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Policy transfer of VET practices from Germany to Brazil: Failure or success?

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The education models adopted in Brazil have generated structural problems and did not support the qualification of a skilled workforce. At the same time Brazil’s VET system is being suffocated by its rapid economic growth. Therefore, the author suggests the initiation of a VET policy learning process (Dolowitz & Marsh, 1996) and a potential VET policy transfer from Germany to Brazil. However, the implementation of a policy transfer is likely to face numerous challenges: The system should be adapted to the local cultural, educational and contemporary business environment (Dicken, 1998). Thus, through an in-depth analysis of contextual factors and political aspects this research seeks to identify factors that inhibit or facilitate such a policy transfer. The author has conducted a literature review including available sources from Brazil and 3 interviews with stakeholders from a model school, called IFPA, in Brazil that has implemented dual structures. This case study indicates that dual VET structures function well in the Brazilian context and could be adapted by other schools as well. A transfer of the German dual system to Brazil could help to redefine the role of VET in Brazil and assist to restructure and innovate VET policy. Based on the case study analysis the author advocates for change in the Brazilian VET system in order to remedy its need for a qualified workforce and reduce its reliance on a foreign workforce.

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Kauer, Marcelo. "Policy transfer of VET practices from Germany to Brazil: Failure or success?" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 55th Annual Conference of the Comparative and International Education Society, Fairmont Le Reine Elizabeth, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, <Not Available>. 2014-11-26 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p486341_index.html>

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Kauer, M. "Policy transfer of VET practices from Germany to Brazil: Failure or success?" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 55th Annual Conference of the Comparative and International Education Society, Fairmont Le Reine Elizabeth, Montreal, Quebec, Canada <Not Available>. 2014-11-26 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p486341_index.html

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Abstract: The education models adopted in Brazil have generated structural problems and did not support the qualification of a skilled workforce. At the same time Brazil’s VET system is being suffocated by its rapid economic growth. Therefore, the author suggests the initiation of a VET policy learning process (Dolowitz & Marsh, 1996) and a potential VET policy transfer from Germany to Brazil. However, the implementation of a policy transfer is likely to face numerous challenges: The system should be adapted to the local cultural, educational and contemporary business environment (Dicken, 1998). Thus, through an in-depth analysis of contextual factors and political aspects this research seeks to identify factors that inhibit or facilitate such a policy transfer. The author has conducted a literature review including available sources from Brazil and 3 interviews with stakeholders from a model school, called IFPA, in Brazil that has implemented dual structures. This case study indicates that dual VET structures function well in the Brazilian context and could be adapted by other schools as well. A transfer of the German dual system to Brazil could help to redefine the role of VET in Brazil and assist to restructure and innovate VET policy. Based on the case study analysis the author advocates for change in the Brazilian VET system in order to remedy its need for a qualified workforce and reduce its reliance on a foreign workforce.


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