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ERIC Number: EJ883850
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 44
ISSN: ISSN-1448-0220
The European Qualifications Framework (EQF) and the European Lifelong Learning Perspective: How European Countries are Preparing to Cope with the New Philosophy of VET
Deissinger, Thomas
International Journal of Training Research, v7 n1 p1-18 2009
The paper picks up "matching problems" related to current European education policy moves by referring to the German, the French and the Austrian VET system respectively. As we here refer to "dual systems" or "school-based systems" respectively, the pre-conditions for transforming European policy into national policies are very different. One major aspect here is the institutional framework and the progression pathways from VET to higher education. European ideas accompanying the present "Lisbon-Brugge-Copenhagen Process" demanding the opening-up of education and VET in the context of concepts such as the "Learning Economy" or "Lifelong Learning" have become a crucial background for re-framing the education system more or less fundamentally. VET systems with a strong focus on initial training obviously face the most serious challenges. Solutions lie in "nation-specific" strategies which encourage and enable change without losing the benefits and the functionality of the established system. Austria and France seem more prepared than Germany when it comes to linking up VET and higher education through so-called "hybrid qualifications".
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education; Elementary Secondary Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Austria; France; Germany