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The role of Finnish WorldSkills Competition Participants' Natural Abilities, Intrinsic Characteristics, and Extrinsic Conditions to Their Vocational Talent Development

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Petri Nokelainen - Speaker

Pylväs Laura Format of Presentation: Paper Alternative EERA Network: 01. Continuing Professional Development: Learning for Individuals, Leaders, and Organisations Topics: NW 02: Work-based learning, partnership of learning venues (e.g. research on apprenticeships) Keywords: vocational education, career and technical education, expertise, excellence, characteristics, skills competitions The role of Finnish WorldSkills Competition Participants' Natural Abilities, Intrinsic Characteristics, and Extrinsic Conditions to Their Vocational Talent Development Petri Nokelainen, Laura Pylväs University of Tampere, Finland Since 70’s, vocational career path has been ‘the second choice’ for the most Finnish young people. Traditional vocations, such as cook or plumber, were not holding a high status when compared to academic professions. Also the quality of vocational education and training (VET) was deemed to be low. Also European Comission has stated in several occasions, most lately in the 2011-2020 VET development plan that right skills are needed as labour market requirements are changing rapidly (EC, 2010). According to the document (p.9), one viable strategy is to "organise activities aimed at promoting VET attractiveness and excellence, which may include campaigns and skills competitions." EC supported the first European Skills Competition (EuroSkills) in vocational education and training in the Netherlands in 2008. Over 400 competitors from 29 countries and nearly 27000 visitors participated in the event. The second EuroSkills in Lisbon in 2010 was also supported by EC, attracting now over 60000 visitors. Also WorldSkills competitions are gaining increasing interest around the world. When United Kingdom hosted the last WorldSkills Competition in London in 2011, more than 220 000 visitors watched 950 international competitors from 52 countries working for four days on 46 skill categories. In this paper, we investigate the role of natural abilities (MI theory), intrinsic characteristics (self-regulation), and extrinsic conditions (domain and non-domain related factors) to the talent development of young Finnish individuals who participate in international skills competitions. Further, we investigate whether these characteristics of the most and least successful competitors differ.
10 Sep 2013

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TitleEuropean Conference on Educational Research (ECER) by the European Educational Research Association (EERA)
Period10/09/13 → …
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CityIstanbul
CountryTurkey

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