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Vocationalism in Mass Higher Education

International Perspectives on the Challenges of the Labour Market and the Workplace

Johnson, David, Maclean, Rupert, Pavlova, Margarita (Eds.)

2015, Approx. 200 p. 15 illus.

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  • About this book

  • First comprehensive study on the policy shifts towards vocational content in higher education
  • Documents new forms of knowledge-producing partnerships between academia and the labour market
  • Outlines implications and challenges of the globalised knowledge economy for mass higher education​
This book addresses the complex issue of the growing need for vocational content to increase the employability of the graduates in the context of mass higher education. Today, in a rapidly changing and globalising economy, accompanied by a fast rise in new information technologies, there are increasing pressures on higher education systems all over the world to rethink knowledge production and learning. The last ten years or so have seen many efforts to reorganise universities and to realign the missions of mass expansion and ‘new’ vocationalism to meet the demands of the so-called globalised knowledge society. In some cases, major organisational and epistemological shifts in the forms of knowledge production and learning have occurred which have enormous implications for defining the role and mission of the university in modern day society and more important, new challenges for forging knowledge producing partnerships between the academy and industry in a climate of increasing marketisation of higher education. This comprehensive study documents the policy shifts towards more vocational content in mass higher education and the associated implications and challenges of new forms of knowledge production, and new forms of knowledge-producing partnerships between higher education and the labour market. It examines  both the academic sector and the labour sector and presents innovative approaches and illustrative examples for those institutional and national decision-makers considering introducing or widening the vocational orientation of their study programmes.​

Content Level » Research

Keywords » academy industry partnerships - globalised knowledge society - knowledge economy - marketisation of higher education - mass higher education - vocationalism

Related subjects » Higher Education - Professional & Vocational Education

Table of contents 

 Foreword: Qian Tang “Workers as Learners/Learners as Workers: Why the Knowledge Society needs a Thinking Work Force and how to get there.- Introduction: Vocational and Higher Education: some reasons why they should be considered together. Rupert Maclean, David Johnson and Margarita Pavlova.- Section 1: Vocational Content in Mass Higher Education: International perspectives and policy trends.- David Johnson: The knowledge economy and the ‘new’ vocationalism: international and national challenges for mass higher education.- 2. Georg Hanf: EU Policy Developments in HE and VET – the merging of the two worlds.- 3. Roger Goodman, Dr. Terri Kim, Dr. Sachi Hatakenaka: The Changing Status of Vocational Higher Education in Contemporary Japan and South Korea.- 4. Margarita Pavlova: Technology Education: Threats or Opportunities for university - technical and further education (TAFE) collaboration in Australia.- 5. Munther W. Masri: Vocational Content in Mass Higher Education: The Arab States Perspective.- 6. John Simiyu: Vocational Content in Mass Higher Education. Responses to the Challenges of the Labour Market and the Workplace: A Case for Kenya.- 7. Gavin Moodie: Relations between TVET and Higher Education Sectors.- Section 2: Responding to rapidly changing labour markets through new forms of knowledge production: Organisational and epistemological shifts in higher education.- 8. Madlen Serban: Dialogues between Vocational Education and Training and Higher Education.- 9. Felix Rauner: Vocationalism in Higher Education: a reflex on the stigmatisation of VET.- 10. Michael Hölscher: Vocational programmes in German Higher Education and their Role for the Economy, Some Thoughts in European Comparative Perspective.- Section 3: Knowledge producing partnerships and collaborative ventures between the academy and industry.- 11. Peter Schulte: Changes of the Labour Market and the Consequences for Vocational Training in Universities.- 12. Elena Gheorghiu, Black Sea University Foundation, Bucharest, Romania: The Double Helix of Learning and Work.- 13. Man-Gon Park: Building Human Resource Highways through Vocational Training.- Section 4: Conclusion and the way ahead.- 14. David Johnson, Rupert Maclean: Policy and research imperatives and a programme of action.

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