A worldwide review of competence-based vocational and professional education. Read more.

Read about:

  • The importance of competence in society.
  • The competence construct in science and practice.
  • Definitions of competence, competency, competencies.
  • Contexts and functions of working with competence models.
  • Competence–based and competence–oriented vocational and professional education.
  • Three waves of CBV and PE.
  • Perennial questions on competence-based vocational education.
  • Summaries of competence studies.
  • Purpose of a global review on competence-based vocational and professional education.

in: Mulder, M. and J. Winterton (2017). Introduction. In: Mulder. M. (Ed.), Competence-Based Vocational and Professional Education. Bridging the Worlds of Work and Education. Cham, Switzerland: Springer, pp. 1-43.

Download this publication here: 2017 Mulder and Winterton – Competence Book – Chapter 1


Dear website visitor. In the light of the abuse of client data of Facebook-users, I have turned off my Facebook account. Not deleted yet, but that may follow. Instead, I am starting to post news and pictures only on this website. Pictures enough, while being in Andalusia for an extended stay.

New programme for international vocational education research

The German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) is investing in a new programme for international vocational education research. German Universities and Research Institutes can submit proposals. This initiative may serve as an example for other states and countries who want to move vocational education development and research to a higher platform. The initiative was introduced at an event at which I had the privilege to give a keynote speech together with Professor Hubert Ertl, the new Director of Research of the Federal Institute for Vocational Education. The full reference to the publication in which I summarized the main points of my input: Mulder, M (2018). New investment in international vocational education research by the German federal government. The Journal of Agricultural Education and Extension, 24(2), 115-119. Up to 50 downloads can be made via this page: https://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/C3JnKzEtRzBexKtx6uAZ/full

Business competence and export performance

Just published online: Birru, W.T., Runhaar, P., Zaalberg, R., Lans, T, & Mulder, M. (2018 Online). Explaining Organizational Export Performance by Single and Combined International Business Competencies, Journal of Small Business Management. DOI 10.1111/jsbm.1240.

Ted Outmaijer-De Bakker successfully presented her Master of Education thesis

On February 1st, Ted Outmaijer-De Bakker successfully presented her Master of Education thesis, entitled ‘Passend begeleiden en motiveren van (hoog)begaafde leerlingen’ (Adaptively supporting and motivating (highly) talented pupils). The study is situated in a large school for primary education in Tilburg, the ‘Koolhoven’. Very interesting: two pupils, Sophie van der Velden and Amber de Kort, from grades 7 and 8, who participated in this intervention study, came along. They presented themselves well and showed the fantastic Vlog they made about the type of education of the intervention. They were surely positive about the special treatment they got. They even had suggestions for teachers as to how to stimulate and coach them. Congratulations Ted with this success, and good luck with the next steps in your career. Thanks Dr. Martijn van Schaik for acting as assessor of this thesis. Thanks Sophie and Amber for being with us this afternoon, and assisting Mrs Outmaijer-De Bakker. Lots of success with your school careers!

Keynote Research of VET – International Perspective

Keynote ‘Research of VET on an International Perspective’ delivered at the information event for the new Funding line ‘Research on the Internationalization of Vocational Education and Training’ (IBBF), of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research in Bonn, Germany, January 30th, 2018. Thank you Dr. Henk van Liempt for the opportunity, and Antje Wessels and Hannes Barske for facilitating this. All professors and researchers who attended: success with your proposals. Check my PPT here.

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Rick Maatman, Wendy Keizer – Van der Veen en Maike Vlassak nieuwe Masters of Education

Op 29 januari, hebben Rick Maatman, Wendy Keizer-Van der Veen, en Maike Vlassak met succes hun scriptie voor de NCOI Masteropleiding Onderwijskunde verdedigd. De titels van de scripties zijn:

  • Rick Maatman is: Gepersonaliseerd leren en (leer)motivatie. Een praktijkonderzoek naar de invloed van gepersonaliseerd leren op het verhogen van (leer)motivatie van leerlingen binnen het Liemers College.
  • Wendy Keizer – Van der Veen: Netwerkleren, van theorie naar praktijk. Een onderzoek naar het stimuleren en faciliteren van netwerkleren als middel voor het maken van de transfer van het geleerde naar de praktijk.
  • Maike Vlassak: CITAVERDE College, de deelnemer aan zet. Deelnemersparticipatie in het kwaliteitszorgsysteem.

Dr. Joachim Wetterling was begeleider van Wendy en Maike en beoordelaar van Rick.

Alle drie de nieuwe Masters: van harte gefeliciteerd! Succes gewenst in jullie verdere loopbaan. Continue reading Rick Maatman, Wendy Keizer – Van der Veen en Maike Vlassak nieuwe Masters of Education