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  1. This article aims to explore the moral ideas and experiences that students at Dutch universities of applied sciences (UAS) have of being a professional with an ‘ethical compass.’ Semi-structured interviews wer...

    Authors: Lieke H. Van Stekelenburg, Chris Smerecnik, Wouter Sanderse and Doret J. De Ruyter

    Citation: Empirical Research in Vocational Education and Training 2020 12:11

    Content type: Research

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  2. Despite the ongoing debate about how much academic versus vocational upper-secondary education is favorable for a country and large differences across countries of those two types of education exist, the inter...

    Authors: Katharina Jaik

    Citation: Empirical Research in Vocational Education and Training 2020 12:10

    Content type: Research

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  3. Unrealistic expectations with regard to one’s study program has been linked to negative consequences for future academic success. Previous studies that have shown this are often retrospective, however, and foc...

    Authors: Irene Eegdeman, Chris van Klaveren and Martijn Meeter

    Citation: Empirical Research in Vocational Education and Training 2020 12:9

    Content type: Research

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  4. A firm’s expectation about the future business cycle is an important determinant of the decision to train apprentices, especially as German firms typically offer apprenticeships to either fill future skilled w...

    Authors: Samuel Muehlemann, Harald Pfeifer and Bernhard H. Wittek

    Citation: Empirical Research in Vocational Education and Training 2020 12:8

    Content type: Research

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  5. Many school-age pupils are undecided about their future vocation. This often stems from a lack of occupational information or lack of vocationally related experience. The goal of this study was to develop and ...

    Authors: Marcel Martončik, Jaroslava Babjáková, Lena Čupková, Natália Köverová and Monika Kačmárová

    Citation: Empirical Research in Vocational Education and Training 2020 12:7

    Content type: Research

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  6. This paper investigates the effectiveness of a small experimental pilot addressed to foreign adolescents with low language skills and high dropout risk in lower secondary school in Turin, North-West Italy. The...

    Authors: Valentina Lamonica, Elena Ragazzi and Lisa Sella

    Citation: Empirical Research in Vocational Education and Training 2020 12:6

    Content type: Research

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  7. Digital skills are thought to be a key competence of the twenty-first century. With the rapid growth of internet and communication tool (ICT) usage among both students and teachers, cooperative (co-op) educati...

    Authors: Steffen Wild and Lydia Schulze Heuling

    Citation: Empirical Research in Vocational Education and Training 2020 12:5

    Content type: Research

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  8. In the German system of dual vocational training, in which companies recruit apprentices, graduates from low-level secondary schools (Hauptschule), and particularly those from immigrant families, are at a signifi...

    Authors: Janina Söhn

    Citation: Empirical Research in Vocational Education and Training 2020 12:4

    Content type: Research

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  9. Technical and vocational education and training (TVET) plays a critical role in developing essential labor market skills. In Saudi Arabia, participation in TVET has traditionally been stigmatized in favor of w...

    Authors: Abdulaziz Salem Aldossari

    Citation: Empirical Research in Vocational Education and Training 2020 12:3

    Content type: Research

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  10. Liberalization pressures challenge countries to adapt their training systems. This is particularly relevant for coordinated market economies with firm-driven but collectively governed apprenticeship systems. R...

    Authors: Gina Di Maio, Lukas Graf and Anna Wilson

    Citation: Empirical Research in Vocational Education and Training 2020 12:2

    Content type: Research

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  11. Financial literacy (or financial competence) has become an internationally relevant and highly regarded topic. Since people often lack sufficient financial competence, in many countries efforts have been made ...

    Authors: Bärbel Fürstenau and Mandy Hommel

    Citation: Empirical Research in Vocational Education and Training 2019 11:10

    Content type: Research

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  12. Goal structures represent classroom characteristics that are supportive of students’ motivation. However, goal structures and their relations with students’ motivation have not yet been investigated in the con...

    Authors: Lisa Bardach, Vera Popper, Elke Hochfellner and Marko Lüftenegger

    Citation: Empirical Research in Vocational Education and Training 2019 11:9

    Content type: Research

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  13. This paper investigates attitudes towards vocational education and training (VET) using Eurobarometer data supplemented by OECD TALIS data. Attitudes are measured in two different ways. First, by a general mea...

    Authors: Giovanni Russo, Marco Serafini and Antonio Ranieri

    Citation: Empirical Research in Vocational Education and Training 2019 11:7

    Content type: Research

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  14. This paper investigates to what extent self-rated job-specific and generic skills and different types of educational signals are positively related to the labor market integration process of Dutch graduates, 1...

