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Jan 16, 2017 | Uncategorized

Call for Papers

Informal Learning of Vocational Competences and Skills: Theoretical and practical perspectives

Kumar Kothandaraman (Indian Institute of Management Bangalore)
Jun Li (Tongji University Shanghai)
Matthias Pilz (University of Cologne)

Formation of vocational competencies and skills is an important economic, political, and educational issue in many countries. Beside the formal TVET-system, informal learning takes place in many forms and has an important impact. In some countries, informal learning covers entirely the major part of vocational learning activities. In other countries, informal learning is being integrated into formal TVET-systems or being enriched by non-formal learning. Furthermore, the accreditation of prior experiential learning (APEL) and validation of informal leaning is a field of continuous development, especially for highly formal TVET-systems and in Higher Education.

While “Formal learning takes place in education and training institutions, leading to recognized diplomas and qualifications […] Informal learning is a natural accompaniment to everyday life. Unlike formal and non-formal learning, informal learning is not necessarily intentional learning and so may well not be recognized even by individuals themselves as contributing to their knowledge and skills” UNESCO (2012).

It is striking that even though informal learning is so important the number of researchers in the field is quite small, especially when it comes to country specific approaches in Asia. We do not know a lot about how learning takes place in different working situations, long-term results, or how learning conditions and surroundings influences informal learning in private life, the local labor market, and the national economy in Asian countries.  In addition, the interaction between the formal education system and the procedures of informal learning is widely unknown.

This call is inviting contributions covering a wide range of topics on informal learning of vocational competences and skills, focusing on but not limited to the following themes:

  • status quo reflections of informal learning in Asian countries
  • theoretical approaches on informal learning
  • empirical studies on informal learning in working life conditions
  • comparative studies of informal learning in different Asian countries
  • approaches and practical implications of validation and accreditation of prior learning experiences (APEL)

We invite scholars, scientists, practitioners and TVET teachers in TVET to contribute to the upcoming issue #10 of TVET@Asia, addressing the questions being discussed and the topics above.

Call for Papers: 30th of June 2017


Open to any interested author.


  1. Please send an abstract of no more than one page, a short CV/profile (half page) and a list of selected publications to the editorial board via by June 30th, 2017;
    Please use “form-abstract_tvet-online.docx” which you find with other forms for download at
  2. Notification of abstract acceptance: July 10th, 2017
  3. Submit a draft full paper by September 30th, 2017;
  4. Notification of acceptance and peer review until October 31st, 2017
  5. Send the finalised and formatted paper by November 30th, 2017;
  6. Tentative publication date: December 31st, 2017

We look forward to receiving your contributions.

Sincerely yours,
Kumar Kothandaraman, Li Jun, and Matthias Pilz
Chief Editors, Issue 10

Editors of issue 10:


UNESCO (2012). UNESCO guidelines for the Recognition, Validation and Accreditation of the Outcomes of Non-formal and Informal Learning. Hamburg: UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning, 9.


> the template for the article doctemplate_TVETAsia_i10.doc240 KB

> the form for the abstract docxform-abstract_tvet-online.docx 24.36 KB

> the form to submit the authors profile docxprofile 48.39 KB

> the full Call for Papers for Issue 10: pdfCfP_Issue-10_TVETAsia.pdf369.49 KB


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