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ERIC Number: EJ892343
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Sep
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 27
ISSN: ISSN-0141-8211
Quality and Quality Assurance in Vocational Education and Training in the Mediterranean Countries: Lessons from the European Approach
Masson, Jean-Raymond; Baati, Mounir; Seyfried, Erwin
European Journal of Education, v45 n3 p514-526 Sep 2010
This article reflects on the development of the European approach towards quality and quality assurance in vocational education and training (VET) and its relevance for VET reforms in the European Training Foundation (ETF) partner countries. The analysis is based on an ETF project conducted in 2007-2008 in the Mediterranean partner countries to promote exchanges of information and experience between the decision makers and experts of the countries concerned and within the EU. More precisely, it aims to analyse how quality assurance (QA) initiatives could promote the quality of systems and support best practices already established in the EU and in the Mediterranean region in order to lay the foundations for specific actions at national and regional level. The authors of the article found out that: the tools developed by the EU to quality assure VET systems are relevant for the Mediterranean region. They can serve as a guideline for identifying strategic priorities. However, they do not provide a well-delimited concept to be implemented in the short term. Moreover, these EU tools reflect a new model of governance based on decentralization of responsibilities, autonomy of providers and accountability that may be difficult to implement in Mediterranean countries where VET systems remain very centralised and compartmentalised.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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