Professor Simon McGrathDr Volker Wedekind Dr Jo-Anna Russon
The orthodox model of how to support VET system reform does not work in theory or practice. Moreover, the broader vision of Agenda 2030 and the SDGs make it irrelevant for the future.
We will examine the evidence regarding whether new approaches to African VET offer a better way forward for theory, policy and practice.
We will investigate the extent to which such new VET approaches address not just economic development but also intersectional disadvantage and environmental sustainability concerns.
We will draw on realist evaluation approaches, which are concerned to identify what different stakeholders think works (and doesn't work), when, where and why, and for whom.
We will examine four case studies:
We will answer four research questions:
We draw on three main theoretical traditions:
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