Professional Methods to foster European Mobility

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Case-based Comparison of Selected Approaches for Modeling Competences

Strategic aims of processes, which own so illustrious names like Bologna, Copenhagen and Lisbon, are to establish a European area of education and labour. This objective is connected with the concept of Life-Long-Learning that will ensure recognition and sustainable applicability of all learning outcomes a person have acquired during its life. In line with this strategy the core issues are named with vertical and horzontal recognition and permeability. The European commission launched two frameworks concerning these issues in 2008, the ‘European Qualifications Framework’ (EQF) and the ‘European Credit System for Vocational Education and Training’ (ECVET). The EQF recommendation has lead to national initiatives for developing National Qualifications Frameworks (NQFs). This procedure is ongoing and far advanced. However the ECVET recommendation has been on the status of a framework yet.

Current instruments for transnational recognition are based on the construct ‘Zones of Mutual Trust (ZMT)’. ZMTs are bilateral partnerships for negotiation of learning agreements and recognition of learning outcomes. The current issues are to find eligible methods to make as well the learning agreements as the assessment of learning outcomes more transparent. According to our opinion within the partnership methods of competence description have to be analysed and compared to find similarities and differences. Based on SWOT analyses of three selected approaches the partnership will give recommendations for practices and instruments to optimize the processes of recognition.

Graz Partner: Department of Psychology, University of Graz, Austria/Europe

Duration: 01.08.2008 – 31.07.2010 (24 months)

Funding: Supported by the Life-Long-Learning programme (LLP-LdV) of the European Commission. Grant No.: DE/08/LLP-PS/LDV/086

  • CSS Budget: € 4,670.00