renold, Aranya Sritharan, Morlet Guillaume Maxence Augusti

Current working and production conditions in the Swiss bricklaying trade and their influence on in-company training conditions from the perspective of apprentices

Kerstin DUEMMLER, Alexandra Felder, Isabelle Caprani

Innovation in the School System

Christian SCHRACK

Paper Session 3B: Educational structures, transitions to higher education and into the labour market
Location: Room 2
Chair: Brigitte SCHELS

Opening the Black Box of Vocationally Oriented Schools in Germany: How do Organizational Structures and Pedagogical Practices Support Access to Higher Education?

Nadine Dörffer, Nadine Bernhard, Christian Imdorf

Better entry conditions. The effect of occupation-specific experience on transitions from higher vocational education and training to the labour market


Horizontal mobility of healthcare assistants and registered nurses in the Swiss healthcare system

Miriam Grønning, Miriam Hänni, Ines Trede

Paper Session 3C: International VET cooperation
Location: Room 3
Chair: Lorenzo BONOLI

Commercialization in international VET - products, pitfalls and potentials

Fabienne-Agnes BAUMANN

Transfer in International VET Cooperation: Perspectives of German VET Providers

Lisa MEYNE, Susanne PETERS

Enhanced impact through skills development - Opportunities for private sector investments in Africa

Ramon LEYENDECKER, Linda Helgesson Sekei


                                                                    At 12:30pm in Hyhyve:

                                                                    - Causes and secrets of the success of Swiss initial VET (at the lake)

                                                                    Hyhyve VET Congress platform

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Paper Session 4A: Demand for education and skills
Location: Room 1
Chair: Juerg SCHWERI

VET makes the difference: job polarization in the US and Germany


Does ICT Affect the Demand for Vocationally Educated Workers?


Updated education curricula and accelerated technology diffusion in the workplace: Micro-evidence on the race between education and technology

Tobias SCHULTHEISS, Uschi Backes-Gellner

On the extent of applicant discouragement after apprenticeship contract cancellations during the Covid-19 pandemic


Paper Session 4B: Organization and development of VET
Location: Room 2
Chair: Mona GRANATO

Can Narratives Explain Divergences in VET Policy? Evidence from Parliamentary Debates on Apprenticeships in Germany and England 1870-2019

Isabelle HUNING

Educational Expansion as Expansion of Vocational Education and Training

Stefan KESSLER, Thomas RUOSS

An analysis of the 2018 U.S. federal legislation on career and technical education and its impacts on policy and practice in vocational education and training in the United States

Christopher John ZIRKLE

Organizational Hindrances for Vocational Education and Training Research in Norwegian Higher Education

Eli Smeplass, Anna Cecilia Rapp

Paper Session 4C: Digital Learning
Location: Room 3
Chair: Alberto A. CATTANEO

Augmented reality and hypervideo perceived affordances in vocational education: A preliminary interview study


Evolutionary Clustering of Apprentices' Behavior in Online Learning Journals for Vocational Education

Paola MEJIA, Christian GIANG, Mirko MARRAS, Alberto CATTANEO, Tanja KÄSER

“Where Should I look at?”: Improving Visual Expertise in VET

Alessia Eletta COPPI, Alberto CATTANEO, Jean-Luc GURTNER

Poster Session 4D
Location: Room 4
Chair: Sonja ENGELAGE

The impact of technologization in the region on gendered occupational aspirations and career choices for STEM and health professions

Jonas Detemple, Katarina Weßling, Corinna Kleinert

Unintended Consequences: A Game-Theoretic Analysis of Companies’ Provision of Training

Maria Esther OSWALD-EGG, Katie CAVES

Vocational education vs the general education: For the same job "customer advisors in French and Mexican banks".


