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Internationalization of Vocational and Higher Education Systems in Transition (INVEST)

Research Fields
Education and Training
Duration
until 03/2014
Funding
WZB; funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) 2009-2012

This comparative project investigates internationalization and institutional changes at the nexus of advanced general education and specific vocational training in North America and Europe. It reports on contemporary developments in national postsecondary educational systems, examines institutional persistence and change as these systems react to international pressures, and analyzes the consequences of such developments for participation in education and employment as well as social mobility. The analysis goes beyond the cross-sectional, as we ask how national systems developed and why they change as they do. Our focus is on the evolution of these educational systems’ complementary models of preparing young adults for labor market participation and active citizenship. Further, the study emphasizes competition between the organizational fields involved in advanced skill formation: Vocational education and training in schools and firms, on the one hand, and tertiary education in academies, colleges, and universities, on the other. Building on detailed national portraits of structures and pathways, this project synthesizes two rarely combined literatures—on higher education institutions and on vocational education and training systems—to understand dynamics of change in postsecondary education.


Publications
  • Bernhard, Nadine/Graf, Lukas/Powell, Justin J.W. (2013): "Auswirkungen des neuen europäischen Bildungsmodells auf die Verknüpfung zwischen Berufs- und Hochschulbildung in Deutschland, Österreich und Frankreich". In: Karin Amos/Josef Schmid/Josef Schrader/Ansgar Thiel (Hg.): Europäischer Bildungsraum. Europäisierungsprozesse in Bildungspolitik und Bildungspraxis. Wirtschafts- und Sozialpolitik, Bd. 12. Baden-Baden: Nomos Verlagsgesellschaft, S. 175-192.
  • Graf, Lukas (2013): "Duale Studiengänge als 'unerwartete' Form der institutionellen Durchlässigkeit zwischen Berufs- und Hochschulbildung in Deutschland". In: Heike Solga/Christian Brzinsky-Fay/Lukas Graf/Cornelia Gresch/Paula Protsch (Hg.): Vergleiche innerhalb von Gruppen und institutionelle Gelingensbedingungen. Vielversprechende Perspektiven für die Ungleichheitsforschung. WZB Discussion Paper SP I 2013-501. Berlin: WZB, S. 41-42.
  • Bernhard, Nadine/Graf, Lukas/Powell, Justin J.W. (2013): "Durch Europäisierung zu mehr Durchlässigkeit? Wandel im Verhältnis von Berufsbildungs- und Hochschulsystemen in Deutschland, Frankreich und Österreich". In: Hans-Georg Soeffner (Hg.): Transnationale Vergesellschaftungen. Verhandlungen des 35. Kongresses der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Soziologie in Frankfurt am Main 2010. Wiesbaden: Springer VS, S. CD-ROM.
  • Ebner, Christian/Graf, Lukas/Nikolai, Rita (2013): "New Institutional Linkages between Dual Vocational Training and Higher Education. A Comparative Analysis of Germany, Austria and Switzerland". In: Michael Windzio (Ed.): Integration and Inequality in Educational Institutions. Dordrecht u.a.: Springer, S. 281-298.
  • Graf, Lukas (2013): Besser verzahnt. Berufs- und Hochschulbildung in Österreich und der Schweiz. WZBrief Bildung 24/März 2013. Berlin: WZB.
  • Solga, Heike/Brzinsky-Fay, Christian/Graf, Lukas/Gresch, Cornelia/Protsch, Paula (2013): Vergleiche innerhalb von Gruppen und institutionelle Gelingensbedingungen. Vielversprechende Perspektiven für die Ungleichheitsforschung. WZB Discussion Paper SP I 2013–501. Berlin: WZB.
  • Finger, Claudia (2012): Steht die Welt allen offen? Bologna und die internationale Mobilität der Studierenden. WZBrief Bildung 20/April 2012. Berlin: WZB.
  • Graf, Lukas (2012): "Wachstum in der Nische. Mit dualen Studiengängen entstehen Hybride von Berufs- und Hochschulbildung". In: WZB-Mitteilungen, H. 138, S. 49-52.
  • Graf,  Lukas/Lassnigg,  Lorenz/Powell,  Justin J.W. (2012): "Austrian Corporatism and Institutional Change in the Relationship between Apprenticeship Training and School-Based VET". In: Marius R. Busemeyer/Christine Trampusch (Eds.): The Political Economy of Collective Skill Formation. Oxford u.a.: Oxford University Press, S. 150-178.
