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Jan 5, 2014 | Uncategorized

Call for Papers

Mitigating TVET Quality and Standards as a basis for harmonising its systems at the national and regional levels

Paryono Paryono (SEAMEO VOCTECH), Chin Wei Keh (University of Brunei Darussalam), Phil Loveder (National Centre for Vocational Education Research/NCVER, Australia), and Georg Spoettl (University of Bremen) 

East and Southeast Asia are experiencing a rapid pace of economic development that call for continuous review of education and training systems. TVET reform processes at the national and regional levels are addressing the question of quality and standards. During the past decades a vast variety of different approaches in TVET were developed or introduced. These approaches were often inspired through transfer or adoption from other regions of the world. In consequence, a vast variety of TVET-systems were implemented in different countries in the region and may require continues review and adaptation. Some states have no coherent national TVET-system with a common underlying concept of quality. A vast variety of TVET approaches consequently employ different concepts of quality and quality manage­ment in TVET.

Standards in TVET differ from the concept of quality. In order to enhance the mobility of labour force, especially with respect to ASEAN Economic Community 2015 and ASEAN Free Trade Area (AFTA), standards will gain a wider importance at the regional level. Mutual recognition of learning outcome or certificates will only be achievable with standards that have similar underlying concept or structure.

The 4th issue aims at enhancing the discussion with respect to a coherent understanding of TVET quality and its underlying concepts. The editorial team of the 4th issue invite interested authors to contribute to TVET@Asia (, an online journal for the TVET community in Asia. The articles can be research- or practice- and policy-based papers with respect to TVET quality and standards as covered in the following questions:

  • What can be learned from the vast variety of TVET-approaches and their underlying concept and understanding of quality and/or standards with respect to the quality of labour force?
  • What concepts of quality and/or standards in TVET exist?
  • How can quality be measured and the results be used for further development and innovation?
  • What systems of quality management are being employed and how are they used to enhance continuously the quality and to steer the TVET system?

Please note that we can only publish papers that fulfil set requirements. Issues 1 to 3 ( may serve as reference.

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 publications to the editorial board via by July 25th (extended to September 5th), 2014;
Please use “form-abstract_tvet-online.docx” which you find with other forms for download at
2. Submit a draft by September 30th, 2014 ;
3. Send the finalised paper by October 30th, 2014;
4. Tentative publication date: end of November/beginning of December 2014


Thank you very much for your contribution.

Sincerely yours,
Paryono, Ph.D.
Chief editor, Issue 4

Editors of issue 4:



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> the full Call for Papers for Issue 3: pdfCfP Issue 4221.74 KB

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