Identification of Relevant Indicators for Adaptive and Personalized Workplace Learning Environments

Yvonne Michelle HEMMLER, Dirk IFENTHALER

Identification of new qualifications and competences (NQCs) through systematic monitoring of VET-relevant indicators

Inga SCHAD-DANKWART, Thomas Felkl, Hannelore Mottweiler, Uwe Neugebauer, Gunther Spillner, Miriam von Kiedrowski

Keynote 3: Prof Dr Raija Hämäläinen
Location: Plenary Hall
Chair: Dominik PETKO

Digitalisation in a Rapidly Changing World: Multidisciplinary Methods and Technologies for Strengthening VET

The driving force for research in technology-enhanced learning is a rapidly changing world in which structural change is influencing the entire society and reshaping learning and professional development. The twenty-first century calls for novel, flexible skills and abilities in shared learning and working practices. Therefore, education and lifelong learning must aim not only to nurture the development of specific knowledge and professional competencies but also to support and teach productive learning processes. The preconditions for designing future VET efforts are the analysis and understanding of learning and interaction processes and their contextual adaptations. Specifically, in addition to understanding the effects of technology on learning and professional development, we need to understand how learning and interaction processes occur and unfold over time. Furthermore, the crucial question is how to operationalise our research-based knowledge to provide support for VET and professional development. In this talk, I will discuss the relationship between adults’ skills and their educational needs in these realms, based on large-scale assessment studies. From this perspective, and with empirical examples, I will further elaborate our research progress in learning and professional development, with examples from intervention studies aiming to target technology-enhanced learning as multilayered and situated phenomena and to provide tools for both researching and supporting learning and professional development. For example, I will consider how research can capture interaction processes (with novel methods; eye-tracking, heartrate variability and prosodic analysis of voice) and take the time variable into account to provide valuable insights into how to design, test and refine technologies and approaches for designing and supporting learning and professional development. Finally, the presentation will conclude with the theoretical and practical implications of methods and technologies for enhancing future VET.

Paper Session 5A: The role of different types of skills in the recruitment process
Location: Room 1
Chair: Miriam GRØNNING

Do Recruiters Select Workers with Different Personality Traits for Different Tasks? A Discrete Choice Experiment

Caroline WEHNER, Andries de Grip, Harald Pfeifer

How Do Employers Value Non-Formal University Credentials in Recruitment Processes?

Aranya SRITHARAN, Ladina Rageth, Ursula Renold

Education Preferences in Recruitment: What Affects Employers’ Preferences for Vocational versus General Education?


Income risks of vocational and academic tertiary education - More money, higher risks?


Paper Session 5B: Teacher skills
Location: Room 2
Chair: Marina FIORI

From a craftsman to a teacher: important competence for vocational teachers


Digital transformation in vocational education: What technology vocational teachers use and what digital competence they need?

Chiara Antonietti, Francesca Amenduni, Alberto Cattaneo

Computer or teacher; who predicts dropout best?

Irene Eegdeman, Chris van Klaveren, Martijn Meeter

Socio-emotional competences in vocational education and training: state of the art and guidelines for interventions

Matilde WENGER, Florinda SAULI, Marina FIORI

Symposium 3: Current transformation of the health care sector and related training needs
Location: Room 3
Chair: Patrizia SALZMANN

Discussant: Miriam PETERS


Nursing care for a very premature newborn: an embodied experience


Observed situations involving transmission of patient care information: A basis for promoting learning and development among nursing staff

Deli Salini, Patrizia Salzmann, Kezia Löffel, Stehpy-Mathew Moozhiyil, Sandro Perrini, Andrea Carla Volpe, Ines Trede, Thomas Bürkle, Lea Meier, François von Känel, Christopher Lueg, Jürgen Holm

Re Care: an action research to promote the resilience and work reintegration of nursing staff in long-term healthcare facilities

Deli Salini, Delia Cattani, Furio Bednarz, Paolo Barro, Siegfried Alberton

The Role of Organizational Training Strategies in Addressing the Shortage of Tertiary Healthcare Workers

Ines Trede, Belinda Aeschlimann

Symposium 4: The future of vocational training in the 1950s and 1970s
Location: Room 4
Chair: Lorenzo BONOLI
Chair: Philipp GONON

Discussant: Philipp GONON


Is the future in the past our present? The future of Swiss VET in the 1950s-1970s. The foundations of the current situation.

Lorenzo BONOLI, Philipp Gonon, Jackie Vorpe, Lena Freidorfer

Planning for the future of VET: the French way (1945-1975)

Antoine VERNET

Continuity and Reform in German VET 1950 to 1970


Virtual Aperitif

Social gathering in Hyhyve

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