Skill Formation: Interdisciplinary and Cross-National Perspectives

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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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521867528
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 2/29/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 264
  • Product dimensions: 6.18 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.87 (d)

Meet the Author

Karl Ulrich Mayer is Professor and Chair of Sociology at Yale University and Co-Director of the Center for Research on Inequalities and the Life Course (CIQLE). He is co-editor of After the Fall of the Wall: Life Courses in the Transformation of East Germany and The Berlin Aging Study: From 70 to 100 (Cambridge University Press).

Heike Solga is professor of sociology at the Institute for Sociology at the Georgia Augusta University Göttingen, Germany. She is a member of the board of directors of the Institute for Sociological Research Göttingen (SOFI), and from 2000-2005, she was head of the Independent Research Group named 'Lack of Training: Employment and Life Chances of the Less Educated' at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development.

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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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