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.
On 17-18 November in Brussels Cedefop and the European Commission’s DG Education and Culture are presenting two new European tools: the European Quality Assurance Reference Framework (EQARF) and the European Credit System for Vocational Education and Training (ECVET). This technical launch of the new tools aims to examine how best to involve all stakeholders in implementing them, and to ensure that all related measures operate in tandem.
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.