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Understanding adults’ strong problem-solving skills based on PIAAC

(2017) JOURNAL OF WORKPLACE LEARNING. 29(7-8). p.537-553
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Purpose Research has shown that the problem-solving skills of adults with a vocational education and training (VET) background in technology-rich environments (TREs) are often inadequate. However, some adults with a VET background do have sound problem-solving skills. The present study aims to provide insight into the socio-demographic, work-related and everyday life factors that are associated with a strong problem-solving performance. Design/methodology/approach The study builds on large-scale data of the Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC) and gives insight into VET adults (N = 12,929) with strong problem-solving skills in 11 European countries. Findings This study introduces new knowledge with respect to the socio-demographic, work-related and everyday life background factors that contribute to successful VET adults’ problem-solving skills. The findings of the authors illustrate that a continuous process of development including non-formal and informal activity, as well as learning taking place at work, is associated with strong performance in problem-solving skills in TRE. Research limitations/implications An important implication of this study is that this paper introduces novel knowledge for VET adults’ competences and can be used to support the development of VET adults’ problem-solving skills in TREs. Originality/value The study was conducted to explore new understanding about good problem-solvers in TREs with a VET background. The originality of the study derives from its focus on good problem-solvers in TREs related to a VET background. The findings can be used to create novel ways to enhance the development of VET adults’ problem-solving skills in TREs.
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Vocational education and training (VET), Large-scale assessment, Problem-solving skills, Technology-rich environments, The Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies “PIAAC”, Working life

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Hämäläinen, Raija, Bram De Wever, Kari Nissinen, and Sebastiano Cincinnato. 2017. “Understanding Adults’ Strong Problem-solving Skills Based on PIAAC.” Journal of Workplace Learning 29 (7-8): 537–553.
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Hämäläinen, R., De Wever, B., Nissinen, K., & Cincinnato, S. (2017). Understanding adults’ strong problem-solving skills based on PIAAC. JOURNAL OF WORKPLACE LEARNING, 29(7-8), 537–553.
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Hämäläinen R, De Wever B, Nissinen K, Cincinnato S. Understanding adults’ strong problem-solving skills based on PIAAC. JOURNAL OF WORKPLACE LEARNING. Emerald; 2017;29(7-8):537–53.
MLA
Hämäläinen, Raija et al. “Understanding Adults’ Strong Problem-solving Skills Based on PIAAC.” JOURNAL OF WORKPLACE LEARNING 29.7-8 (2017): 537–553. Print.
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  abstract     = {Purpose

Research has shown that the problem-solving skills of adults with a vocational education and training (VET) background in technology-rich environments (TREs) are often inadequate. However, some adults with a VET background do have sound problem-solving skills. The present study aims to provide insight into the socio-demographic, work-related and everyday life factors that are associated with a strong problem-solving performance.

Design/methodology/approach

The study builds on large-scale data of the Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC) and gives insight into VET adults (N = 12,929) with strong problem-solving skills in 11 European countries.

Findings

This study introduces new knowledge with respect to the socio-demographic, work-related and everyday life background factors that contribute to successful VET adults’ problem-solving skills. The findings of the authors illustrate that a continuous process of development including non-formal and informal activity, as well as learning taking place at work, is associated with strong performance in problem-solving skills in TRE.

Research limitations/implications

An important implication of this study is that this paper introduces novel knowledge for VET adults’ competences and can be used to support the development of VET adults’ problem-solving skills in TREs.

Originality/value

The study was conducted to explore new understanding about good problem-solvers in TREs with a VET background. The originality of the study derives from its focus on good problem-solvers in TREs related to a VET background. The findings can be used to create novel ways to enhance the development of VET adults’ problem-solving skills in TREs.},
  author       = {Hämäläinen, Raija and De Wever, Bram and Nissinen, Kari and Cincinnato, Sebastiano},
  issn         = {1366-5626},
  journal      = {JOURNAL OF WORKPLACE LEARNING},
  keywords     = {Vocational education and training (VET),Large-scale assessment,Problem-solving skills,Technology-rich environments,The Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies “PIAAC”,Working life},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {7-8},
  pages        = {537--553},
  publisher    = {Emerald},
  title        = {Understanding adults’ strong problem-solving skills based on PIAAC},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/jwl-05-2016-0032},
  volume       = {29},
  year         = {2017},
}

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