Conference Agenda

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PRELIMINARY Session Overview
Date: Wednesday, 02/Feb/2022
9:30am
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11:00am
Registration
Location: Piazza
11:00am
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11:15am
Welcome & Opening
Location: Aula
11:15am
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12:15pm
Keynote 1: Prof Dr Stefan C. Wolter
Location: Aula

Tradition alone will probably not get us further

Looking back at two decades of research on the economics of VET/PET, we have gained some insights into the functioning of the VET market, the behavior of firms, learners, and the state. Some of these insights will also help us to ensure the functioning of the VET/PET system in the coming years, when technical and economic structural change (keyword digitalization) and socio-political changes will continue to challenge the system. However, the keynote talk will not only take stock of these findings but will also take the opportunity to address those questions to which we have either not yet found a satisfactory answer or those that will only arise in the future, and we are not sure whether the "old" instruments will also help us to solve new problems. These include, for example, the questions of how to reduce cultural resistance to vocational education and training, why certain systems are extremely susceptible to economic cycles and shocks and others are not, how to maintain the willingness of companies to train when real activities shift to the areas of competence of tertiary education, or how the interaction of general education and vocational education and training is to be designed so that the latter does not run the risk of falling into a negative spiral. One thing is certain: relying on the fact that the Swiss system has always mastered previous crises because it is built on a long tradition will not provide sufficient guarantee that it will also master all future crises. However, this opens up new perspectives for a forward-looking research agenda, which dynamic VET research would have to tackle already today.

12:15pm
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1:15pm
Lunch
Location: Piazza
1:15pm
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2:45pm
Paper Session 1A: Educational and occupational choice
Location: Aula
 

Student engagement in relation to educational choice at upper secondary school: Longitudinal approach

Kristjana Stella BLÖNDAL, Elsa EIRÍKSDÓTTIR



Too young to choose -- does pupils' age shape their track choice after compulsory schooling?

Manuel AEPLI, Jürg Schweri



Does School Ethnic Diversity affect Occupational Choices?

Damiano PREGALDINI, Simone BALESTRA, Uschi BACKES-GELLNER



New information, new interests? The effect of an occupation finder for dual vocational education and training on students' occupational choice

Maria Esther OSWALD-EGG

Paper Session 1B: Teaching and learning
Location: Room 214
 

What obstacles can be identified when programming a programmable logic controller?

Nico Link, Hannes Helmut Nepper, Bernd Geißel



Analyzing guided inquiry with interactive simulations in VET: a study across school years with chemistry laboratory technician apprentices

Christian GIANG, Jade COCK, David RESIN, Carmen POPA, Peter BÜHLMANN, Mirko MARRAS, Tanja KÄSER



Integration of General Subjects into VET Teaching in Germany

Andreas SANITER, Irina Pavlovic, Nils Weinowski



From Practice to Theory and Back Again: Experiences of VET Students in the Tension Between Vocational and Scientific Learning Processes

Mario VÖTSCH

Symposium 1: Policy transfer I
Location: Room 117
Chair: Antje BARABASCH, EHB
Chair: Sandra BOHLINGER, Technische Universität Dresden

Discussant: Stefan WOLF, Technische Universität Dresden

 

SY Reconstructing policy transfer in adult and vocational education and training

Antje BARABASCH, Sandra Bohlinger, Stefan Wolf



Conditions for Cross-border Policy Transfer and Cooperation: Analysing Differences between Vocational Training and Higher Education

Lukas GRAF, Anna Prisca LOHSE



Enhancing social and economic inclusion of young adults through VET and work-related learning: facilitating integration through policy learning

Natasha KERSH, Andrea Laczik



The role of the vocational schools in the transfer of dual apprenticeship: the hidden driving forces

Junmin LI

2:45pm
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3:15pm
Coffee-Break
Location: Piazza
3:15pm
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4:45pm
Paper Session 2A: Higher vocational education
Location: Aula
 

Higher Vocational Education in Germany and Canada – a comparison of Hybrid Qualifications

Hanna HEININGER



Colleges of Higher Education in Transition. Perceptions of and Reactions to Changes in the Swiss Education System and the Trends towards Tertiarisation, Internationalisation and Academisation

Caroline Madeleine SUTER



Motives for or against the implementation of the recognition of prior learning from a professional education institution’s perspective

Patrizia Salzmann, Christine Hämmerli, Carmen Baumeler, Sonja Engelage, Amélie Deschenaux

Paper Session 2B: Training conditions and success
Location: Room 214
 

When do compromises in occupational choice threaten the stability of vocational education and training? The interplay of occupational interests with gender type and prestige

