Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxxvi
  2. The Changing World of Work

  3. Skills for Sustainable Human Development

  4. Planning and Reforming Skills Systems

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 431-431
    2. Konstantinos Pouliakas, Antonio Ranieri
      Pages 491-511
    3. Ajay Balakrishnan, Srividya Sheshadri, Akshay Nagarajan, R. Unnikrishnan, Sreeram Kongeseri, Rao R. Bhavani
      Pages 513-531
    4. Ana Rosa Gonzalez-Martinez, Ben Gardiner
      Pages 585-602
    5. Chris Zirkle, Jeremy Jeffery
      Pages 627-643
  5. Private Training Markets

About this book


This handbook brings together and promotes research on the area of vocational education and training (VET). It analyzes current and future economic and labor market trends and relates these to likely implications for vocational education and training. It questions how VET engages with the growing power of human development approaches and with the sustainable development agenda. Equity and inclusion are discussed in a range of ways by the authors and the consideration of the construction of these terms is an important element of the handbook. It further addresses both the overall notion of system reform, at different scales, and what is known about particular technologies of systems reform across a variety of settings. Vocational learning and VET teacher/trainer education are discussed from a comparative perspective. National and comparative experiences are also shared on questions of equity and efficiency in funding in terms of those that fund and are funded, and for a range of funding methodologies. As well as reviewing existing gaps, this handbook is looking forward in identifying promising new directions in research and environment.

Areas covered:

The Changing World of Work | Editors: Margarita Pavlova and Salim Akoojee

Skills for Sustainable Human Development | Editor: Lesley Powell

Planning and Reforming Skills Systems | Editor: Robert Palmer

Private Training Markets | Editors: Michael Gessler, Larissa Freund and Susanne Peters

Vocational Learning | Editors: Karen Evans and Natasha Kersh

Competence and Excellence | Editor: Kirby Barrick

Measuring Learning and Instructional Performance | Editor: Esther Winther

Supporting Learners | Editor: Joy Papier

VET Teacher/Trainer Education | Editor: Volker Wedekind


vocational education and training VET vocational learning skills for sustainable development skills systems private training markets competency assessment VET teachers VET trainers VET teacher education skills development capabilties approach

Editors and affiliations

  • Simon McGrath
    • 1
  • Martin Mulder
    • 2
  • Joy Papier
    • 3
  • Rebecca Suart
    • 4
  1. 1.School of EducationUniversity of NottinghamNottinghamUK
  2. 2.Social Sciences GroupWageningen UniversityWageningenThe Netherlands
  3. 3.Institute for Post-School StudiesUniversity of the Western CapeCape TownSouth Africa
  4. 4.School of EducationUniversity of NottinghamNottinghamUK

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Education
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-94531-6
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-94532-3
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