Seminar Five Centre for Leadership and Enterprise

International perspectives on policy, pedagogy and practice in higher vocational education

Economic & Social Research Council

Part of the ESRC-funded HIVE-PED seminar series

Friday 30 October 2015
University of Huddersfield 

This one-day seminar brings together three leading researchers on vocational education from Denmark, Finland and the UK. The seminar will focus on how differing conceptions of vocational education and its purpose shape its organisation, delivery and assessment in these countries.


Strengths and weaknesses in the school-based model of organizing initial vocational education and training.

Strengths and weaknesses in the school-based model of organizing initial vocational education and training: transitions to higher education and working life in Finland.

Maarit Virolainen, University of Jyväskylä, Finland

Maarit Virolainen is a researcher at the University of Jyväskylä, Finnish Institute of Educational Research where her interests focus on learning from work experience, cooperation and collaboration between the working world and educational institutions, educational careers and transitions from education to working life. She has been involved in the Nord-VET project which has examined the future of vocational education and training in the Nordic countries.

Reforming the Danish dual system of VET: dilemmas for policy and practice

Christian Helms Jørgensen, Roskilde University, Denmark

Christian Helms Jørgensen has been a professor at Roskilde University since 1994 where his primary field of research is connections between education and work and vocational education. This has included studies in relations between training and organizational change, employee participation as democratization of work life, educational planning and competency development, vocational education in a comparative perspective and school to work transitions.

Assessing Professional Know-How

Christopher Winch, Kings College London

Chris Winch is Professor of Educational Philosophy and Policy at Kings College London. He has written widely on the nature of professional and vocational know-how as well British and European vocational education, including the book Dimensions of Expertise: A Conceptual Exploration of Vocational Knowledge. He is honorary vice president of the Philosophy of Education Society of Great Britain

The discussant is James Avis, University of Huddersfield

Further details

For further details, please contact Dr Kevin Orr, Reader in Work and Learning, School of Education and Professional Development, University of Huddersfield, e-mail

Details of how to book a place on this seminar will be circulated nearer the time.

Centre for Leadership and Enterprise is part of the Faculty of Education & Health, University of Greenwich.