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Journal of Vocational Education and Training

Deadline for abstracts: 31 August 2019

Special Issue

History of Vocational Education and Training

History of VET has again become an increasing focus of attention across a wide range of countries across Europe and beyond (see Berner and Gonon 2015, Michelsen et al. 2018).

At the same time, there is growing interest from policymakers to assess new developments in VET by trying to understand the dynamics and reform potentials in this field. Also, in the VET research community, a sense for institutional constraints and the issue how VET in its different shapes will display and survive in the future is a point of discussion and boosts research. In this regard it is utterly important to understand the cultural foundations and imprints of VET due to respective national historical developments.

This special issue aims to bring together different strands of research from a range of countries. On the one hand, they illuminate how specific VET systems have developed, while on the other questions of policy and governance both in the past and in the future are the shaping factors of VET and VET reform.

We invite papers that should seek to move our understanding of the culture and history of VET and help to support our forward thinking and understanding in the field both theoretically and/or empirically.

Contributions might address, but are not limited to, the following issues:

  • Evolution of national VET systems
  • Apprenticeship as model of the past and the future
  • Curriculum, knowledge and skills in VET in  a historical perspective
  • Theorizing history of vocational education
  • Convergent and divergent developments in the field of VET in different countries
  • The role of new pathways into and out of VET
  • History of transfer of VET models to other countries

Timeline for Submissions

31 August 2019: Deadline submission for 500 word abstracts             

30 September 2019: Decision about accepted papers 

1 April 2020: Deadline for submission of full papers (6,000-8,000words)  

January 2021: Publication date for Special Issue   

Submission Guidelines

Prospective contributors are invited to submit an expression of interest and extended abstract of up to 500 words by 31 August 2019 to Philipp Gonon.

The guest editors will contact all contributors and inform them of the outcome of their submission by 30 September 2019.

A selection of authors will be invited to submit a full paper with a deadline for submission of 1 April 2020.

It should be noted that an invitation to submit a full paper does not guarantee publication as all papers will be subject to the Journal’s peer referee process.

Submitted papers must follow the Journal guidelines for presentation, and submit through the Scholar One system.

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Philipp Gonon (University of Zurich, Switzerland) and Thomas Deissinger (University of Konstanz, Germany)

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