Corinna KLEINERT, Lea AHRENS, Melanie FISCHER, Brigitte SCHELS



The task structure of adolescents’ occupational aspirations

Dominik BECKER, Daniela ROHRBACH-SCHMIDT



The cognitive requirement level of training occupations in Germany

Anett FRIEDRICH, Daniela Rohrbach-Schmidt

Symposium 2: Policy transfer II
Location: Room 117
Chair: Antje BARABASCH, EHB
Chair: Sandra BOHLINGER, Technische Universität Dresden

Discussant: Stefan WOLF, Technische Universität Dresden

 

Governance for international cooperation in vocational education in the francophone microcosm

Isabelle LE MOUILLOUR



The diffusion of ‘recognition of prior learning’ (RPL) instruments through development cooperation

Markus MAURER



The Continuity and Transfer of Vocational Education and Training Policy in China

Wolfgang MEYER, Shan ZHU



Strategic Partnerships in International Business Models of German VET providers

Gunnar KAßBERG

6:00pm
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7:30pm
Social Programme: Art Museum Tour

Kunstmuseum Bern

Meret Oppenheim. My Exhibition

Hodlerstrasse 8-12

CH-3011 Bern

Date: Thursday, 03/Feb/2022
8:30am
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9:00am
Registration
Location: Piazza
9:00am
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10:00am
Keynote 2: Prof Dr Lorna Unwin
Location: Aula

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.

10:00am
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10:30am
Coffee-Break
Location: Piazza
10:30am
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12:00pm
Paper Session 3A: Training conditions and learning processes
Location: Aula
 

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



Knowing, acting, developing: curricular orientations and competence concepts along the curricula revisions of Switzerland’s commercial VET

Nicole Ackermann



Innovation in the School System

Christian SCHRACK

Paper Session 3B: Organization and development of VET
Location: Room 117
 

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 3C: International VET cooperation
Location: Room 214
 

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

 
12:00pm
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1:00pm
Lunch
Location: Piazza
1:00pm
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2:30pm
Paper Session 4A: Demand for education and skills
Location: Aula
 

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

Gina GLOCK



Does ICT Affect the Demand for Vocationally Educated Workers?

Filippo PUSTERLA, Ursula RENOLD



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

Caroline NEUBER-POHL

Paper Session 4B: Educational structures, transitions to higher education and into the labour market
Location: Room 117
 

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



"The potential of full-time vocational schools in the shadow of company-based VET and baccalaureate schools"

Raffaella Simona ESPOSITO



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

Miriam HÄNNI, Miriam GRØNNING, Ines TREDE



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

Miriam Grønning, Miriam Hänni, Ines Trede

Paper Session 4C: Digital Learning
Location: Room 214
 

Moving from Fragmented to Seamless Sense-making in Blended Learning

Xiao Fang BI



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

Vito CANDIDO, Francesca AMENDUNI, Alberto CATTANEO



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

 
2:30pm
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3:00pm
Coffee-Break
Location: Piazza
3:00pm
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4:00pm
Keynote 3: Prof Dr Raija Hämäläinen
Location: Aula

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.

4:05pm
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5:35pm
Paper Session 5A: The role of different types of skills in the recruitment process
Location: Aula
 

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?

Ladina RAGETH, Aranya SRITHARAN



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

Theresa MICHLBAUER

Paper Session 5B: Teacher skills
Location: Room 211
 

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

Sofia ANTERA



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 117
Chair: Patrizia SALZMANN, Eidgenössische Hochschule für Berufsbildung EHB

Discussant: Miriam PETERS, Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training BIBB

 

Nursing care for a very premature newborn: an embodied experience

Anne-Marie BARAER-MOTTAZ



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 214
Chair: Lorenzo BONOLI, Hefp

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"

Thomas DEISSINGER

7:15pm
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10:00pm
Congress Dinner

Altes Tramdepot
Grosser Muristalden 6
CH-3006 Bern

(in the heart of Bern next to the Bear Pit)

Date: Friday, 04/Feb/2022
8:30am
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9:00am
Registration
Location: Piazza
9:00am
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10:00am
Keynote 4: Prof Dr Lukas Graf
Location: Aula

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
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10:30am
Coffee-Break
Location: Piazza
10:30am
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12:00pm
Paper Session 6A: Mobility and school-to-work transitions
Location: Aula
 

Changes in the Returns to Education at Entry into the Labour Market in West Germany

Rolf BECKER, Hans-Peter BLOSSFELD



Improved Prospects for a Smooth School-to-Work Transition? Transition Patterns and Turbulence of Disadvantaged School Leavers in Germany in Times of Increasing Demand for Trainees

