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.
Learning outside the school system can now lead to formal qualifications, thanks to validation systems that are being created across Europe.
Curriculum innovation and reform: policies and practices, a workshop to be held in Thessaloniki on 9-10 November, aims to examine how recent policies on curriculum reform are affecting learning and teaching. The workshop will look at the implementation of outcome-oriented approaches to curriculum development – particularly, but not exclusively, in vocational education and training – across Europe and beyond.
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.