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

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, Raija et al. VET workers’ problem-solving skills in technology-rich environments: European approach. International Journal for Research in Vocational Education and Training, [S.l.], v. 1, n. 1, p. 57-80, aug. 2014. ISSN 2197-8646. Available at: <http://www.ijrvet.net/index.php/IJRVET/article/view/18>. Date accessed: 13 dec. 2017. doi: https://doi.org/10.13152/IJRVET.1.1.4.
Section
Articles

Keywords

VET; Large-scale assessment; PIAAC; Technology-rich environments; Problem-solving; Workplace skills