Advancing Vocational Education: Exploring Innovative Approaches for Lifelong Skills Enhancement

A special issue of Education Sciences (ISSN 2227-7102).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 1 September 2024 | Viewed by 256

Special Issue Editors

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Guest Editor
Department of Educational Theories and Social Pedagogy, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, 08193 Barcelona, Spain
Interests: Innovating teaching methods; technology-enhanced teaching; learning vocational education

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Guest Editor
Department of Educational Theories and Social Pedagogy, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, 08193 Barcelona, Spain
Interests: vocational education and training; continuing training; trasfer of training; quality of VET

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

In today's rapidly changing world, it is crucial to recognize the need for renewing vocational education to address the evolving demands of the job market, the pervasive influence of technology and the shifting expectations of new generations. This Special Issue aims to explore the latest advancements and innovative approaches in vocational education and training (VET), with a specific focus on enhancing lifelong skills. By examining these key aspects, we can identify strategies and practices that will empower individuals to thrive in their careers and contribute to the growth and development of society as a whole.

First, the job market is constantly evolving, driven by advancements in technology and automation. To remain relevant and competitive, workers need to acquire the latest technical and digital skills through updated VET programs. Second, our society has become highly technologized, with technology permeating various aspects of our lives. By integrating technology-enhanced learning into VET, individuals can develop the necessary digital competences for work and lifelong learning. Third, new generations entering the workforce have distinct priorities and aspirations. They seek meaningful and fulfilling work experiences, work–life balance and opportunities for growth. Adapting VET to align with these expectations ensures that it remains attractive and valuable to emerging talent. Lastly, renewed programs for lifelong learning are necessary to ensure that individuals can continuously adapt to the evolving demands of the modern workforce and stay competitive in a rapidly changing world. Furthermore, these adaptive programs should facilitate the development of both personal and professional life projects, promoting a balanced approach to achieving life goals.

We invite researchers, educators and practitioners to contribute their insights and research findings in this area. The Special Issue will cover topics such as:

- Pedagogical advancements (e.g., the flipped classroom, personalized learning or HyFlex teaching delivery modes);
- Emerging technologies (e.g., artificial intelligence, robotics or simulations);
- Strategies to ensure the relevance and effectiveness of VET in a rapidly evolving job market (e.g., industry partnerships or DUAL systems);
- The contribution of VET in developing personal and professional life projects in a changing world of work and success values (e.g., adaptive learning, modularization or micro-credentials);

We believe that this Special Issue will provide valuable insights and contribute to the ongoing efforts to improve VET programs. We look forward to receiving your contributions and sharing your expertise with our readers.

Dr. Ingrid Noguera
Dr. Pilar Pineda Herrero
Guest Editors

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  • vocational education and training (VET)
  • quality of VET
  • transfer of VET
  • innovative training methods
  • technology-enhanced learning
  • lifelong learning skills
  • personal and professional development

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