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ERIC Number: EJ790998
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 26
Abstractor: Author
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ISSN: ISSN-1977-0219
Development and Interpretation of Descriptors of the European Qualifications Framework
Markowitsch, Jorg; Luomi-Messerer, Karin
European Journal of Vocational Training, v42 n3-v43 n1 p33-58 2007-2008
The European Qualifications Framework (EQF) table, with descriptors for the reference levels, is by far the most comprehensively annotated table in Europe. Criticism of the table tends to misinterpret it, by looking at the EQF from only one perspective or, at most, two. In this article, we set out to show that the EQF can be understood only if it is considered from at least three perspectives, namely a hierarchy of education systems, a hierarchy of occupational tasks and functions, and a hierarchy of skills acquisition. In addition to this synchronic view of the descriptors, their development will be analysed in detail, and the reasons for changes in them will be explained. Both the synchronic and diachronic perspectives show that it does not seem to be possible to establish a theoretical basis for the EQF, nor do we claim to achieve this. What we offer is, rather, a hermeneutic approach in order better to understand the meaning of the EQF table. (Contains 1 table, 1 figure and 15 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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