Title PraeLAB - Qualification of staff in vocational education concerning the identification and counseling of apprentices with a high dropout risk
Project Number DE/10/LLP-LdV/TOI/147301
Product Pedagogical framework for a didactic-methodical approach
Title Pedagogical framework for a didactic-methodical approach
Product Type program or curricula
Description An educational framework for a didactic and methodological approach to the early detection and counselling of "at risk" groups in vocational training. New initiatives for the prevention of dropout through vocational counselling have been developed and implemented into specific diagnostic and counselling approaches.
Target group vocational trainers, teachers,vocational counsellors, case managers, those involved in the training of young people, those with responsibilities for vocational training professionals who wish to offer them the possibility of further training
The concept is based on the assumption that the focal point in dealing with dropout from vocational training needs to be shifted to early detection and prevention. To this end, viable concepts were supposed to be developed, tested, and implemented through the qualification of vocational training professionals. Special importance within the framework is given to the active inclusion of trainees, who are encouraged to use the online tool to diagnose themselves a latent or marked dropout inclination and to reflect on it. This constitutes a major step forward compared to most procedures which mainly rely on third-party assessment.
However the didactic framework had to refrain from making the online tool the sole key to prevent dropout from vocational training as a number of previous studies has clearly shown that the causes are multi-layered.
The didactic framework concept that is currently in place connects the following four areas:
(a) Measures of vocational guidance at school to prepare and support the transition into vocational training (1st transition).
(b) Qualified counselling, information and support during vocational training as well as outreach counselling for young people who drop out completely from education.
(c) Preparation of and support in the transition into employment (2nd transition)
The project combines the smK72+ online tool with counselling approaches that are specifically aimed at dropout prevention. What mattered most in this innovative approach was that the information gained with the help of the smK72+ instrument could be interpreted from the perspective of selected theories of occupational development and implemented through adequate counselling based on operative theories.
3. Training Concept
The pilot training (a three-day training course) for vocational training staff plays a pivotal role in the elaboration of the didactic framework. The curriculum includes background information on dropout from vocational training, use of the smK72+ online tool and interpretation of the data obtained, classroom feedback with demand-oriented teaching models, methodology of a counselling session based on the results obtained from the tool, and consequences for dropout prevention.
4. Sustainable Training Concept
Based on a systematic evaluation and discussion of the pilot training, a final training concept for the qualification of teaching and counselling staff will be developed.
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