From October to December 2018, Dr. Volker Rein (BIBB) will be a Research Fellow at the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies (AICGS), Johns-Hopkins University. As part of this he will be conducting research into “Compatible degree and non-degree post-secondary education in the US: Cross-over competency oriented conceptual approaches in credentialing”.
In highly industrialised countries such as Germany and in the United States of America, there is a general consensus that training programmes and qualifications in all training sectors should be aligned to the acquisition of competencies. This is intended to meet the needs of learners as well as companies and labour markets, and to support lifelong learning, learning outcome transparency, and permeability between learning pathways and training sectors. The growth in knowledge-based requirements in production and service sectors and the trend towards knowledge-based training pathways demands appropriate, systematic, instrumental and educationally creative developments in both vocational as well as academic training.
From a comparative perspective, this research is seeking to provide new insights on relevant developments in the United States. This will focus on organisational approaches at associate and bachelor level which facilitate the professional and academic acquisition of competencies in a compatible manner. It is assumed that this equally supports the capacity of vocational qualifications to provide scope for progression and ensure employability in both academic and non-academic sectors.
The research at the AICGS concerns to the problem areas of “Workforce Education and Training and Society, Culture and Politics”. It is embedded in ongoing research development work in Germany at BIBB with an analogous research approach.
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