Skill Formation: Interdisciplinary and Cross-National Perspectives

Skill Formation: Interdisciplinary and Cross-National Perspectives

by Karl Ulrich Mayer, Heike Solga
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521867525

ISBN-13: 9780521867528

Pub. Date: 02/29/2008

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Skills are the scarcest resource in the 21st century. But there is surprisingly little consensus on how they are best acquired. This is the first book to provide an up-to-date analysis of the concept of skill formation within the social sciences and includes contributions of original research from leading scholars in psychology, economics, political science, and

Overview

Skills are the scarcest resource in the 21st century. But there is surprisingly little consensus on how they are best acquired. This is the first book to provide an up-to-date analysis of the concept of skill formation within the social sciences and includes contributions of original research from leading scholars in psychology, economics, political science, and sociology. This collection of essays addresses topics ranging from skill learning and measurement, to institutional and policy differences between countries, to skill formation across the life course and socioeconomic groups.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521867528
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
02/29/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
264
Product dimensions:
6.18(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.87(d)

Table of Contents

Part I. Cross-National Diversity in Skill Formation Regimes: Origins, Changes, and Institutional Variation in Individuals' Labor-Market Placements: 1. Institutions and collective actors in the provision of training: historical and cross-national comparisons Pepper D. Culpepper and Kathleen Thelen; 2. When traditions change and virtues become obstacles: skill formation in Britain and Germany Steffen Hillmert; Part II. The Economics and Sociology of Skill Formation: Access, Investments, and Returns to Education: 3. Why does the German apprenticeship system work? Christian Dustmann and Uta Schoenberg; 4. What do we know about training at work? Philip J. O'Connell and Jean-Marie Jungblut; 5. Qualifications and the returns to training across the life course Walter Mueller and Marita Jacob; 6. Lack of training: the employment opportunities of low-skilled persons from a sociological and microeconomic perspective Heike Solga; Part III. Individuals' Acquisition of Skills and Competencies: Learning Environments and Measurements of Skills: 7. Vocational and professional learning: skill formation between formal and situated learning Hans Gruber, Christian Harteis and Monika Rehrl; 8. How to compare the success of VET systems in skill formation? Martin Baethge, Frank Achtenhagen and Lena Arends.

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