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Learners’ Perceptions and Expectations in Professional Training and Higher Education: A Comparative Analysis from the German Context

  • Culture, at least to some extent, is related to particular (individual and collective) experiences. In terms of education, this means that a learner, who experienced particular services in his/her past, might perceive such services as usual for educational culture and thus, expect them to be delivered in any kind of learning scenario. In German universities, education is meant to be a full-time job and usually is designed to provide a broad basis of theoretical and methodological knowledge. Achieving methodological competences is a core goal of German academic education: Once a student leaves the university, he/she is expected to decide about appropriate methods for any kind of problem (in the field of study and beyond) and how to modify the known methods in case of need. In contrast, in professional training, the learners have to study in extra-occupational situations (time is a serious issue) and might expect training that pointedly prepares them for very specific tasks. We assumed that scenarios of professional training have their own educational cultures. When designing learning contents and learning scenarios for professional training, it might be essential for the learning success to meet the learners’ expectations and contextual peculiarities. We found remarkable differences between the results of the investigated enterprises, but even more significant diversity between the results of the German enterprises and the priory investigated German universities. As a general conclusion we can assume that generalizing research results that were solely achieved from national university students might lead to an inappropriate design of learning scenarios for particular professional contexts. Professional training for a particular enterprise should be developed according to its specific educational culture.

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Document Type:Conference Object
Author:Thomas Richter
Parent Title (English):Moreira Teixeira, Szücs et al. (Eds.): From Education to Employment and Meaningful Work with ICTs. Proceedings of the 23rd EDEN 2014 Annual Conference, Zagreb, Croatia
First Page:30
Last Page:39
Publication year:2014
Dewey Decimal Classification (DDC):3 Sozialwissenschaften / 30 Sozialwissenschaften, Soziologie / 306 Kultur und Institutionen
3 Sozialwissenschaften / 37 Bildung und Erziehung / 370 Bildung und Erziehung
Entry in this database:2018/10/19