This research critically examines the education systems of six nations (Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea, Switzerland, Thailand, and the United States) in order to understand and compare approaches to general and vocational education, with a particular focus on secondary to postsecondary transitions. It follows an interpretative paradigm, emphasizing collaborative qualitative interpretation of data based on both documents and case studies lead by the research team. Results are organized around four themes: (1) system structures, (2) degree of differentiation, (3) commonly held values and beliefs, and (4) postsecondary application/transition processes.
- Vocational education; secondary education; postsecondary education; crossnational comparisons; transition processes
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