This research field focuses on the teaching and learning methods that allow training objectives to be achieved in an optimal manner. In particular, we analyse the general conditions in which apprenticeships are carried out. In order to be able to adapt VET programmes to the changing demands of the labour market, it is essential to critically assess the way in which these demands are addressed in VET programmes, both in vocational schools and at host companies. In Switzerland, it is particularly useful to study the didactics and methodologies applied in different types of training, as well as the way in which they have been adapted to current conditions, because there is a need for the development of differentiated didactics for VET in the various occupational fields.
The general objective of this research field is to introduce sustainable innovations that will enable better alignment between classroom instruction and work-based training.
Specific questions addressed by this research field are as follows:
- How are the different principles of training content development applied (e.g. focus on acquisition of professional competences and comprehensive analysis of the activities associated with specific occupational fields and occupations) to ensure that training plans enable effective acquisition of the right professional competences?
- To what extent are training plans aligned with the prerequisite aptitudes of prospective learners, with the different learning locations involved (vocational schools, host companies and branch courses), integration into the occupation and the ongoing development of competences at the workplace and during continuing training?
- How should language, communication and society (LSC) and vocational subjects be included in the training plan to boost the acquisition of professional competences?
- What relationship exists between the development of professional competences and other VET objectives such as developing one's personality and identity?
To ensure comprehensive methodological training, our team brings together knowledge and experience from different disciplines of fundamental and applied research.