Improving Integration of Formal Education and Work-Based Learning

A special issue of Social Sciences (ISSN 2076-0760).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 September 2024 | Viewed by 308

Special Issue Editors

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Institute of Educational Science, Department of Educational Management and Research in Further Education, University of Paderborn, 33098 Paderborn, Germany
Interests: learning; e-learning; teaching; pedagogics; lifelong learning; professional development

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School of Educational Sciences, Tallinn University, 10120 Tallinn, Estonia
Interests: professional identity; teaching; teacher education; science education

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

This Special Issue aims to enhance scientific excellence and research potential in the field of the integration of formal education and workplace learning (WPL) for students, teachers, schools, and in vocational education.

Since the emergence of Industry 4.0, unleashed by the technological advances of the information age, there is an increasing research interest in enriched learning in various authentic environments. The proposed Special Issue will pay special attention to students’ participation in authentic work environments outside educational settings, their practice-based learning and the acknowledgement of those learning outcomes. Also, the integration of work-related activities into classroom learning will be focused on. In the context of integrated learning at school and work, previous international research has mainly focused on vocational education, but this Special Issue widens the focus by extending the target group by including students and teachers in basic education and upper secondary general education.

This Special Issue should introduce novel approaches and methodologies in workplace learning research, and provide new insights by applying the social ecology approach for research in the field of integrated learning at school and work. The methodological knowledge and experiences gained may be of great relevance for future international research.

As a first step, we ask for an approximately 500-word-long paper proposal describing the central ideas and methods applied in the intended papers that should address attempts/approaches/studies on the integration of informal learning (at workplaces) into formal educational programs either in primary education, lower or upper secondary education, or vocational education and training. Please send this proposal to or by 1 March 2024. Feedback will be provided until 1 April 2024. The deadline for the submission of the final full paper is 20 September 2024.

Prof. Dr. Christian Harteis
Prof. Dr. Inge Timoštšuk
Guest Editors

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  • workplace learning
  • experiential learning
  • formal education
  • acknowledgement of learning
  • learning ecology
  • subject integration
  • individual learning paths

Published Papers

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