Enhancing Teaching and Learning in the Dutch Vocational Education System

Reforms Enacted

  • Elly de Bruijn
  • Stephen Billett
  • Jeroen Onstenk

Part of the Professional and Practice-based Learning book series (PPBL, volume 18)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Elly de Bruijn, Stephen Billett, Jeroen Onstenk
      Pages 3-36
  3. Policies and Organisations

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 37-37
    2. Jeroen Onstenk, Ruud Duvekot
      Pages 39-56
    3. Marc van der Meer, Jan Peter van den Toren, Tammy Lie
      Pages 57-82
    4. Anneke Westerhuis, Marc van der Meer
      Pages 83-102
    5. Louise van de Venne, Marlies Honingh, Marieke van Genugten
      Pages 103-118
    6. Marcel van der Klink, Jan Streumer
      Pages 119-136
  4. Educational Programmes: Teaching and Learning

  5. End Piece

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 267-267
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 295-298

About this book


This book discusses how the Dutch vocational education system has undergone significant waves of reform driven by global imperatives, national concerns and governmental policy goals. Like elsewhere, the impetuses for these reforms are directed to generating a more industry-responsive, locally-accountable and competence-based vocational education system. Each wave of reforms, however, has had particular emphases, and directed to achieve particular policy outcomes. Yet, they are more than mere versions of what had or is occurring elsewhere. They are shaped by specific national imperatives, sentiments and localised concerns. Consequently, whilst this book elaborate what constitutes the contemporary provision of vocational education in the Netherlands also addresses a broader concern of how vocational education systems become formed, manifested within nation states, and then are transformed through particular imperatives, institutional arrangement and localised factors. So, the readers of this book whilst learning much about the Dutch vocational education system will also come to identify and engage with a selection of contributions that inform factors that situate, shape and transform vocational education systems. Such a focus seems important given an era when there are concerns to standardise and make uniform educational provisions, often for administrative or political imperatives. As such, this book will be of interest not only to those who are engaged in the field of vocational education, but those with an interest in educational policy, practice and comparative studies.


CBE Competence-based vocational education Dutch vocational education Dutch vocational education system Hoger beroepsonderwijs Lifelong learning Middelbare beroepsonderwijs Occupational identity Professional education Tertiary education Netherlands VET Vocational competence Vocational education Holland Vocational education Netherlands Vocational education and training Work-based learning Workplace learning Reforms of education

Editors and affiliations

  • Elly de Bruijn
    • 1
  • Stephen Billett
    • 2
  • Jeroen Onstenk
    • 3
  1. 1.HU University of Applied SciencesUtrechtThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Griffith UniversityBrisbaneAustralia
  3. 3.Inholland University of Applied SciencesThe HagueThe Netherlands

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-50732-3
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-50734-7
  • Series Print ISSN 2210-5549
  • Series Online ISSN 2210-5557
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