ERIC Number: ED367835
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Essential Skills and Generic Skills in the National Qualifications Framework. Consultation Document.
New Zealand Qualifications Authority, Wellington.
This booklet presents the concepts of essential and generic skills and issues raised by their incorporation in New Zealand's National Qualifications Framework (NQF). The first section discusses the concepts of essential and generic skills. The second section addresses three major reasons for wider understanding and discussion of these concepts: curriculum and assessment requirements resulting from the New Zealand Curriculum Framework; need to identify essential and generic skills arising from the development of unit standards and qualifications spanning a range of occupations; and similar developments in the assessment and recognition of skills overseas. The third section raises the following issues that must be addressed before decisions on essential and generic skills within the NQF are made: the place for separate essential skills units in the NQF; recognition of essential and generic skills in the NQF at all levels; development of essential and generic skills in meaningful contexts; transfer of skills to new situations; and reporting of skills achievement. The final section presents four alternatives for recognizing essential skills in the NQF. These four models are the separation, adjunct, integrated, and combination models. Advantages and disadvantages are listed. Appendixes include 15 references, Record of Achievement (skills list), Ministry of Education essential skills descriptors, General Vocational Qualifications: Unit in Problem Solving, and glossary. (YLB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: New Zealand Qualifications Authority, Wellington.