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In-house experiential education after the Greek crisis: recessionary effects on experiential learning design and implementation of an effective vocational training

Albertos Azaria (Technological Educational Institute of Central Macedonia, Seres, Greece.)
Efthymios Valkanos (Department of Educational and Social Policy, University of Macedonia, Thessaloniki, Greece.)
Nick Dukakis (Department of Educational and Social Policy, University of Macedonia, Thessaloniki, Greece.)

Industrial and Commercial Training

ISSN: 0019-7858

Article publication date: 5 June 2017

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to examine the impact of the Greek recession on the design of adult vocational training through the financial crisis effects on entrepreneurship and, in particular, the significance of the conditions of the in-house experiential learning effective implementation in the new macroeconomic circumstances.

Design/methodology/approach

An overall theoretical approach is attempted through the bibliographic review and the analysis of selected scientific forums’ data.

Findings

The results of the literature review yielded 24 important factors-prerequisites that influence the implementation of in-house experiential adult education. The importance of the in-house experiential learning and the role of adult educators are emphasized in the direction of the essential skills acquisition that shall provide employees and enterprises with intellectual and practical assistance, so that they may adjust to the new macroeconomic environment.

Practical implications

This effort has provided a number of useful proposals to each recipient involved in adult education and training in order to reinforce the support of the business world as much as possible, especially during the time period of recession, and to reduce unemployment.

Originality/value

Starting from the fact that the macroeconomic recession itself constitutes an inevitable experience of an entire social, economic and educational system, the present study attempts a realistic approach of the significance of in-house experiential education and training in the direction of successful adjustment of enterprises, employees, adult educators and the State itself against the challenges of our times.

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Citation

Azaria, A., Valkanos, E. and Dukakis, N. (2017), "In-house experiential education after the Greek crisis: recessionary effects on experiential learning design and implementation of an effective vocational training", Industrial and Commercial Training, Vol. 49 No. 5, pp. 256-269. https://doi.org/10.1108/ICT-04-2017-0029

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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