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Review of vocational education and training research in the UK

Introduction

This guide to UK VET research has been designed for use by European researchers,
who are involved in the COST Action All on Promoting flexibility, mobility and
transferability as targets of VET. As COST provides networking support, but does
not provide funds for collaborative research, we thought it quite important to highlight
for prospective collaborators the context within UK VET researchers operate. This
we do in section 0: we chose this unusual start to our numbering system, such that our
subsequent chapters 1 to 5 could map onto the work expected of the 5 COST working
groups. However, not all VET research related to the promotion of flexibility,
mobility and transferability as targets of VET fits easily within the sub-headings of
the original COST framework, rather they permeate the whole field, so the final
chapter acts to address these broader issues. We have written this report, as a source
of reference, in the expectation that relatively few people will read the review straight
through from the start to the end. Rather we expect people may wish to focus upon
particular chapters, so we have built in a degree of overlap such that chapters 1 to 5
have been written such that each of these chapters is reasonably self-contained. This
means the chapters could be read in order of interest for the reader.

Review of vocational education and training research in the UK
Dr William Lockitt

Dr William Lockitt

Dr Lockitt has over forty-five years’ experience in education and has written several publications highlighting the effective use of multimedia flexible and open learning. Since 2010 Dr Lockitt has been the strategic policy Director for G2G Communities CIC and in 2011 managed the implementation of the first not for profit, community focused LEGO Education Innovation Studio in the UK.