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JOINT PROJECT - ‘Strengthening Higher education in Bih’ Task force for qualifications frameworks in higher education 23-24 May 2006. QUALIFICATIONS FRAMEWORKS Stephen Adam, University of Westminster. See BFG Working Group text on qualifications frameworks. QUALIFICATIONS FRAMEWORKS.
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Stephen Adam, University of Westminster
See BFG Working Group text on qualifications frameworks
’the single description, at national level of an educational system, which is internationally understood and through which all qualifications and other learning achievement in higher education may be described and related to each other in a coherent way and which defines the relationship between higher education qualifications.’
(Bologna Working Group on Qualifications Frameworks, Chapter 2, p31)
National qualifications frameworks vary in political, social and economic
aims, objectives, regulatory powers, and priorities. Currently, many are
relatively ineffective. They can achieve some things and simply enable others
(act as a driver)
A WAY THROUGH THE EUROPEAN HE MAZE – EASY?
Lack of common educational structures
No commonality of educational approach or methodology
No common reference points
Educational chaos – mismatched qualifications
The European Higher
(10 Action lines glued by the overarching framework for qualifications)
The initial problem:
Bologna reforms had initially created a formless, embryonic first cycle and second cycle qualifications framework. European first and second cycle qualifications must have firm foundations, for they lie at the heart of the Bologna process.We were creating a Dr Frankenstein’s educational monster!
[Bergen Communiqué,19-20thMay 2005]
sectoral frameworks across Europe
‘Towards a European Qualifications framework for lifelong learning’
Council and Parliament spring 2006
NOTE: Best to adopt a bottom-up + top-down process
[Pages 54-56 A Framework for Qualifications of the EHEA]
Note: the real educational revolution is in the introduction of National Qualifications Frameworks and learning outcomes.
National education systems can no longer act as if they are isolated desert islands!