EU initiatives in cross-national recognition of skills and qualifications


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Author: Mehaut, Philippe; Winch, Christopher


This chapter examines in detail current initiatives in European Union (EU) vocational education and training (VET) policy, focusing on the European Qualifications Framework (EQF) and the development of the European Credit System for Vocational Education and Training (ECVET). It describes concepts such as modularity, credit, accumulation, transfer, learning outcome, accreditation of prior experiential learning (APEL), and the qualifications framework, outlines their application to the EU and sets out some of the key issues in their implementation.

Subjects: Skills and knowledge; Qualifications; Vocational education and training; Policy; Outcomes; Pathways

Keywords: Qualifications framework; Competence; Recognition of prior learning; Accreditation of prior learning; Equivalence of qualifications; Educational policy

Geographic subjects: Europe

Published: London, England: Routledge, Taylor & Francis, 2011

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Pages: pp. 22-35

Related items: TD/TNC 105.416

ISBN: 9780415556910 (pbk); 9780415556903 (hbk); 9780203814796 (ebk)

Resource type: Book chapter

Document number: TD/TNC 105.418

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