The rise of work-based academic education in Austria, Germany and Switzerland

Item Type Journal paper
Abstract Austria, Germany and Switzerland are renowned for their extensive systems of collective vocational skill formation, which, however, have developed largely in separation from higher education. This divide has become increasingly contested as a result of a variety of socioeconomic factors that have led to an increasing demand for higher level skills. Do the three countries deal with these challenges in similar ways? The comparative analysis is based on process tracing from the 1960s to 2013 and builds on historical institutionalism as well as several dozen expert interviews with key stakeholders. A key finding is that all three countries have developed hybrid forms of work-based academic education that combine elements of vocational training and higher education. However, in Austria and Switzerland, these hybrids have been integrated into the traditional model of collective governance, whereas the German case signifies a departure from this model.
Authors Graf, Lukas
Journal or Publication Title Journal of Vocational Education and Training
Language English
Keywords Vocational education and training, higher education, gradual institutional change, layering, comparative VET, labour markets, Austria, Germany, Switzerland
Subjects political science
HSG Classification contribution to scientific community
Refereed Yes
Date 2016
Publisher Routledge
Place of Publication Abingdon, Oxfordshire
Volume 68
Number 1
Page Range 1-16
Number of Pages 16
ISSN 1363-6820
ISSN-Digital 1747-5090
Publisher DOI
Depositing User Dr. Lukas Graf
Date Deposited 12 Dec 2015 09:25
Last Modified 23 Aug 2016 11:22



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Graf, Lukas (2016) The rise of work-based academic education in Austria, Germany and Switzerland. Journal of Vocational Education and Training, 68 (1). 1-16. ISSN 1363-6820

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