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ERIC Number: EJ897759
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 48
ISSN: ISSN-1474-9041
Stating the Obvious: The European Qualifications Framework is "Not" a Neutral Evidence-Based Policy Tool
Cort, Pia
European Educational Research Journal, v9 n3 p304-316 2010
In European Union policy documents, the European Qualifications Framework (EQF) is described as a neutral tool embedded in an evidence-based policy process. Its purpose is to improve the transparency, comparability and portability of qualifications in the European Union. The aim of this article is to denaturalise the EQF discourse through a discursive reading of the EQF policy and a review of research on national qualifications frameworks in a number of primarily Anglo-Saxon countries. The argument may seem obvious: the EQF policy is not neutral (policies never are), nor is there evidence to substantiate the claim that the EQF is a case of policy learning from "good practice". (Contains 7 notes.)
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Publication Type: Information Analyses; Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: New Zealand; South Africa; United Kingdom (England); United Kingdom (Scotland)