Monthly Archives: September 2014

Training without a Soul

By Claudio de Moura Castro, Positivo, Belo Horizonte, Brazil. Brazil shared the traditional disdain of Iberian countries towards working with one`s hands. SENAI had a decisive role in reversing prejudice and creating a well-prepared labor force. Being a private agency, … Continue reading

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Back to the ‘Vocational Education’ Drawing Board: Do we Need Some Serious Re-visioning?

By Salim Akoojee, South Africa and Hong Kong. An August 2014 article in the Economist referred to the vocational sector as being the ‘detritus of an industrial era rather than the handmaiden of a new economy’. Citing the ‘twin curses … Continue reading

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The Post-2015 EFA Agenda: UNESCO and the New Global Education Network

By Maren Elfert, University of British Columbia. The run-up to the next round of Education for All (EFA) and development goals lends itself to a reflection about the political-economic underpinnings of the discussion about the future of EFA. The report … Continue reading

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Beyond Armed Conflict and Emergency: the Role of Education and Training in Tackling Urban Violence

By Jovana Carapic, and Luisa Phebo, Conflict, Violence, Education and Training (CVET) Programme, NORRAG. Urban spaces are going to be the locus of future armed conflict and organized violence. The signs are inescapable. One reason for this is that the … Continue reading

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Lessons From Chengdu (2): The Political Economy of Learning Metrics

By Trey Menefee , Hong Kong Institute of Education I argued in my previous NORRAG NEWSBite post, Lessons From Chengdu: The Case For ‘Open-Source’ Learning Metric Methods, that easily accessible non-proprietary learning metric methodologies would be a valuable asset to … Continue reading

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Lessons From Chengdu: The Case For ‘Open-Source’ Learning Metric Methods

By Trey Menefee, Hong Kong Institute of Education. A few years ago I tried to learn a research technique called Agent-Based Modeling (ABM) that is used to understand complex adaptive systems. The learning curve for ABM was high because it … Continue reading

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