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    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

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    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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    Work or university? Economic competencies and educational aspirations of trainees with hybrid qualifications in Switzerland

    The Federal Vocational Baccalaureate constitutes the major link between the academic and vocational tracks in the Swiss educational system. Statistics show that only 20 % of a cohort move immediately to an aca...

    Michael Jüttler, Andreas Jüttler, Stephan Schumann and Franz Eberle

    Empirical Research in Vocational Education and Training 2016 8:6

    Published on: 1 July 2016

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    Evaluating the pedagogical content knowledge of pre- and in-service teachers of business and economics to ensure quality of classroom practice in vocational education and training

    Research on teachers’ professional knowledge and skills is becoming increasingly important. However, valid assessments of teachers’ knowledge and skills are scarce. In this study, we report on our development ...

    Christiane Kuhn, Alicia C. Alonzo and Olga Zlatkin-Troitschanskaia

    Empirical Research in Vocational Education and Training 2016 8:5

    Published on: 14 June 2016

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    Assessing what prospective laboratory assistants in biochemistry and cell biology know: development and validation of the test instrument PROKLAS

    Laboratory assistants in biology and medicine play a central role in the operation of laboratories in hospitals, research institutes, and industries. Their daily work routine is characterized by dealing with m...

    Stephan Gantner, Jörg Großschedl, Devasmita Chakraverty and Ute Harms

    Empirical Research in Vocational Education and Training 2016 8:3

    Published on: 3 March 2016

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    Why is the pipeline leaking? Experiences of young women in STEM vocational education and training and their adjustment strategies

    The paper investigates the perceptions of young women during their vocational education and training (VET) in traditionally male-dominated STEM fields—science, technology, engineering, and mathematics—by analy...

    Elena Makarova, Belinda Aeschlimann and Walter Herzog

    Empirical Research in Vocational Education and Training 2016 8:2

    Published on: 1 February 2016

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    Combining teaching with another job: a possible resource to face professional challenges. Preliminary findings from a Swiss study in vocational education and training

    There is a general consensus regarding the stressful nature of the teaching profession and an extensive body of literature has shown a multitude of risks and protective factors that influence teachers’ profess...

    Viviana Sappa, Elena Boldrini and Carmela Aprea

    Empirical Research in Vocational Education and Training 2015 7:13

    Published on: 29 December 2015

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    Spatial structure counts: the relevance of regional labour-market conditions for educational transitions to vocational training

    Regional context conditions can have a crucial impact on school-to-work transitions and subsequently individual life chances. This paper aims to develop an approach to analyse the spatial references of regiona...

    Katarina Weßling, Andreas Hartung and Steffen Hillmert

    Empirical Research in Vocational Education and Training 2015 7:12

    Published on: 2 November 2015

    The Erratum to this article has been published in Empirical Research in Vocational Education and Training 2016 8:1

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    Functional relevance of students’ prior knowledge and situational uncertainty during verbal interactions in vocational classrooms: evidence from a mixed-methods study

    Descriptive accounts of instruction in German vocational schools consistently indicate whole-class dialogue to be prevalent. We aim to extend previous research by elucidating pedagogically valuable dialogic pr...

    Tobias Kärner and Julia Warwas

    Empirical Research in Vocational Education and Training 2015 7:11

    Published on: 13 October 2015

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    Assessing the financial knowledge of university students in Germany

    The importance of professional competence (PC) in business administration (BA) has increased considerably in many industrial nations over the past several years. However, while economic competence is being ass...

    Manuel Förster, Sebastian Brückner and Olga Zlatkin-Troitschanskaia

    Empirical Research in Vocational Education and Training 2015 7:6

    Published on: 25 March 2015

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    Promoting VET teachers’ individual and social learning activities: the empowering and purposeful role of transformational leadership, interdependence, and self-efficacy

    This study explores the interaction between organizational and psychological factors that play a role in professional teacher learning. More specifically, how teachers’ engagement in learning activities (e.g. ...

    Arnoud Oude Groote Beverborg, Peter JC Sleegers and Klaas van Veen

    Empirical Research in Vocational Education and Training 2015 7:5

    Published on: 22 March 2015

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    The impact of university teacher training on prospective teachers’ CK and PCK – a comparison between Austria and Germany

    As teacher training plays a major role in the development of (prospective) teachers’ knowledge, differences between the professional knowledge of prospective teachers at Austrian and German universities were e...

    Sabine Fritsch, Stefanie Berger, Jürgen Seifried, Franziska Bouley, Eveline Wuttke, Kathleen Schnick-Vollmer and Bernhard Schmitz

    Empirical Research in Vocational Education and Training 2015 7:4

    Published on: 8 March 2015

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    Physical-technical prior competencies of engineering students

    This article addresses the question of which physical-technical prior competencies students in Germany start their engineering studies with. Furthermore, it analyzes the influence of e.g. formal qualifications...

    Stefan Behrendt, Elmar Dammann, Florina Ștefănică, Bernd Markert and Reinhold Nickolaus

    Empirical Research in Vocational Education and Training 2015 7:2

    Published on: 15 February 2015

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    Pedagogical challenges in nurse education - a case study focusing on the completion rate in theoretical education at a Swedish University

    The purpose of this survey was to relate completion rate and results on national clinical final examinations to student’s admission background and examination results for nursing and medical courses.

    Maria Emilsson, Martin Gellerstedt, Maria Skyvell Nilsson, Ina Berndtsson, Kristina Johansson and Sandra Pennbrant

    Empirical Research in Vocational Education and Training 2014 6:11

    Published on: 25 November 2014

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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 SERI, so authors do not need to pay an article-processing charge.