Vocational Education and Training in Finland, Volume 87

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Heidi Bergström
CEDEFOP--European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training, 1997 - Business & Economics - 135 pages
This monograph describes development of the Finnish system of vocational education and training and discusses its future outlook. Chapter I provides background information on political and administrative structures, population, and the economy and labor force. Chapters II-III describe the education system and its development and the vocational education and training system. A section on its historical development considers reform in the 1970s and 1980s, ammattikorkeakoulu (AMK) institutions (polytechnics), and legislation. A section on initial vocational education and training addresses these topics: sectors of training and fields of study; qualifications; student assessment, counseling, and support systems; and educational institutions and teachers. The section on continuing education and training covers the following: adult education and training; adult vocational qualifications and language proficiency tests; adult education and training opportunities; and financing adult training. A final section looks at special education and training for specific target groups. Chapter IV outlines the administrative and financial framework. Chapter V on qualitative aspects provides information on certification, training of trainers, and guidance. Chapter VI discusses trends and perspectives in these areas: lifelong learning, Information Superhighway, comparability of qualifications, and European dimensions. Appendixes contain the following: a list of abbreviations and acronyms, major organizations involved in vocational training; 11-item bibliography; glossary; and list of available qualifications. (YLB)

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