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VET workers’ problem-solving skills in technology-rich environments: European approach

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Hämäläinen, Raija; Cincinnato, Sebastiano; Malin, Antero; De Wever, Bram

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Abstract The European workplace is challenging VET adults’ problem-solving skills in technology-rich environments (TREs). So far, no international large-scale assessment data has been available for VET. The PIAAC data comprise the most comprehensive source of information on adults’ skills to date. The present study (N=50 369) focuses on gaining insight into the problem-solving skills in TREs of adults with a VET background. When examining the similarities and differences in VET adults’ problem-solving skills in TREs across 11 European countries, two main trends can be observed. First, our results show that only a minority of VET adults perform at a high level. Second, there seems to be substantial variation between countries with respect to the proportion of VET adults that can be identified as “at-risk” or “weak” performers. For the future, our findings indicate the variations that can be used as a starting point to identify beneficial VET approaches.
Keywords vocational education; adult; adult education; coping; job; construction of indicators; indicator; occupation; qualification; Europe
Classification Occupational Research, Occupational Sociology
Free Keywords Adults with vocational education and training; Large-scale assessment; PIAAC; Technology-rich environments; Problem-solving; Workplace skills
Document language English
Publication Year 2014
Page/Pages p. 57-80
Journal International journal for research in vocational education and training, 1 (2014) 1
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.13152/IJRVET.1.1.4
ISSN 2197-8646
Status Published Version; peer reviewed
Licence Creative Commons - Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works