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Work and employment relations in a globalized world: the emerging texture of transnational labour regulation

While globalization has led to what can, with reference to Karl Polanyi, be referred to as a disembedding of the labour market from its nationally segmented settings, recent decades bring about a development identifiable as a countermovement. As the text shows, drawing on the example of European Works Councils and International Framework Agreements, this process of re-embedding takes place through a network of different measures of labour regulation. It is for this reason that establishing a relational perspective on crossborder phenomena in the field of labour relations can count as a central future aim in this strand of research.

Article first published in Global Labour Journal, Vol. 4, n. 1, 2013, p. 26-47. Reprinted with permission.

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Employability in online higher education: a case study

Over the past 15 years, learning in distance education universities has become more interactive, flexible, collaborative, and participative. Nevertheless, some accounts have highlighted the importance of developing more instrumental and standardized educational practices to answer the challenges of employability. In fact, the choice of skills that are important to learning communities and the labour market has been the subject of controversy because it involves heterogeneous motives among different groups.
This paper compares the perceptions of employability skills in a sample of teachers from the Universidade Aberta and a sample of students who attend a local learning centre at this University. The research focused on the following dimensions: the most important employability skills, and the employability skills to be developed in online undergraduate degrees. To collect the required data, a questionnaire was prepared and applied to students and teachers taking the theoretical model of Knight and Yorke as its main reference. In spite of the specificity of each group, the results revealed some similarities between students and teachers with regard to employability. The conclusions also highlighted the need to promote research on this matter in online education.

Article first published in IRRODL The International Review of Research in open and distance learning, V. 14, n. 1, pp. 106-125, as open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Licence.

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