  • Powell, Justin J.W./Bernhard, Nadine/Graf, Lukas (2012): "Amerikanisierung oder Europäisierung der (Aus-)Bildung? Die Bologna- und Kopenhagen-Prozesse und das neue europäische Modell der Hochschul- und Berufsbildung". In: Kölner Zeitschrift für Soziologie und Sozialpsychologie, Sonderheft 52 "Soziologische Bildungsforschung", herausgegeben von Rolf Becker/Heike Solga, Wiesbaden: Springer VS, S. 437-458.
  • Powell, Justin J.W./Bernhard, Nadine/Graf, Lukas (2012): "The Emergent European Model in Skill Formation. Comparing Higher Education and Vocational Training in the Bologna and Copenhagen Processes". In: Sociology of Education, Vol. 85, No. 3, S. 240-258. (Vorab online publiziert 3. Januar 2012)
  • Powell, Justin J.W./Graf, Lukas/Bernhard, Nadine/Coutrot, Laurence/Kieffer, Annick (2012): "The Shifting Relationship between Vocational and Higher Education in France and Germany. Towards Convergence?". In: European Journal of Education - Research, Development and Policy, Vol. 47, No. 3, Special Issue "The Bologna Process Revisited", S. 405-423.
  • Powell, Justin J.W./Trampusch, Christine (2012): "Europeanization and Varying Responses of Collective Skill Systems". In: Marius R. Busemeyer/Christine Trampusch (Eds.): The Political Economy of Collective Skill Formation. Oxford/New York, NY: Oxford University Press, S. 284-313.
  • Finger, Claudia (2011): The Social Selectivity of International Mobility among German University Students. A Multi-level Analysis of the Impact of the Bologna Process. WZB Discussion Paper SP I 2011-503. Berlin: WZB.
  • Powell, Justin J.W./Solga, Heike (2011): "Why Are Higher Education Participation Rates in Germany so Low? Institutional Barriers to Higher Education Expansion". In: Journal of Education and Work, Vol. 24, No. 1-2, S. 49-68.
  • Bernhard, Nadine/Graf, Lukas/Powell, Justin J.W. (2010): "Wenn sich Bologna und Kopenhagen treffen. Erhöhte Durchlässigkeit zwischen Berufs- und Hochschulbildung?". In: WZB-Mitteilungen, H. 130, S. 26-29.
  • Graf, Lukas (2010): "Internationalization Strategies in Higher Education Systems. A Variety of Capitalism Analytical Framework". In: Henrik Egbert/Clemens Esser (Eds.): Aspects in Varieties of Capitalism. Dynamics, Economic Crisis, New Players. INFER Series in Applied Economics, Vol. 3. Saarbrücken: Lambert Academic Publishing, S. 203-227.
  • Powell, Justin J.W./Dieckhoff, Martina (2010): "Ausbildungssysteme im Wandel. Globale Herausforderungen, nationale Reaktionen und deren Konsequenzen für die soziale Ungleichheit in Europa". In: Hans-Georg Soeffner (Hg.): Unsichere Zeiten. Herausforderungen gesellschaftlicher Transformationen. Verhandlungen des 34. Kongresses der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Soziologie in Jena 2008. Bd. 2, CD-ROM. Wiesbaden: VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften, S. CD-ROM.
  • Powell, Justin J.W./Solga, Heike (2010): "Analyzing the Nexus of Higher Education and Vocational Training in Europe. A Comparative-Institutional Framework". In: Studies in Higher Education, Vol. 35, No. 6, S. 705-721.
  • Graf, Lukas (2009): "Applying the Varieties of Capitalism Approach to Higher Education. Comparing the Internationalization of German and British Universities". In: European Journal of Education - Research, Development and Policy, Vol. 44, No. 4, Special Issue "Networks in Education. Benefits and Issues in Europe", S. 569-585.
  • Powell, Justin J. W./Coutrot, Laurence/Graf, Lukas/Bernhard, Nadine/Kieffer, Annick/Solga, Heike (2009): Comparing the Relationship between Vocational and Higher Education in Germany and France. WZB Discussion Paper SP I 2009-506. Berlin: WZB.
  • Graf, Lukas (2008): Applying the Varieties of Capitalism Approach to Higher Education. A Case Study of the Internationalisation Strategies of German and British Universities. WZB Discussion Paper SP I 2008-507. Berlin: WZB.
  • Mayer, Karl Ulrich/Solga, Heike (Eds.) (2008): Skill Formation. Interdisciplinary and Cross-National Perspectives. Cambridge u.a.: Cambridge University Press, 258 S.
  • Powell, Justin J. W./Solga, Heike (2008): Internationalization of Vocational and Higher Education Systems. A Comparative-Institutional Approach. WZB Discussion Paper SP I 2008-501. Berlin: WZB.