Innovation within VET/PET system
“Innovation” in education is about regular or constant renewal of practices in order to adapt to changing demands within society. Technologies often play a crucial role in determining innovation, and, at the same time are the object in which innovation is visible and recognized. Technologies act both as the object of and the means for innovation.
The Federal Council recognizes the interrelationship of innovation and technologies and charges SFIVET with investigating it; SFIVET as partner of the Swiss Leading House “Technologies for VET”, also supports research on the development and introduction of technologies within vocational and professional education and training.
Against this background, the aims of this research field are to study and deepen the role, the spin-off and the dynamics of technological innovation on supporting and enhancing teaching and learning in the VET system.
In particular, we work on:
- the design, development, implementation and evaluation of technological innovation that supports learning in vocational schools and at the workplace (how innovations can be helpful for interconnecting the three VET learning locations);
- the models for an innovation-oriented instructional science (didactic) (how innovation can be an effective support for teaching and learning in VET; how to effectively design pedagogical scenarios integrating technological innovation); and
- models for the management of innovations (the dynamics and processes of innovations: how they arise, are adopted, spread over, diffuse).
The team working on these topics is multidisciplinary, including psychology, pedagogy and sociology and resorting to a wide range of qualitative and quantitative research methods.