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    Being an economic-civic competent citizen: A technology-based assessment of commercial apprentices in Germany and Switzerland

    Citizens in modern democratic societies are confronted with complex demands, challenges, and economic problems, and they typically act as consumers, savers, voters, and employees. It is highly desirable for ci...

    Stephan Schumann, Esther Kaufmann, Franz Eberle, Andreas Jüttler and Nicole Ackermann

    Empirical Research in Vocational Education and Training 2017 9:13

    Published on: 21 June 2017

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    Guiding workplace learning in vocational education and training: a literature review

    This review provides an overview of the empirical research concerning guidance in the context of vocational education and training (VET). The study examines practices, providers and supporting and hindering fa...

    Susanna Mikkonen, Laura Pylväs, Heta Rintala, Petri Nokelainen and Liisa Postareff

    Empirical Research in Vocational Education and Training 2017 9:9

    Published on: 18 April 2017

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    Developing and validating a technology-based diagnostic assessment using the evidence-centered game design approach: an example of intrapreneurship competence

    Educational experts commonly agree that tailor-made guidance is the most efficient way to foster the learning and developmental process of learners. Diagnostic assessments using cognitive diagnostic models (CD...

    Sandra Bley

    Empirical Research in Vocational Education and Training 2017 9:6

    Published on: 14 March 2017

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    Vocational learning in a Swedish post-secondary apprenticeship

    In Sweden, some occupations require post-secondary apprenticeship, e.g. those who are to become construction workers, while some do not, e.g. those who are to become business and administration workers. Resear...

    Magnus Fjellström

    Empirical Research in Vocational Education and Training 2017 9:5

    Published on: 11 March 2017

  5. Research

    Test anxiety: perceptions of American community college nursing students

    Nowadays, there are common phenomena among college nursing students who reported increasingly test anxiety. The purpose of this phenomenological study was to increase understanding of American community colleg...

    Dongfang Liu and Bo Xu

    Empirical Research in Vocational Education and Training 2017 9:4

    Published on: 2 March 2017

  6. Research

    Supervisors and teachers’ influence on expectations on empowering leadership among students in vocational education and training

    Empowering leadership practise among leaders in the construction industry contributes to improve occupational safety, by stimulating participative safety behaviour among construction workers. Socialization int...

    Martin Grill, Anders Pousette, Kent Nielsen, Regine Grytnes and Marianne Törner

    Empirical Research in Vocational Education and Training 2017 9:2

    Published on: 2 February 2017

  7. Research

    Challenges of a cross-national computer-based test adaptation

    In an increasingly globalized world, the call for internationally comparable competence measurements has emerged. After several international studies on pre-college education, the focus has shifted to internat...

    Doreen Holtsch, Silja Rohr-Mentele, Eva Wenger, Franz Eberle and Richard J. Shavelson

    Empirical Research in Vocational Education and Training 2016 8:18

    Published on: 12 December 2016

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    Job opportunities and school-to-work transitions in occupational labour markets. Are occupational change and unskilled employment after vocational education interrelated?

    This study links TREE panel data surveying school-to-work transitions in Switzerland with unique job advertising data from the Swiss Job Market Monitor that mirrors individual job opportunities. We investigate...

    Helen Buchs and Laura Alexandra Helbling

    Empirical Research in Vocational Education and Training 2016 8:17

    Published on: 3 December 2016

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    Do they intend to stay? An empirical study of commercial apprentices’ motivation, satisfaction and intention to remain within the learned occupation

    Commercial apprenticeship is the most commonly chosen type of apprenticeship within vocational education training in Switzerland. Both the Swiss economy and the training companies themselves benefit when appre...

    Sarah Forster-Heinzer, Doreen Holtsch, Silja Rohr-Mentele and Franz Eberle

    Empirical Research in Vocational Education and Training 2016 8:16

    Published on: 29 November 2016

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    Occupational career patterns over 30 years: predictors and outcomes

    Investigating individuals’ sequences of occupations and identifying suitable patterns is a complex task. Most research focuses on single time-points, single jobs and single transitions and only few longitudina...

    Claudia Schellenberg, Annette Krauss, Achim Hättich and Kurt Häfeli

    Empirical Research in Vocational Education and Training 2016 8:15

    Published on: 25 November 2016

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    Development of mathematical competency in different German pre-vocational training programmes of the transition system

    Mathematical competency is central to life in modern society, and it is particularly important for many occupations and professions. In Germany, young people with insufficient mathematical skills experience si...

    Simon Weißeno, Susan Seeber, Janna Kosanke and Constanze Stange

    Empirical Research in Vocational Education and Training 2016 8:14

    Published on: 4 October 2016

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    Changes in the professionality of vocational teachers as viewed through the experiences of long-serving vocational teachers in Estonia

    Since the restoration of independence in Estonia in 1991, much has changed with regard to vocational education and training (VET). Radical social and economic developments took place in the early 1990s and in ...

    Meidi Sirk, Reeli Liivik and Krista Loogma

    Empirical Research in Vocational Education and Training 2016 8:13

    Published on: 26 September 2016

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    Emotional states during learning situations and students’ self-regulation: process-oriented analysis of person-situation interactions in the vocational classroom

    In reference to the interactionist paradigm, we analyse how students’ emotional states during class are affected by student’ self-regulation, by time-varying characteristics within learning situations, and by ...

    Tobias Kärner and Kristina Kögler

    Empirical Research in Vocational Education and Training 2016 8:12

    Published on: 26 September 2016

  14. Research

    Transitions into vocational education and training by lower and intermediate secondary school leavers. Can male adolescents compensate for their school-based educational disadvantage in comparison with female adolescents?

    This paper examines the transitions made by lower secondary school leavers and intermediate secondary school leavers into vocational education and training in Germany. With the basis that boys have long been u...

    Ursula Beicht and Günter Walden

    Empirical Research in Vocational Education and Training 2016 8:11

    Published on: 22 September 2016

  15. Research

    Occupation-specific social competences in vocational education and training (VET): the example of a technology-based assessment

    The difficulties regarding the definition and measurement of social competences, crucial to the research in vocational education and training, are well known. In this paper, we show, based on the example of me...

    Moana Monnier, Tanja Tschöpe, Christian Srbeny and Agnes Dietzen

    Empirical Research in Vocational Education and Training 2016 8:10

    Published on: 22 August 2016

  16. Research

    Reliability and validity of a computer-based assessment of cognitive and non-cognitive facets of problem-solving competence in the business domain

    To measure higher-order outcomes of vocational education and training (VET) we developed a computer-based assessment of domain-specific problem-solving competence. In modeling problem-solving competence, we di...

    Andreas Rausch, Jürgen Seifried, Eveline Wuttke, Kristina Kögler and Steffen Brandt

    Empirical Research in Vocational Education and Training 2016 8:9

    Published on: 19 July 2016

  17. Research

    A multidimensional structure of domain-specific problem-solving competencies of electronics technicians for automation technology

    The ASCOT research initiative funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research had the objective to measure vocational competencies in high-quality jobs. To adequately assess these it is important to o...

    Felix Walker, Nico Link and Reinhold Nickolaus

    Empirical Research in Vocational Education and Training 2016 8:7

    Published on: 7 July 2016

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