Conference Agenda

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Session Overview
Date: Friday, 04/Feb/2022
8:45am - 9:00amOpening of the Help Desk
Location: Help Desk Room

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9:00am - 10:00amKeynote 4: Prof Dr Lukas Graf
Location: Plenary Hall
Session Chair: Peter SCHLÖGL

Vocational Education and Training in the Knowledge Economy: Comparing Pathways of Change in Switzerland and Germany

Vocational education and training (VET) systems are challenged by the rise of the knowledge and service economy, related changes in production models and workplaces, and, more generally, the growing popularity of academic forms of education. Moreover, European educational policies call for a greater permeability between VET and higher education. This is especially challenging for countries in which VET and higher education traditionally display a relatively strong institutional separation. However, achieving structural reforms in VET systems is demanding. This applies in particular to collectively governed dual-apprenticeship training that has its base in the industrial and crafts sectors of the economy and builds on a long-standing tradition of decentralised cooperation of multiple public and private stakeholders. As a result, it tends to be path-dependent, which favours gradual over radical forms of change. In view of the rise of the knowledge and service economy and the growing popularity of academic forms of education, this keynote analyses policy responses in Switzerland and Germany. How do these systems react to the challenges related to the rise of the knowledge and service economy? The historical institutionalist analysis finds that in adjusting collective skill formation to the knowledge economy, distinct pathways of gradual change are evolving in otherwise relatively similar systems. The dominant pattern of change tends to be the reinterpretation of institutions (conversion) in Switzerland but the addition of new institutions on top of old ones (layering) in Germany, with different implications for the future viability of collective skill formation. The comparison also shows that Switzerland features a more consensual approach to reform. The analysis indicates that country size – both in terms of geography and population – is a key factor underlying the type of change observed, contributing to the discussion of general scope conditions for educational policy reform. The presentation concludes with a reflection on the broader relevance and practical implications of these findings.

10:00am - 10:30amCoffee-Break
10:30am - 12:00pmPaper Session 6A: Mobility and school-to-work transitions
Location: Room 1
Session Chair: Daniela ROHRBACH-SCHMIDT
10:30am - 12:00pmPaper Session 6B: Workplace learning
Location: Room 2
Session Chair: Marina FIORI
10:30am - 12:00pmPaper Session 6C: Future skills and competences
Location: Room 3
Session Chair: Antje BARABASCH
10:30am - 12:00pmPaper Session 6D: International VET systems
Location: Room 4
Session Chair: Lorenzo BONOLI
12:00pm - 1:00pmLunch

                                                                    At 12:30pm in Hyhyve:

                                                                    - Meet researchers on digital learning in room 2 at the smoothy bar
                                                                    - Meet SFUVET’s international affairs unit at the lake

                                                                    Hyhyve VET Congress olatform

                                                                    For more information on Hyhyve, please visit the VET Congress website.

1:00pm - 1:40pmBest Paper Award
Location: Plenary Hall
1:45pm - 3:15pmPaper Session 7A: Returns to education
Location: Room 1
Session Chair: Filippo PUSTERLA
1:45pm - 3:15pmPaper Session 7B: Digitalisation and School
Location: Room 2
Session Chair: Alberto A. CATTANEO
1:45pm - 3:15pmSymposium 5: New Learning Cultures
Location: Room 3
Session Chair: Antje BARABASCH

Discussant: Patric RAEMY

Learning cultures are industry and even enterprise specific and can therefore also be viewed as ecosystems. In a learning ecosystem there is a dynamic interaction between the individual actors (apprentices, teachers, mentors, managers) and the various environments in which learning takes place (vocational school, inter-company courses, workplace, community-based and informal learning settings, virtual spaces) as well as the culture in which they are embedded (business-, school-, digital-, society culture etc.). Since economic changes and in particular digitalization in all researched industries have a major impact on the ways in which learning is conducted and competences are acquired, enterprises have the need to understand how they can facilitate apprenticeships within their premises.

The symposium comprises three presentations based on case studies in Swiss enterprises concerned with new learning cultures in apprenticeship training and a collaborating group in Germany, concerned with success factors for apprenticeships. The case studies focus on different aspects of innovative learning cultures: 1) role understanding and coping strategies of workplace trainers in the retail industry, 2) digital transformation within different learning ecosystems, 3) coaching as an approach to support learners in their competence development, and 4) the effect of self-assessment of transferable competences on subjective apprenticeship success. While the first three studies are based on semi-structured interviews, focus groups and observations and their qualitative analysis, the last presentation is based on a survey, linear regression and a stepwise model construction to show differences between the effects of the assessment of social and methodological competences. What all four studies and the researchers have in common is the role of competence development within apprenticeship training, the interest in the role of culture within all of that and a focus on workplace training.

3:20pm - 3:30pmFarewell
Location: Plenary Hall