Call for Papers: Vocational education and training in the Nordic countries / Special issue of the Journal of Professional and Vocational Education 2/2018


Vocational education and training in the Nordic countries
Special issue of the Journal of Professional and Vocational Education 2/2018 (Ammattikasvatuksen aikakauskirja, peer-reviewed) 

We invite researchers, practitioners and other experts to contribute to the special second 2018 issue of the Finnish Journal of Vocational and Professional Education. The Nordic countries are often grouped together as a coherent group of Nordic welfare states, based on their high positions in several international comparisons. For example, in each of the Nordic countries, the difference in income equality is relatively modest and life satisfaction high, while high confidence in national government and low infant mortality rates make them special according to OECD’s comparisons. Nordic countries are further distinguished for their investments in education on the basis of Eurostat’s reports.

In order to develop Finnish education, models and ideas have often been sought from other Nordic countries. As early as the 1820s, following the model of other Nordic countries, Finnish Sunday schools were organized to teach literacy, numeracy and religion to apprentices and journeymen in urbanizing coastal towns. Since then, vocational education and training (VET) has developed into its own specific model in each Nordic country. In particular, learning in the workplace and apprenticeship training have diverged in their models of VET. In Finland, VET and general upper secondary education offer separate routes to the labour market and higher education. In Denmark, the dual training system is supplemented with vocationally oriented general education programmes, such as htx and hhx. In Norway, the 2+2 model combines school-based education and apprenticeships. In Sweden, apprenticeships have been recently introduced to complement upper secondary education programs.

Transferring and adopting parts of other countries’ education systems in Finland is not possible due to historical diversification of the institutions and their cultures, but it is possible to compare and learn from each other’s efforts to adapt and respond to the ever-changing conditions. We welcome contributions focusing on VET (youth and adult) and higher education in the Nordic countries to this special issue.

The submitted original research articles, comparisons, commentary essays, reviews, book reviews, and summaries could be related to themes such as:

  • Vocational teacher education in the Nordic countries

  • Development of education and training (including ICT solutions and learning platforms, simulations, etc.), qualifications, study programmes, qualification structure and apprenticeship training in the Nordic countries

  • Transitions from VET to the world of work and higher education in the Nordic countries

  • Skill demand forecasts and educational planning in the Nordic countries.

The special issue is edited by Marianne Teräs (PhD, Department of Education, Stockholm University) and Maarit Virolainen (PhD, Finnish Institute for Educational Research, University of Jyväskylä). Please email an abstract of your proposed manuscript to the editors by October 15, 2017. By October 30, 2017, the editors will provide feedback on the abstracts and invite full manuscript submissions. The full manuscripts must be compliant with journal guidelines and must be submitted by email (as attachments in .doc or .docx format) by January 15, 2018 to and All manuscripts should contain the following information: Title; author(s) name(s), email address(es) and affiliation(s); abstract (max 200 words); and keywords (3–5).

Peer-reviewed scientific articles: 5 000 words (max), including references, should be formatted in APA style. Exemplary manuscripts will be structured as follows: Introduction, Background/Theoretical Framework, Method, Results, Discussion, References.

Non-refereed articles and reviews: 2 500 words (max), including references.

Journal of Professional and Vocational Education (JPVE) has been publishing scientific articles written in Finnish, Swedish and English since 1998. JPVE publishes both empirical and theoretical articles and reviews on topics such as workplace learning, technology-enhanced learning, development of expertise and professional identity, among other topics. The journal is published in four issues per year, and it follows a double-blind review process. JPVE is classified as a type 1 (basic) scientific publication in the (Finnish) Publication Forum Project (see For more information about the Journal of Vocational and Professional Education and a selection of sample articles, please visit the JPVE website at professional-vocational-education/. 

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