Brigitte SCHELS, Juliane ACHATZ



The effect of training firm conditions on educational success

Pontus af Burén, Jürg Schweri



Educational homogamy as a socio-institutional influencing factor of VET in the pandemic and post-pandemic time (based on results of international comparative analysis)

Roman SMIRNOV

Paper Session 6B: Workplace learning
Location: Room 117
 

A multinational study on training approaches and digital technologies adopted by the companies in disruptive changes

Francesca Amenduni, Alberto Cattaneo, Essi Ryymin, Heta Rintala, Katja Maetoloa, Paolo Nardi, Elena Soldini, Peter Gruenheid



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



Bricklaying and automation technology apprentices in Switzerland: restrictive and expansive participation in companies and vocational identity

Alexandra FELDER, Kerstin Duemmler, Isabelle Caprani



Twofold Dual: the evaluation of an experiment in flexibilization of Dutch Basic Police education

Haske VAN VLOKHOVEN, Loek NIEUWENHUIS, Edwin BUIJS

Paper Session 6C: Future skills and competences
Location: Room 214
 

Is the dual vet System on the scrap heap?

Tanja MANSFELD



Reframing VET by strengthening competence for diversity. Findings from a comparative analysis Germany and Switzerland

Silvia POOL MAAG, Susanne MIESERA



Critical Thinking and Problem Solving in Computing and Hospitality – Findings from an Explorative Access.

Lena Susanne FREIDORFER-KABASHI, Katrin KRAUS



Conceptualizations of Creativity in VET

Silke Fischer, Antje Barabasch

Paper Session 6D: International VET systems
Location: Room 211
 

Evolutionary trajectories of dual systems in Europe: the risk of reproducing inequalities

Sandra D'AGOSTINO, Silvia Vaccaro



How does Vocational Education and Training in Norway ensure a sustainable system to meet social inequality among students?

Anna Cecilia RAPP, Eli Smeplass



Engaging SMEs in VET governance in developing economies: Particularised trust and local social networks

Linda Maria WANKLIN



Vocational Training Pathways in Spain: the paradox of catching up dropouts

Rafael MERINO

12:00pm
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1:15pm
Lunch & Poster Presentations
Location: Piazza
1:15pm
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1:45pm
Best Paper Award
Location: Aula
1:50pm
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3:20pm
Paper Session 7A: Returns to education
Location: Aula
 

IT Skills, Occupation Specificity and Job Separations

Christian EGGENBERGER, Uschi Backes-Gellner



Do wage scarring effects depend on the type of workers’ skills?

Miriam Grønning, Irene Kriesi, Stefan Sacchi



How IT progress affects specialization and social skills in the labor market

Fabienne KIENER, Christian Eggenberger, Uschi Backes-Gellner



The impact of a missing school graduation cohort on hiring trainees and training wages

Matthias Dorner, Katja GÖRLITZ

Paper Session 7B: Digitalisation and School
Location: Room 214
 

Digitized Organizational Development at Vocational Schools - Strengthening for the Future in Interaction between Multidimensional Actors

Monique RATERMANN-BUSSE



Same, but different? Perspectives of School Management and Teachers on Digital Transformation in Vocational Schools in Switzerland

Andreas HARDER, Martina RAUSEO, Deborah GLASSEY-PREVIDOLI, Alberto CATTANEO, Stephan SCHUMANN, Serge IMBODEN, Chiara ANTONIETTI, Francesca AMENDUNI



Fostering vocational action competences through digital scenario-based learning environments: an exploratory study with pharmacy assistant apprentices

Christian GIANG, Charles David SASPORTES, Peter BÜHLMANN, Hareem RAZA, Lucas RAMIREZ, Mirko MARRAS, Tanja KÄSER



Social Media in Vocational Education and Training Research – Insights from a Media Ethnography

Laura Getz, Hubert Ertl

Symposium 5: New Learning Cultures
Location: Room 117
Chair: Antje BARABASCH, EHB

Discussant: Patric RAEMY, Swiss Federal University for Vocational Education and Training SFUVET

 

SY Negotiating New Professional Roles in Retail’s Workplace Training. Applying the Negotiative Theory of Roles to a VET Context.

Patric RAEMY, Antje Barabasch



“SY”How does digitalization influence the learning ecosystems within two pharmaceutical training providers?

Gaby Walker, Antje Barabasch



SY Coaching in vocational education and training: Results of a case study and their implications

Anna KELLER, Antje BARABASCH



SY: Transferable Competences as a Success Factor in Apprenticeship

Silke SEYFFER, Melanie HOCHMUTH, Alina GESSLER, Angela Ulrich

 
3:25pm
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3:55pm
Farewell
Location: Aula

 
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