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(Dual) Vocational Training in Taiwan: How Can Theory and Practice Become Better Complements?

Merlin Penny

2018 Taiwan Fellowship Scholar

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Date:2018/12/20

Abstract:

The aim of this empirical study is investigate how changes in the relation of theoretical and practical curriculum in vocational schools in Taiwan effect labor market outcomes of individuals. Therefore the effects of increasing the fraction of practical curriculum taught in vocational schools on labor market outcomes are estimated. The data used come from the Manpower Utilization Survey, the Taiwan Education Panel Study and from curriculum reforms since 1952. Results show that increases in practical curriculum have positive effects on future income, i.e. an increase of the fraction of practical courses by 10 percentage points increases income of individuals by between 3.6 to 4.3 percent. These results suggest that complementing the theory- based vocational school education by more practical curriculum would be beneficial. This could also involve a shift to a more practice orientated dual vocational training system.