Flexi-Path Flexible professionalisation pathways for Adult Educators between the 6th and 7th level of EQF This project is funded by Leonardo, in the European Commission Lifelong Learning Programme Bernard Godding, Chair & CEO Educational Centres Association
Project Partners The project partners consist of 5 European national bodies and 2 universities Estonia Eesti Vabaharidusliit Germany Deutsches Institut für Erwachsenenbildung * Italy Università degli Studi di Firenze Romania Institutul Roman de Educatia Adultilor din Timisoara Spain CREA at Universitat De Barcelona Switzerland Schweizerischen Verbandes für Weiterbildung UK Educational Centres Association * Lead partner
Flexi-Path Achievements • The project has carried out research and from this produced a toolkit enabling adult educators • with substantial experience • working at a management / leadership level • to demonstrate their professional competences gained through work experience
Work-based Competences Work-based competences are a reflection of a person’s ability to undertake the main functions of their professional role. They reflect: - Skills Attitudes Knowledge Their nature differentiates them from underpinning knowledge that may be learned through academic study.
Analysing Adult Educators Competences Initially a report was produced on the required knowledge, skills and competences equating to EQF levels 6 and 7 in each partner country. These were then compared to establish a consistent European statement of competences at these levels. The following schedule forms the basis of the Flexi-Path toolkit.
Flexi-Path Toolkit • An effective way to demonstrate high level competences by helping users to set out clearly where their strengths lie and giving them a framework within which they can present the supporting evidence at EQF levels 6 & 7. • The toolkit will allow users to: - • take stock of their competences • build their professional portfolio • receive endorsement of their advanced professional standing • work on aspects they would like to strengthen - contributing to Continuous Professional Development
Testing Phase • The Flexi-Path toolkit is currently being tested with highly experienced adult education practitioners in 7 partner countries. • In addition it is important to have feedback from employers, awarding bodies and government agencies on – • the relevance and usefulness of this approach • the Flexi-Path toolkit in particular • This phase of the project ends in July 2010 and all feedback will be analysed and integrated into the published toolkit.
Flexi-Path Conference • Romania, 20th September 2010 will: – • mark the culmination of the project • launch the toolkit • disseminate project findings.
Flexi-Path Futures • It is hoped that the Flexi-Path toolkit will be – • widely adopted by practitioners& their employers • recognised by employersand agencies as a helpful means of contributing to sector development • valued by practitionersas a means of analysing and gaining recognition for their experience • adopted by the HE sectoras evidence for modular accreditation at Masters level
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