Vocational education and research: the case of Regional Learning

  • Franciscus De Jong (Invited speaker)

Activity: Talk or presentation typesConference contribution (without a publication)Professional


A study was carried out in a Dutch vocational education and training (VET) college, where a new (at the time still loosely-defined) educational concept named ‘Regional Learning’ (RL) was introduced several years ago. The college engaged the authors to contribute to the development of the concept by generating insights in the kinds of learning that takes place in RL practice and into the use of roles and pedagogical instruments to support learning. The aim of the research was to support the further development of the RL concept and practice. The research consisted of: 1) document analysis, 2) interviews and observations in educational practice, and 3) co-creation sessions with students, teachers and researchers. The results show that: 1) the RL concept had not yet been properly established when it was introduced in the VET college, 2) difficulties were encountered in combining the existing curriculum with the new concept and establishing new routines, and 3) co-creation produced ideas and plans for the further development of RL. In the discussion we will also talk about the narrative of the applied participatory practice-based research approach. Reflection learns that this kind of research requires specific conditions and explicit, constant attention by all participants.
Period28 Apr 2021
Event titleIVETA EUROPE REGIONAL CONFERENCE: Sustainable Innovative Teaching + Learning
Event typeConference
LocationDublin, IrelandShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational