On the 9th of april, Dr Wilhelm Koschel and Katharina Kettler presented selected study results from the LimCare project to practice instructors. The 33 participating practice instructors were given an insight into the empirical findings that emerged from the preliminary study. Through the interactive workshop, the LimCare team was able to validate the preliminary study results once again and the practice instructors were given the opportunity to engage with the topic of hermeneutic case understanding.

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Edited volume on workplace education personnel published

Prof. Dr. Ulrike Weyland is a co-editor of the newly released publication „Betriebliches Bildungspersonal als Promotor betrieblicher Bildungsprozesse. Zur Legitimation und Konzeption berufsbegleitender Studienangebote". The edited volume, published by wbv-Verlag, presents key findings and results of the HumanTec research project, which focused on developing part-time study programs for the professionalization of vocational training personnel in the human services and technology sectors. The Vocational-Education Workgroup also contributed to several chapters in the new volume.


Successful execution of an expert workshop for the LimCare project

On February 6th, 2024, as part of the preliminary study for the LimCare project, an expert workshop took place in the castle of the University of Münster. The workshop aimed to validate the results of the preliminary study through selected experts. After an introduction by the overall project manager, Prof. Dr. Ulrike Weyland, the results of the preliminary study were presented, followed by the resulting theoretical modelling. Subsequently, experts from theory and practice in the field of vocational education (in-company training) in the context of the nursing profession had time to discuss selected results of the quantitative and qualitative preliminary study.
Further information can be found on the project's homepage.


PfleBuKoM successfully completes first interview study

Nationwide, 28 interviews were conducted with study programme directors regarding teacher training in nursin

The PfleBuKoM project focuses on current teacher training study programmes in the nursing domain. With the legislation of the PflBG, it is expected that these various study programmes will gain new dynamics. In the second half of 2023, a total of 28 interviews were conducted and evaluated according to scientific criteria. The transcripts were analysed based on an evidence-based manual. Based on the developed transfer design, the codes were quantified and subsequently analysed using dependency analysis. At the same time, numerous colleges and universities participated in an accompanying survey. The results will be published shortly.
Following the complete evaluation of the obtained data, a stakeholder analysis will be conducted in the first quarter of 2024, which will use individual or dyadic interviews to record the perspective of the responsible state ministries. The project will conclude in November 2024 with the publication of recommendations for the further development of teacher training in nursing.

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Ulrike Weyland continues to advise the Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training

Prof Dr Ulrike Weyland has once again been appointed to the Scientific Advisory Board of the Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (BIBB). The head of the Vocational Education Working Group at the Institute of Educational Science at the University of Münster is thus one of nine experts currently advising the BIBB on its research work. She will support BIBB's Scientific Advisory Board with her expertise in vocational education research and many years of experience in cooperating with vocational education experts from science and research as well as vocational education practice. The appointment was made by the President of BIBB, Prof. Dr Friedrich Hubert Esser, in agreement with the Federal Ministry of Education and Research and is valid for a further four years.

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Start of the project "Teacher cooperation in the context of digital school development (KoKon)" (2023 - 2026)

The joint project "Teacher cooperation in the context of digital school development" (KoKon) was launched in August 2023 and is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) as part of the learning:digital competence network. To kick off the project, all participants gathered for a closed conference in Berlin from 3rd to 5th October 2023. During the closed meeting, conceptual cornerstones were discussed, and a shared research strategy was established. The joint project is divided into 11 sub-projects. Sub-project 7 focuses on competence development according to DigCompEdu in the context of school development through collaborative teaching development with a focus on the vocational disciplines of health and nursing under the leadership of Prof. Dr. Ulrike Weyland and Dr. Wilhelm Koschel.
Further information about the KoKon project can also be found on our project website for sub-project 7 (health and care) and on the website of the project organiser.

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In October 2023, Katja Driesel-Lange and Ulrike Weyland were able to launch the BMBF-funded project DIGIBO BEST! Developing and managing vocational orientation at schools with digital tools. The aim is to create a tool through joint (further) development with schools that promotes school-specific and quality-led development of vocational orientation. To this end, cooperation with 20 secondary schools in North Rhine-Westphalia is being sought. Based on the current scientific discourse, seven development-critical areas in schools were identified, which must be considered on a school-specific basis.  
The tool aims to initially visualise school-specific vocational orientation in these seven areas in order to provide schools with a status quo. The tool will also provide potential for the next development steps and specific materials based on the status quo that has been determined.


