Who we are

The Center, which brings together researchers and teachers, has the purpose of carrying out research, counselling and training in the field of vocational education and training.
The Center acts as hub for interdisciplinary advanced research and promotes the dialogue between different methods, combining theoretical and empirical research, at an interdisciplinary level (psychology, education, philosophy, sociology, laws), adhering to qualitative, quantitative and mixed method research approaches.
Its main aims of research are: 1. deepen the knowledge of practical training and guidance in the context of vocational training, both initial and ongoing; 2. explore group dynamics and organizational processes in management training and in educational and professional guidance in order to improve the operational models of intervention; 3. investigate the relationship between learning and work contexts; 4. study the processes involved in the training for trainers;; 5. investigate the conditions to make Teacher Education, especially within the VET system, more effective; 6. study the different education and training systems of the second degree, at regional, national and international level, in particular with regard to the relationship with the labor market; 7. understand the emerging issues involving the Italian secondary school level, in the two segments or “systems,” that is to say, the Education and the Vocational Education and Training (VET); 8. compare the regulatory, evaluation and educational system of VET with the general system of Education; 9. explore the issues related to vocational education and training (VET) in the National and European context, the implications (educational, social, legal, psychological) of policies and practices in education and training in different contexts; 10. design and implement interventions research that converge on VET systems at a local and international level. The Center aims to promote advanced training courses (Master of first and second level), seminars, conferences, study days on issues of interest and its objective is to establish relationships with other research centers, public and private associations, nationally and internationally, to enable collaboration in the field of research and to share information, databases, etc.

Members of the center are

  • Giuseppe Tacconi (Director)
  • Riccardo Sartori (Scientific supervisor)
  • Peter Litturi
  • Arduino Salatin
  • Domenico Lipari
  • Cristina Maria Rappagliosi
  • Donato De Silvestri
  • Federica De Cordova
  • Alberto Agosti
  • Maurizio Gentile
  • Beniamino Caputo
  • Adula Bekele Hunde
  • Andrea Ceschi
  • Marco Perini
  • Andrea Scalco
  • Monica Pentassuglia


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