Katarina Lagercrantz All
Katarina Lagercrantz All

Katarina Lagercrantz All, fil. dr, universitetsadjunkt

- Det är ett stort nöje att få ta del av vad kollegor i Sverige och runt om i världen fokuserar på när det gäller yrkesutbildning ur olika perspektiv. I år gav konferensen mig möjlighet att presentera min avhandling och få kommentarer från internationella kollegor vilket var extra värdefullt. Mitt intresse för VET, inkludering och delaktighetsaspekter när det gäller fokus på vård- och omsorgsutbildning, var något som framkom var aktuellt även internationellt. Yrkesutbildning inom vård- och omsorg, med dess heterogena elevgrupper, är en utmaning som vi delar med flera andra länder. Det är därför av största vikt att vi tar del av varandras forskningsresultat när det gäller utbildningsvetenskapliga frågor inom detta område. Min upplevelse av den årliga konferensen;  Stockholm international conference on VET är att den i år gav mig möjlighet att knyta flera värdefulla kontakter både inom och utanför Sverige.

Marianne Teräs
Marianne Teräs

Marianne Teräs, docent, universitetslektor

- I had a pleasure to chair several sessions and at the same time to listen to national and international colleagues researching questions in VET. This year my attention was drawn to topics such as citizenship, recognition of newly arrived immigrants and their competences as well as gender issues in VET. In Sweden, and in Finland, labor markets are divided among men and women, already in VET we need to think about how different VET programs attract diversity of students. Immigration wave hit hard European countries in 2015; many countries have developed different introduction programs to new comers. This is a challenge we share, thus also knowledge, good practices and research results need to be shared.

Lázaro Moreno Herrera
Lázaro Moreno Herrera

Lázaro Moreno Herrera, professor

- I'm very glad that we met the aims to continue having a forum for discussing state of the art research in the field as well as a forum to continue networking. The participants were scholar from Australia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Malaysia, Norway, Russia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland and the UK. Their contribution together with our most important national partners in Sweden and members of our research group encouraged valuable discussions not limited to the papers but also focused on our further cooperation. For the first time a group of the participants visited our Department at Stockholm university, where they were welcomed by Head of Department, Jon Ohlsson and listened to our colleague Eva Eliasson presenting the teacher education for VET. A presentation that motivated lively discussions!

Amongst the diversity of important topics discussed, research about teacher education for VET had a strong position this year. We had three papers sessions with this theme in focus and the concluding panel discussion focused on the challenges we have with teacher training for VET in different context.

We are in discussions now to publish the papers as book or as special issue of a research journal. We are glad that in the comings weeks’ several of the papers first presented in the conference 2016 will be published as peer-reviewed articles in a special issue of an international journal. We encourage our colleagues to keep attention to the announcement in our IPD web site. We main organisers Marianne and myself are very grateful for the administrative support we received this time from our co-workers!

The next conference, that is, the 7th Stockholm international conference on VET will take place 7-8 of May 2018. We already look forward it!