    Authors: Ardita Muja, Lieselotte Blommaert, Maurice Gesthuizen and Maarten H. J. Wolbers

    Citation: Empirical Research in Vocational Education and Training 2019 11:6

    Content type: Research

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  15. As yet, despite ongoing gaps in educational and career achievement, earning potential, and other psychosocial risks that perpetuate marginalization among certain populations globally, elements of effective car...

    Authors: Sylvia Nassar, Aisha Al-Qimlass, Nurten Karacan-Ozdemir and Lynn Z. Tovar

    Citation: Empirical Research in Vocational Education and Training 2019 11:5

    Content type: Research

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  16. Human capital theory and the life-course perspective are used to investigate how economic modernisation, as well as developments in the labour market after the West German “economic miracle”, impacted employer...

    Authors: Rolf Becker

    Citation: Empirical Research in Vocational Education and Training 2019 11:4

    Content type: Research

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  17. India is at the cusp of a population change and is currently undergoing the phase of ‘demographic dividend.’ This has thrown a challenge towards the policymakers to ensure that there are enough employment oppo...

    Authors: Rishi Kumar, Shravanth Mandava and Venkata Sandeep Gopanapalli

    Citation: Empirical Research in Vocational Education and Training 2019 11:3

    Content type: Research

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  18. In Germany, general secondary education offers few opportunities for young adults to acquire knowledge and understanding of personal finance. Hence, apart from parents’ influence as role models, important infl...

    Authors: Manuel Förster, Roland Happ and W. B. Walstad

    Citation: Empirical Research in Vocational Education and Training 2019 11:2

    Content type: Research

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  19. This study focused upon a curriculum for at-risk students in vocational education aimed at enhancing students’ motivation and engagement for learning. The study explored teachers’ view on effective curricular...

    Authors: G. M. Fix, H. T. M. Ritzen, J. M. Pieters and W. A. J. M. Kuiper

    Citation: Empirical Research in Vocational Education and Training 2019 11:1

    Content type: Research

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  20. Hospitality personnel are often prepared through vocational education and training (VET) and higher education (HE) providers, taking different emphases. In Vietnam’s hospitality workplaces, HE graduates compet...

    Authors: Anh Hai Le, Helen Klieve and Christine V. McDonald

    Citation: Empirical Research in Vocational Education and Training 2018 10:14

    Content type: Research

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  21. While several studies show that examinees’ test motivation biases their results in low-stakes tests, studies that investigate the predictors of motivation when taking low-stakes tests are rare. Moreover, little e...

    Authors: Christoph Helm and Julia Warwas

    Citation: Empirical Research in Vocational Education and Training 2018 10:13

    Content type: Research

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  22. Assessing individuals’ financial literacy levels is currently widely recognized as being necessary to design effective financial education programs and also to evaluate their actual impact. To address the lack...

    Authors: Paola Bongini, Paola Iannello, Emanuela E. Rinaldi, Mariangela Zenga and Alessandro Antonietti

    Citation: Empirical Research in Vocational Education and Training 2018 10:12

    Content type: Research

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  23. Designing effective educational programs to reduce dropout in higher and vocational education requires thorough understanding of the underlying mechanisms of study success. This study examines if first-year dr...

    Authors: Irene Eegdeman, Martijn Meeter and Chris Van Klaveren

    Citation: Empirical Research in Vocational Education and Training 2018 10:11

    Content type: Research

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  24. In this study, the correlation between test motivation and performance on an economic knowledge test was investigated. To this end, the economic knowledge of 1018 students in vocational schools in Germany was ...

    Authors: Roland Happ and Manuel Förster

    Citation: Empirical Research in Vocational Education and Training 2018 10:10

    Content type: Research

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  25. The current and future workforce is challenged to adapt to changing environments and become lifelong, self-regulated learners. Learning journals can regulate learning processes through scaffolding reflection o...

    Authors: Beat A. Schwendimann, Gabriel Kappeler, Laetitia Mauroux and Jean-Luc Gurtner

    Citation: Empirical Research in Vocational Education and Training 2018 10:9

    Content type: Research

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  26. With the purpose of increasing the level of physical activity (PA) among Danish adolescents the Danish government initiated a large scale vocational school reform in 2015 requiring that vocational schools must...

