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Phusavat, K., Kongtong, T., Majava, J., Hidayanto, A., Pastuszak, Z. (2021) Experiencing work-integrated learning and training program: critical success factors for vocational education’s management. International Journal of Management in Education, 15 (2), 140-154.

Experiencing work-integrated learning and training program : critical success factors for vocational education’s management

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Author: Phusavat, Kongkiti1; Kongtong, Thanapan1; Majava, Jukka2;
Organizations: 1Department of Industrial Engineering, Kasetsart University 50, Ngam Wong Wan Rd, Bangkok 10900 Thailand
2Department of Industrial Engineering and Management, Oulu University, Pentti Kaiteran Katu 1, Linnanmaa 90014 Finland
3Department of Information Systems and Information Technology, Universitas Indonesia, Kampus UI Depok 16424 Indonesia
4Institute of Management and Quality Sciences, Department of Information Systems and SCM, Maria Curie-Sklodowska Univeristy, Pl. Marii Curie-Sklodowskiej 5, 20-031 Lublin, Poland
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Version: accepted version
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Language: English
Published: Inderscience, 2021
Publish Date: 2022-01-21


Vocational education has direct impacts on preparing and developing qualified workforce. During the past decade, vocational education has undergone many fundamental changes, especially the so-called work-integrated learning and training program. The study focuses on identifying the critical success factors to overcome the program’s weakness. Nominal Group Technique is applied during this investigation with the students who have completed their first year at one vocational college. Altogether five factors are identified; i.e., instructor skills, student evaluation, responsiveness to student needs, communication, and student psychology, which have to be part of improved vocational education’s management. These factors are generally consistent with the previous findings as more sharing of information and collaboration among a vocational school, a private firm, and a student is needed. Interestingly, the unexpected consequence from this study is increased motivation and more positive attitude towards the study’s program. This can be explained by the open-loop learning concept.

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Series: International journal of management in education
ISSN: 1750-385X
ISSN-E: 1750-3868
ISSN-L: 1750-385X
Volume: 15
Issue: 2
Pages: 140 - 154
DOI: 10.1504/IJMIE.2021.113524
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 222 Other engineering and technologies
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