When the Food Goes to the Horses

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In this paper we would like to reconstruct the pathway for the foundation of the so-called Leading Houses with respect to the Vocational research politic in Switzerland, from the years 2000 to 2008. Leading Houses are research centres, which were intentionally created at Swiss universities in order to initiate, support and steer research projects that a) are related to vocational and professional learning, and b) engages young researchers, doctoral and master students into this research field. The title of this paper is an expression for the fact that when we tried to stimulate this idea through announced financial resources alone, nearly no substantial projects were proposed from the universities. But we couldn’t relay only on the so-called Fachhochschulen (technical, practise oriented universities) because they do not have the right for promoting of young researchers. So, we knocked on the doors of the 9 Swiss universities proposing them to finance, on the basis of a respective qualitatively serious research program, centres respective Leading Houses with a full packet sustainable research politic, a young researcher program and an institutional rootedness of vocational learning research into the university departments. Thus, the food indeed went to the horses.

VET Boost: Towards a Theory of Professional Competencies

Essays in Honor of Frank Achtenhagen

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