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Flexibility is one of the key concepts of our time. Many analysts point to mega trends that take place simultaneously and have dramatic effects on societies, communities, corporations and schools. These mega trends are not related linearly, but in some form their consequences are dropped in the lap of vocational educational and training systems (VET) and schools. VET is very closely connected to the labour market through initial job and occupational preparation. This reasoning is that when the labour market is about to change, VET systems have to adapt, react, change and be proactive. The responsiveness of VET systems is imperative nowadays, driven and moulded by technological, economic, demographic and cultural changes.

In this report, a system concept has been used to understand, describe and anticipate the future structure of VET systems and the teaching-learning functions in relation to flexibility, mobility and transferability. We hope that this instrumental approach will help to promote a better understanding of the dynamics between VET systems and their contexts. .

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Authors: NIJHOF W J, University of Twente, Enschede (NL);KIEFT M, University of Twente, Enschede (NL);VAN WOERKOM M (EDITORS), University of Twente, Enschede (NL)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 19495 EN (2001), pp. 50. Euro: 8.50
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ISBN: ISBN 92-894-1482-0
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