"Making schools practical"

Thomas Deissinger
2007 Education + Training  
Pm'pose --To provide information and insight into the potential of reforms in full-time vocational education and training (VET) (practice finns in vocational colleges) in contrast with apprenticeships against the background of training market frictions in Germany. Design/methodology/approach --Structural information on the German VET system; empirical study (2006) within a research project to illustrate the didactic-e1.1 and social benefits of practice finns. Findings -Underlines that
more » ... ines that vocational colleges and practice firms within them are part of a "preparatory" system which predominantly serves further education needs and the follow-up intention to undertake an apprenticeship; confirms preceding research which put them in line \vith tbe "typical" full-time VET system. Research implicationsllilllitations .-Limitations are due to the focus on one type of full-lime VET and the specific conditions in the federal state of Bac1en-Wlirttcmberg. Practical implications --Provides useful information to understand the nature of VET in a given countyy; insight into the limitations of full-time VET can help teachers to rethink co-operation· with companies in general. Originality/value -Useful contribution to rethinking VET policy and to understanding limitations in the wake of an implementation of new forms of vocational learning against the baclq:,rround of culturally-rooted tTadlions.
doi:10.1108/00400910710762931 fatcat:dqrzhn7pbja45gzwszq3e3rxje