Conclusion of the project "Analysis of learning tasks in vocational training in nursing under the focus on cognitive activation"

The joint project "Analysis of learning tasks in vocational training in nursing under the focus on cognitive activation," funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG), was successfully completed in September 2023 in cooperation with Prof. Dr. Bärbel Wesselborg (Fliedner University of Applied Sciences Düsseldorf) and Prof. Dr. Marc Kleinknecht (Leuphana University Lüneburg). Initial findings were presented at the Research Congress (25th/26th May 2023) "Shaping Education and Care in Nursing Together" by the Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (BIBB) and at the European Conference on Educational Research (ECER) (22nd to 25th August 2023) "The Value of Diversity in Education and Educational Research." Further information on the results can be found in the following contribution.


Participation in the 2023 annual conference of the vocational and economic education section of the German Educational Research Association (DGfE)

From 6th to 8th September 2023, the Annual Conference 2023 of the Vocational and Economic Education Section of the DGfE took place at European University of Flensburg. The overarching theme of the conference was: Freedom - Vocational Education - Responsibility. The Vocational-Education Workgroup, led by Prof. Dr. Ulrike Weyland, took part with a symposium titled "Research on Vocational Education in the Health and Care Sector and its Education Staff – Current Approaches and Empirical Findings." As part of the symposium, projects were presented in which the Vocational Pedagogy Working Group is currently involved. Meike Nienkötter delivered a presentation on the topic "Development of a science-based concept for a web-based training programme for the online recruitment of trainees in nursing professions." Additionally, Kristin Klar presented the project "Vocational Nursing Education with a Focus on Cognitive Activation – a qualitative survey of school education staff and analysis of learning tasks." Dr. Wilhelm Koschel presented initial results of the LimCare project.


Promotion of early career researchers in the context of vocational teacher training in the WiNaLehramt!

The Vocational Education Working Group is part of a collaborative project to attract young academics in educational research.

Together with Leibniz University Hannover (overall project management), Eberhard Karls University Tübingen, and Dresden University of Technology, the University of Münster, is participating in the project "Inspiring Young Researchers from Teaching" (WiNaLehramt!) along with the Vocational-Education Workgroup and the Developmental Psychological Requirements for Education and Teaching unit. This collaborative project aims to support and motivate student teachers and teaching staff in their decision to pursue a doctorate and in the transition to doctoral studies. Over the course of two years (2023-2025), four sub-sections will be developed and implemented: (1) Development of a core curriculum, (2) digital basic and in-depth lectures, (3) a mentoring program, and (4) cross-location networking meetings. The Vocational-Education Workgroup (Prof. Dr. Ulrike Weyland and Dr. Wilhelm Koschel) and the Developmental Psychology Unit (Prof. Dr. Manfred Holodynski) are involved in the project with a subcontract. In this subcontract, in-depth lectures on the topics of digitalisation, professional teaching perception, practical phases and teaching quality are being designed at the University of Münster. In addition, a network meeting will take place at the Münster location in spring 2025, at which the mentors and mentees will discuss the topics and potential doctoral projects.


Expert talks on teacher training. Research. Discourse. Perspectives.

The Vocational-Education Workgroup is also involved in the second season of the online event series "Fachgespräche Lehrerinnen- und Lehrerbildung. Forschung. Diskurs. Perspektiven."
Prof. Dr. Ulrike Weyland is responsible for the following two events together with Prof. Dr. Manfred Holodynski: Teacher Training in a Digitised World (01/02/23), Practical Phases in Teacher training: Approaches and Research Findings (07/06/23).


In spring 2023, the University of Münster and the Institute for Vocational Teacher Training (IBL) at the University of Applied Sciences Münster honoured the graduates of the cooperative degree programme in teaching at vocational colleges in the auditorium of Münster Castle. On this evening, Prof. Dr. Ulrike Weyland (UM), Prof. Dr. Katja Driesel-Lange (UM), and Prof. Dr. Julia Kastrup (IBL), along with approximately 150 companions congratulated the 30 graduates on their successful completion of a bachelor's or master's degree. The graduates were welcomed by the Dean Prof. Dr. Thorsten Quandt (Department of Education and Social Sciences, UM) and Naemi Baade, representative of the Student Council for Teaching at Vocational Colleges.
Before all graduates were individually recognised for their achievements, the programme included a keynote speech by Prof. Dr. Katja Driesel-Lange on the topic "Professional Orientation as a Subject in Teacher Education" and a panel discussion. Organisers from the various stages of teacher training discussed the current challenges and perspectives of teacher training at vocational colleges. Anna-Sophie Brosig and Sebastian Kurz provided a worthy musical backdrop, showcasing their remarkable skills through a selection of songs from various musical genres.
Once again, we wish our graduates all the best for their future professional and personal endeavours!


