To encourage exchanges among Leonardo da Vinci (LdV) projects that link national or sectoral developments to the European Qualification Framework (EQF), Cedefop is organising a workshop, Testing the EQF: relating international, national and sectoral qualifications to the EQF, on 10-11 November in Thessaloniki.
A shift has been taking place in the European vocational education and training scene. When setting objectives for education and training, and when defining qualifications, policy-makers now focus less on input factors, such as the duration, location and particular pedagogical method underpinning a qualification. Instead, their attention is increasingly directed towards what a learner knows and is able to do at the end of a learning process – i.e. the learning outcomes.
Cedefops latest publication is a detailed comparative study of how education and training policies and practices in 32 countries are moving toward the learning outcomes approach.
When setting objectives for education and training, and when defining qualifications, policy-makers are beginning to focus less on input factors (duration, location, method) and more on what a learner knows and is able to do at the end of a learning process – i.e. on learning outcomes. This gradual shift has underpinned many related EU policy initiatives over the past few years.
The past two decades have witnessed a growing awareness in most Member States of the importance of ensuring quality in vocational education and training (VET). As a result, many countries have developed approaches for quality assurance and management that are designed to meet national policy objectives; but rarely have these approaches covered the entire VET system. It is therefore necessary to look to the European level for such a comprehensive approach.
Conference Outcomes - 15 and 16 October 2007