MoVE – Vocational Excellence

MoVE Research on Vocational Excellence

Longitudinal research (2007-2014) on three research projects (MoVE, AVE, PaVE) has provided education institutions with strategies to improve vocational teacher education and Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture to further develop vocational education curriculum. The research has supported the development of vocational teacher training seminars, instructional material and expert networks, such as “Skills Trainers Academy”. The research also points to ways in which the quality and relevance of vocational outcomes can be enhanced by offering vocational education students opportunities to develop the attributes and characteristics associated with excellence. Findings have been reported on both national and international forums.

Modeling Vocational Excellence (MoVE, 2007-2008)

This study investigated predictors of vocational excellence in the context of international World Skills Competitions (WSC) with empirical samples of Finnish VET students. The study resulted to a theoretical model of Vocational Excellence (VE) and an operationalisation of the model, the Vocational Excellence Indicators Questionnaire (VEIQ).

Actualizing Vocational Excellence (AVE, 2009-2011)

This study investigated the role of World Skills Competition (WSC) participants natural abilities, intrinsic characteristics and extrinsic conditions to their talent development with qualitative and quantitative samples.

Pathways to Vocational Excellence (PaVE, 2012-2014)

This study investigated the characteristics and future working life expectations of young individuals who participated in international World Skills Competition (WSC) (e.g., plumbing, hair dressing, welding). More specifically, the goal was to understand the role of natural abilities, intrinsic characteristics and extrinsic conditions to the development of exceptional vocational talent.

Recent Publications:

  • Nokelainen, P., (in press). Characteristics of Vocational Excellence: Case Study with Finnish World Skills Competition Participants. To appear in Talent Development and Excellence.
  • Nokelainen, P., Pylväs, L., & Rintala, H. (in press). Skills Competitions for Promoting Vocational Excellence. To appear in International Handbook of Education for the Changing World of Work. Cham: Springer.
  • Pylväs, L., & Nokelainen, P. (2017). WorldSkills achievers’ and their co-workers’ and employers’ perceptions of vocational expertise and school-to-work pathways. International Journal for Research in Vocational Education and Training, 4(2), 95-116.
  • Pylväs, L., Nokelainen, P., & Roisko, H. (2015). The Role of Natural Abilities, Intrinsic Characteristics, and Extrinsic Conditions in Air Traffic Controllers’ Vocational Development. Journal of workplace learning, 27(3), 241-263.
  • Nokelainen, P., Stasz, C., & James, S. (2013). What contributes to vocational excellence? A pilot study of the individual characteristics of the WorldSkills UK 2011 squad. SKOPE Research Paper No. 118. Skope.
  • Pylväs, L., Nokelainen, P., & Roisko, H. (2013). Ammatillisen huippuosaamisen mallintaminen lennonjohtajan työssä. Ammattikasvatuksen aikakauskirja, 15(1), 10-31.
  • Nokelainen, P., Smith, H., Rahimi, M., Stasz, C., & James, S. (2012). What Contributes to Vocational Excellence? Characteristics and experiences of Competitors and Experts in WorldSkills London 2011. Madrid, Spain: WorldSkills Foundation.
  • Nokelainen, P. (2010). Mistä on ammatilliset huippuosaajat tehty? Ammattikasvatuksen aikakauskirja, 12(2), 4-12.
  • Nokelainen, P., Korpelainen, K., & Ruohotie, P. (2009). Ammatillisen huippuosaamisen kehittymiseen vaikuttavat tekijät: Tapausesimerkkinä suomalaiset ammattitaidon maailmanmestaruuskilpailuihin osallistuvat ja valmentautuvat nuoret. Ammattikasvatuksen aikakauskirja, 11(2), 41-53.
  • Ruohotie, P., Nokelainen, P., & Korpelainen, K. (2008). Ammatillisen huippuosaamisen mallintaminen: Teoreettiset lähtökohdat ja mittausmalli [Modeling of Professional Excellence: Theoretical framework and measurement model]. Ammattikasvatuksen aikakauskirja, 10(1), 4-16.