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Gender Segregation in Vocational Education: Introduction

Gender Segregation in Vocational Education

ISBN: 978-1-78560-347-1, eISBN: 978-1-78560-346-4

ISSN: 0195-6310

Publication date: 18 November 2015


This introductory chapter develops the overall research focus and the aim of the present special issue ‘Gender segregation in vocational education’. Against the backdrop of strong horizontal gender segregation in vocational education and training (VET), we ask how institutional arrangements affect gendered (self-)selection into VET, and to what extent the patterns of the latter vary by context and over time. In order to expand our knowledge about the impact of educational offers and policies on gendered educational pathways and gender segregation in the labour market, we have gathered comparative quantitative studies that analyse the relationship between national variations in the organization of VET and cross-national differences in educational and occupational gender segregation from an institutional perspective. Following a review of the core literature within the field of gender segregation in VET, this introduction presents a discussion of education system classifications and institutional level mechanisms based on the contributions made in this volume. We then discuss gendered educational choices at the individual level, with particular emphasis on variation across the life course. Finally, we conclude our introductory chapter by commenting on the main contributions of the volume as a whole, as well as addressing suggestions for further research.



The authors would like to thank the Norwegian Research Council for financial support through the FINNUT program, project no. 234053 Comparative Study of Gender Segregation in VET – institutional and individual perspectives, and the VAM program, project no. 236770 Gender Segregation in the Labor Market: Comparative Perspectives and Welfare State Challenges.


Reisel, L., Hegna, K. and Imdorf, C. (2015), "Gender Segregation in Vocational Education: Introduction", Gender Segregation in Vocational Education (Comparative Social Research, Vol. 31), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 1-22.



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