Final conference of the research and transfer project EKGe

Over a period of three years, the BMBF-funded project focused on typical occupational stress, cooperative requirements and training conditions for nursing staff and aimed to record and specifically promote skills in dealing with stress as well as cooperative skills. Now that the data collection has been completed, findings are available that were presented at this final conference and discussed together with nursing staff, practice instructors, nursing teachers and researchers.


Project to develop a web-based training programme for personnel managers for the online recruitment of trainees in nursing professions successfully completed

Consulting service at the Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (BIBB) prolonged

After two years, the project "Development of a science-based concept for a web-based training programme and implementation of training courses for the online recruitment of trainees in nursing professions" was successfully completed at the end of March. In this internal joint project of the Institute of Education (Vocational-Education Workgroup and Career Guidance Research Group) and the Institute of Communication Science (Chair of Empirical communication research), a digitally supported training programme was developed and tested for personnel managers in nursing facilities and schools, as well as those responsible for cooperation in nursing education. The aim of the programme is to enable the target group of personnel managers to effectively engage potential trainees in a differentiated manner via the homepage.
At the end of the project, the training concept was handed over to the project sponsor, the Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (BIBB), on whose website the concept is available free of charge in the form of a counselling service.


Keynote speech on digitalisation in vocational education and training

At the invitation of the Ministry of Labour, Health, and Social Affairs (MSB) of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia, Prof. Dr. Ulrike Weyland and Dr. Wilhelm Koschel presented selected research findings on digitalisation in vocational education and training. The strategy workshop on March 24, 2023, was entitled: "Digital Transformation in Vocational Education and training – tasks of the Dual Partners in the Context of Learning Venue Cooperation: Digital Infrastructure, Learning Venue Organisation, and Pedagogical-Didactic Concepts". The NRW State Committee for Vocational Education was invited to this strategy workshop. The specific focus of this keynote speech was on the reinterpretation of so-called "boundary objects" in the context of AI-supported learning venue cooperation. Taking constructivist and connectivist references into account, this presentation analysed the opportunities and risks for vocational education and training. The keynote speech marked the beginning of further collaboration between the MSB and the Vocational-Education Workgroup. In future, joint research and development projects will be used to gain insights into the extent to which digitalisation can be implemented in vocational education and training in a targeted manner.


Conference on health in the context of the 22nd higher education days for vocational education and training

Prof. Dr. Ulrike Weyland and Prof. Dr. Marisa Kaufhold held a symposium entitled "Skilled labour requirements in the healthcare sector – stocktaking, approaches and perspectives" at this year's Higher Education Days for Vocational Education and Training. The general topic of the Higher Education Days for Vocational Education 2023 "Securing skilled labour future-orientated qualification, social participation and integration through vocational education and training" was examined in the health conference from the domain-related perspective of various healthcare professions and possible approaches to dealing with specific needs. Attention was also given to the situation of school education staff, for whom staff shortages are also becoming apparent. After a thematic introduction on the first day of the conference, which also incorporated the perspectives and experiences of the conference participants, a profession-specific look was taken at the medical and therapeutic healthcare professions, highlighting the particular problems and challenges in each case. The perspective on the need for skilled labour was broadened to include the situation of school education staff in the healthcare professions. On the second day of the conference, approaches from both science and practice were taken up to show possible ways of dealing with the existing need for skilled labour. This included discussions on the role of company career guidance in the recruitment and retention of skilled workers, as well as insights into project-specific approaches. In addition, vocational/company training and its role and importance in the context of increasing demand for skilled labour was also discussed.


LimCare: New research and development project

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the nursing profession was often at the centre of attention. It was emphasised as systemically relevant and received significant attention in various aspects of social discourse. In the meantime, processes in hospitals and care facilities have largely adapted to the pre-pandemic period, but it remains unclear to what extend the COVID crisis could affect nursing care services in the medium to long term and what compensatory mechanisms should be initiated today to make the nursing profession or nursing education more resilient to crises. This is where the project "COVID-related limitations in the practical training of trainees in the nursing profession" (LimCare) comes in.