Aug 17 2018

New publications on vocational education in the Nordic countries

While the Nordic countries provide an ideal case for comparative education studies, the literature in English on the Nordic vocational education and training (VET) systems is at present very limited. A four-year research project on VET at upper secondary level in the Nordic countries has resulted in two books on the theme, with contributions from NIFU researcher Håkon Høst.

The first volume, Vocational education in the Nordic countries: the historical evolution, provides thorough examinations of VET in Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Finland over 150 years. Each section examines the historical evolution of VET at upper secondary level in one of the four Nordic countries. Contributors also analyse how each country have tried to reform their respective VET systems and compare the paths which each nation has taken.

The second volume, Vocational education in the Nordic countries: learning from diversity, examines the current challenges for VET, compares how these challenges are managed, and explores recent reforms and institutional innovations. Contributors also analyse institutions and policies at the national level and include comparative studies of two occupations at the micro-level in the four countries.

Håkon Høst, Research Professor at NIFU, has contributed to both books. In the first book Høst has, together with Svein Michelsen at the University of Bergen, written the two historical chapters on Norwegian VET. In the second one Høst is, in cooperation with Lene Larsen from Roskilde University, responsible for the chapter on the health care workers in the Nordic countries.

Both books are available at Routledge:

  1. Vocational education in the Nordic countries: the historical evolution
  2. Vocational education in the Nordic countries: learning from diversity

For more information, contact
Håkon Høst, Research Professor, Primary & Secondary Education
(+47) 997 09 945
haakon.host@nifu.no