ERIC Number: ED419977
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Quality Assurance in Continuing Vocational Training. Subgroup B. Report.
This report examines developments in continuing vocational training (CVT) in the framework of lifelong learning for all with a particular emphasis on quality assurance (QA). It defines CVT, quality, and QA. The state of the debate on QA in CVT is examined in the European Union countries and partner states. The issue of the "European recognition" for the partner states is regarded in terms of the expansion and management of QA mechanisms. The examination of the main trends in policy measures to ensure QA in CVT presents major survey results: actors include the social partners whose role should expand and the main approaches to QA are policies focused either on the institutional process or mixing that approach with elements of the outcome-based one. All QA approaches are characterized and national policy measures to improve QA are examined. The emergence of new approaches to QA are discussed. Challenges for the future are summarized in the following categories: links between occupational and training standards; link between certification of initial VET and certification of CVT; QA for initial VET and CVT, which also involves the need to better define the European aspects of QA; and new roles and responsibilities of the public and private actors. The final section is devoted to the potential role for the European Training Foundation. Appendixes contain the questionnaire, country specific information, and a glossary. Contains 37 references. (YLB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: European Training Foundation, Turin (Italy).
Identifiers - Location: European Union