    Authors: Jesper von Seelen, Anette Mikkelsen and Maiken Wolderslund

    Citation: Empirical Research in Vocational Education and Training 2018 10:7

    Content type: Research

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  27. By applying the inventory theory to hiring skilled workers under uncertainty, the authors explain how firms decide on their optimum investment in an “inventory of skills.” This paper investigates the condition...

    Authors: Harald Pfeifer and Uschi Backes-Gellner

    Citation: Empirical Research in Vocational Education and Training 2018 10:6

    Content type: Research

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  28. When beginning higher education studies in business and economics students bring with them diverse knowledge and experience in the field, which could affect their success in the program. Differences in prior e...

    Authors: Roland Happ, Olga Zlatkin-Troitschanskaia and Manuel Förster

    Citation: Empirical Research in Vocational Education and Training 2018 10:5

    Content type: Research

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  29. Boredom is a prevalent experience in school. Findings indicate that students are bored in a notable amount of instructional time with negative consequences for learning outcomes. The control-value theory consi...

    Authors: Kristina Kögler and Richard Göllner

    Citation: Empirical Research in Vocational Education and Training 2018 10:4

    Content type: Research

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  30. In a context of scarce statistical information, this paper focuses on the professional development of Vocational Education and Training teachers in Italy, namely those teaching vocational subjects. It provides...

    Authors: Marco Serafini

    Citation: Empirical Research in Vocational Education and Training 2018 10:3

    Content type: Research

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  31. Vocational education teachers are key participants in the renewal of the Hungarian vocational educational system. Their professional development (as indicated by their learning activities, learning targets and...

    Authors: Csaba Csíkos, Zsuzsa Kovács and Orsolya Kereszty

    Citation: Empirical Research in Vocational Education and Training 2018 10:2

    Content type: Research

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  32. Despite the importance of the subject of the early school leaving, there are few researches about success and dropout pathways in Vocational Education and Training, while there are many studies centered in oth...

    Authors: Antoni Cerda-Navarro, Jaume Sureda-Negre and Rubén Comas-Forgas

    Citation: Empirical Research in Vocational Education and Training 2017 9:17

    Content type: Review

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  33. The debate around the regulation of learning has recently penetrated the domain of collaborative learning, introducing a social dimension to what was earlier seen, essentially, as a personal initiative. The pr...

    Authors: Elisa Motta, Alberto Cattaneo and Jean-Luc Gurtner

    Citation: Empirical Research in Vocational Education and Training 2017 9:15

    Content type: Research

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  34. 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...

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

    Citation: Empirical Research in Vocational Education and Training 2017 9:13

    Content type: Research

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  35. Students’ positive emotions, such as enjoying learning activities at school, are increasingly recognized as being conducive to learning. Researchers therefore seek to understand the roles that teachers’ emotions ...

    Authors: Julia Warwas and Christoph Helm

    Citation: Empirical Research in Vocational Education and Training 2017 9:11

    Content type: Research

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  36. The study aims to investigate stress-inducing potentials of problem-solving activities (e.g., goal elaboration, decision making, and information seeking) within an authentic problem-solving task from the busin...

    Authors: Tobias Kärner

    Citation: Empirical Research in Vocational Education and Training 2017 9:10

    Content type: Research

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  37. 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...

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

    Citation: Empirical Research in Vocational Education and Training 2017 9:9

    Content type: Review

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  38. Educators today have to be able to make current empirical research results usable for everyday practice. Consequently, there are increasing endeavors to develop and assess competencies in consuming empirical r...

    Authors: Michaela Wiethe-Körprich and Sandra Bley

    Citation: Empirical Research in Vocational Education and Training 2017 9:8

    Content type: Research

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  39. In Germany, almost 15 per cent of all first-year students leave higher education without obtaining a degree. The German post-secondary educational system is tracked however, and many dropouts enter the labour ...

    Authors: Mirte Scholten and Nicole Tieben

    Citation: Empirical Research in Vocational Education and Training 2017 9:7

    Content type: Research

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  40. 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...

    Authors: Sandra Bley

    Citation: Empirical Research in Vocational Education and Training 2017 9:6

    Content type: Research

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  41. 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...

    Authors: Magnus Fjellström

    Citation: Empirical Research in Vocational Education and Training 2017 9:5

    Content type: Research

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Empirical Research in Vocational Education and Training is an initiative of the Swiss State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI) (Bern, Switzerland), in collaboration with the German Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (BiBB). The publication costs for the journal are covered by the Swiss Coordination Centre for Research in Education (SCCRE), so authors do not need to pay an article-processing charge.