WP8 - Qualitative interviews among experts

 

Coordination:

Technische Universitat Darmstadt, Germany

 

Focus groups or semi-structured interviews will be conducted with the decision makers, the experts, and the management of the VET schools. The questionnaire used in these interviews will be developed on the basis of the theoretical background (outcome of the WP 5) and will allow a comparison across the countries.

 

The group moderators will receive a prepared set of all the main themes (starting-points) which will be identical for all countries and will later be used in international comparisons. Some of the themes will also be country-specific.

 

The interviews will be conducted in units of 15-20 and a proportional selection will be established for each participating country and system.

 

The themes discussed will be the following: the flexibility of the VET programmes, effectiveness, transition possibilities, promotion, and attractiveness of the programme to a wider group of young people (of all abilities and backgrounds). The partners will provide transcripts of the interviews in their national language as well as their summaries in the English language.

 

8.1 Methodological approach

To make an international comparison possible, a methodology for selecting the participants should be carefully prepared. This includes selecting groups of participants, which should be the same in all countries (as to the selection of the experts), as well as preparing a main set of themes (questions) which will be the same for all countries. 

 

8.2 Interviews with the experts and national reports

The focus groups or structured interviews will be conducted according to the specifics of each country. The interviews will focus on the following themes: the flexibility of the VET programmes, effectiveness, transition possibilities, promotion and attractiveness of the programme to a wider group of young people (of all abilities and backgrounds). They will be based on the same international issues as well as the national issues. For the purpose of writing the transcripts, the interviews/focus groups will be tape recorded.

 

8.3 Final results on the interviews/ focus groups conducted in seven EU countries

Each country will provide transcripts in the national language and a summary of conclusions in English.

 

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