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

  • Raija Hämäläinen University of Jyväskylä, Finnish Institute for Educational Research
  • Sebastiano Cincinnato Ghent University, Department of Educational Studies
  • Antero Malin University of Jyväskylä, Finnish Institute for Educational Research
  • Bram De Wever Ghent University, Department of Educational Studies
Keywords: VET, Large-scale assessment, PIAAC, Technology-rich environments, Problem-solving, Workplace skills

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. 
Published
2014-08-31
How to Cite
Hämäläinen, R., Cincinnato, S., Malin, A., & De Wever, B. (2014). VET workers’ problem-solving skills in technology-rich environments: European approach. International Journal for Research in Vocational Education and Training, 1(1), 57-80. https://doi.org/10.13152/IJRVET.1.1.4
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