Vocational Education in the Nordic Countries: Learning from Diversity is the second of two books that disseminates new and systematic knowledge on the strengths and weaknesses of the different models of vocational education and training (VET) in four Nordic countries. Vocational education in Europe has resisted standardisation to a higher degree than other fields of education, and during the last decade, there has been a growth in international, comparative VET research. While the Nordic countries provide an ideal case for comparative education studies, the literature in English on the Nordic VET systems is at present very limited.

This book provides thorough examinations of VET in Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Finland. Each section examines the current challenges for VET, compares how these challenges are managed, and explores recent reforms and institutional innovations. Contributors also analyse institutions and policies at the national level and include comparative studies of two occupations at the micro-level in the four countries. The book explores what can be learned from the diversity of the VET systems in the Nordic countries, which otherwise have many similarities and share a common heritage in education policy.

This volume will help strengthen the knowledge base required for transnational policy learning, and for developing vocational education internationally for the future. As a result, the book will be of interest to researchers, academics and postgraduate students involved in the study of vocational education, educational studies and educational policy, as well as policy makers.

chapter 1|28 pages

Vocational education and training in the Nordic countries

Different systems and common challenges
ByChristian Helms Jørgensen

chapter 2|22 pages

Transitions from vocational education to employment in the Nordic countries

ByChristian Helms Jørgensen, Anna Hagen Tønder

chapter 3|23 pages

Progression to higher education from VET in Nordic countries

Mixed policies and pathways
ByMaarit Virolainen, Anna Hagen Tønder

chapter 4|21 pages

Balancing the esteem of vocational education and social inclusion in four Nordic countries

ByLene Larsen, Daniel Persson Thunqvist

chapter 5|23 pages

Reforms and innovations in Nordic vocational education

Improving transitions to employment and to higher education
ByChristian Helms Jørgensen

chapter 6|18 pages

Vocational education for health care workers in the Nordic countries compared

ByHåkon Høst, Lene Larsen

chapter 7|20 pages

Building and construction

A critical case for the future of vocational education
ByOle Johnny Olsen, Daniel Persson Thunqvist, Anders Hallqvist

chapter 8|27 pages

Learning from vocational education and training in the Nordic countries

ByChristian Helms Jørgensen