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ERIC Number: ED354327
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Mar
Pages: 95
Abstractor: N/A
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)
New Zealand Qualifications Authority, P.O. Box 160, Wellington, New Zealand.
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: New Zealand Qualifications Authority, Wellington.
Identifiers - Location: New Zealand