ERIC Number: ED354327
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Designing the Framework. A Discussion Document about Restructuring National Qualifications.
New Zealand Qualifications Authority, Wellington.
This document is intended to generate discussion about the plans of the New Zealand Qualifications Authority for developing a National Qualifications Framework. The document begins with an explanation of the qualifications framework in Maori and in English. A guide to reading the document points out its organization and the inclusion of diagrams and Maori proverbs and their English translation. Section 1 outlines proposals and options for post-high school qualifications, including descriptions of vocational competence in the European and United Kingdom models and plans for certification. Section 2 outlines proposals and options for secondary education qualifications, discussing the school certificate, senior secondary education qualifications, and scholarships. Section 3 tells how all the threads are drawn together in the National Qualifications Framework, covering the following: the role of the Qualifications Authority or of the agencies acting in lieu of the Authority; how experiential, community-based and work-based learning will relate to the Framework; and the goals of the Framework. Section 4 addresses units of learning, such as how students will choose appropriate units and the advantages and disadvantages of the unit learning approach. Section 5 covers student assessment and reporting, arguing in favor of standards-based assessment. Section 6 explains how prior learning will be recognized. Section 7 describes course development and necessary quality assurance processes. There are 28 references and 4 appendices containing: an example of a Scottish higher national unit specification; a Scottish national certificate module descriptors; and examples of standards-based assessment used in plumbing and gasfitting and achievement-based assessment of one skill in school biology. (CML)
Descriptors: Accountability, Certification, Competency Based Education, Criterion Referenced Tests, Education Work Relationship, Employment Qualifications, Foreign Countries, Government School Relationship, High Schools, Labor Force Development, Learning Modules, National Programs, Outcomes of Education, Postsecondary Education, Prior Learning, Standards, State Licensing Boards, Student Evaluation, Units of Study
New Zealand Qualifications Authority, P.O. Box 160, Wellington, New Zealand.
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: New Zealand Qualifications Authority, Wellington.
Identifiers - Location: New Zealand