The impact of National Qualifications Frameworks: by which yardstick do we measure dreams?

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Author: Pilcher, Nick; Fernie, Scott; Smith, Karen


National Qualifications Frameworks (NQFs) are a global phenomenon. This is evidenced by their scale, coverage and intrinsic link with education policy across Europe and beyond. Research into their impact has encompassed a number of perspectives; theoretical, practical and evaluative. Yet, despite the existence of critical literature related to the development, design and impact of NQFs, little research has questioned the actual feasibility of researching the 'impact' of NQFs per se. The arguments in this paper position such research as both unfeasible and futile: a dream for which it is...  [+] Show more

Subjects: Qualifications; Evaluation; Outcomes; Research

Keywords: Qualifications framework; Measurement; Evaluation technique; Evaluation criteria; Research needs; Future

Published: Abingdon, England: Taylor and Francis, 2017

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Journal volume: 30

Journal number: 1

Journal date: January-June 2017

Pages: pp. 1-12

ISSN: 1363-9080, 1469-9435 (online)

Resource type: Article

Peer reviewed: Yes

Call number: TD/TNC 128.1029

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