ERIC Number: ED374351
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
The Role of Standards, Assessment and Credentialing in Educating the High Performance Worker: Lessons from Denmark and Great Britain. A Report of the Standards Team of the Comparative Learning Teams Project.
Jenkins, Davis; And Others
This report summarizes findings of a team of U.S. business, labor, and public policy representatives that visited Denmark and Great Britain in Fall 1993 to study innovations in the education and training of young people for work. An executive summary and introduction are followed by two main sections that present findings from the visits. Each section addresses the research questions that guided the study. For each question, the report summarizes the Danish approach, the British approach, and the lessons for the United States. The section on standards and credentials focuses on these questions: how standards for vocational education and training are set and updated; how standards shape what is taught; and what the role of standards is in promoting innovation in teaching. The section on assessment covers how the performance of learners is assessed and documented and how the quality of vocational education programs is monitored and improved. A conclusion extracts from these lessons elements of Danish and British vocational education that could be used in constructing in the United States a viable system for preparing young people to be high performance workers of the future: national standards for workplace skills, employer "buy-in" of standards development and training, national board to oversee the setting and quality control of standards, local assessment of student performance, external quality assurance, and training and support for teachers. Exhibits from the countries are appended. (YLB)
Descriptors: Comparative Education, Developed Nations, Education Work Relationship, Educational Certificates, Educational Quality, Foreign Countries, Job Training, Labor Force Development, Postsecondary Education, Secondary Education, Standards, Student Certification, Student Evaluation, Vocational Education
Center for Learning and Competitiveness, School of Public Affairs, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742 ($5).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: German Marshall Fund of the United States, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Maryland Univ., College Park. Center for Learning and Competitiveness.; Pittsburgh Univ., PA. Learning Research and Development Center.
Identifiers - Location: Denmark; United Kingdom (Great Britain)