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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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7Preface by the editors Against the background of increasing qualification needs there is a growing awareness of the challenge to widen participation in proc- esses 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 fo- cus 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 ena- bling individuals to progress more or less directly to higher educa- tion. This topic was picked up in a two year study within the EU’s Leonardo “Lifelong Learning” research framework. The specific focus of the study, carried out between 2009 and 2011, was placed on conditions, structures and processes which help to combine VET with qualifications leading into higher education. The complexity of the project can be clearly understood when looking at the specific national circumstances which are essential for the (potential) implementation of HQ and the acceptance and valuation of “hybridity” within the education system and on the la- bour market. Social, political and economic factors hereby mani- festly correlate with the respective “national” understanding and value attributed to VET, institutional links between educational sub- systems, and the way in which traditional entrance to higher educa- tion is normally dealt with in...

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