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Hybrid Qualifications: Structures and Problems in the Context of European VET Policy

structures and problems in the context of european vet policy

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Edited By Thomas Deissinger, Josef Aff, Alison Fuller and Christian Helms Jørgensen

Against the background of increasing qualification needs there is a growing awareness of the challenge to widen participation in processes of skill formation and competence development. At the same time, the issue of permeability between vocational education and training (VET) and general education has turned out as a major focus of European education and training policies and certainly is a crucial principle underlying the European Qualifications Framework (EQF). In this context, «hybrid qualifications» (HQ) may be seen as an interesting approach to tackle these challenges as they serve «two masters», i.e. by producing skills for the labour market and enabling individuals to progress more or less directly to higher education. The specific focus of this book is placed on conditions, structures and processes which help to combine VET with qualifications leading into higher education.
This volume assembles articles by researchers from Switzerland, the Netherlands, France, Australia, Canada, Scotland, England, Denmark, Austria and Germany.

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Table of Contents Preface by the editors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Part One Findings from the Leonardo Innovation Transfer Project “Hybrid Qualifications – increasing the value of Vocational Education and Training in the context of Lifelong Learning” JOSEF AFF, ELISABETH PASCHINGER & JOHANNA RECHBERGER The realisation of hybrid qualifications in Austria – structures, analysis, empirical findings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 CHRISTIAN HELMS JØRGENSEN Linking the dual system with higher education in Denmark – when strength becomes weakness . . . . . . . . . . . 53 GAYNA DAVEY & ALISON FULLER Transcending the academic-vocational binary in England? – An exploration of the promise of hybrid qualifications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 79 THOMAS DEISSINGER, ROLAND WERN, ROBIN HEINE & MARISKA OTT Progression from VET into higher education via hybrid qualifications in Germany: context – policy – problem issues . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 111 6 Table of Contents Part Two Hybrid Qualifications in and outside Europe DAVID RAFFE & CATHY HOWIESON Hybrid qualifications in a credit-based system: Scottish Higher National Certificates and Diplomas . . . . . . . . 149 ALISON TAYLOR, BONNIE WATT-MALCOLM & RANDOLPH WIMMER ‘Hybridity’ in two Canadian provinces: Blurring institutional boundaries . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 165 PHILIPP GONON Federal Vocational Baccalaureate: The Swiss way of ‘hybridity’ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 181 PHILIPPE MÉHAUT Hybrid or dual currency qualifications? – The French case . . . 197 JEROEN ONSTENK Hybrid qualifications in the Netherlands: Vocational educational pathways into higher education as an obstacle course . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 213 ERICA SMITH ‘Qualifications for work and further learning’: The Australian approach to hybrid qualifications . . . . . . . . . . 227 Part Three THOMAS DEISSINGER, JOSEF AFF, ALISON FULLER & CHRISTIAN H. JØRGENSEN Policy Implications and Recommendations: When do hybrid qualifications work and what benefits can be expected from them? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 243 List of authors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 277

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