There is a growing need for professional-scientific education in science, the labour market and society. However, many key players remain in traditional pillar thinking with regard to professional and scientific education and strong social forces maintain their institutional separation in the education system. The volume intends to reflect and to enhance the discourse on the relation and integration of professional and scientific education. In a series of contributions by well-known educational scientists from Germany and other countries, the theoretical, conceptual and practical design questions for a qualification are discussed, which sets the connectivity of scientific and professional education within and between courses into an integrative perspective.
The educational and qualification systems have been approaching internationally for years due to social and economic developments and requirements. In Germany as in other countries, numerous theoretically and empirically based approaches and measures have been developed for the whole range of associated problems, but without leading to sustainably connectable and synthetic approaches in the respective parts of the education system.
The volume intends to reflect and to enhance the discourse on the relation and integration of professional and scientific education. This discourse should focus on the central levels of action, i.e. the systemic relationships between academic education and profession, the level of the courses and the area of didactic design. The authors, well-known educational scientists from various disciplines from Germany and other countries, discuss at all three levels whether and, if so, how scientific and professional education can be subjected to a connectable and integrative design. In this sense professional-scientific education distinguishes itself from a systemic bound understanding of professional and scientific.
Dr. Volker Rein is Senior Research Associate, Department for Learning and Teaching, at the Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training in Bonn, Germany.
Dr. Dr. Johannes Wildt is a professor at the Center for Higher Education, Technical University Dortmund, Germany.
Lecturers and researchers in educational science