All new and all outcome-based?: the German qualifications framework and the persistence of national governance approaches

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Author: Gossling, Bernd


This article analyses the development of the first national qualifications framework in Germany (Deutscher Qualifikationsrahmen or DQR). In this case, a qualifications framework, which is supposedly outcome-based, had to be adapted to a highly input-oriented qualification system. This raises the question, how clashing claims and governance approaches can be joined? The study draws upon the assumption that the discourse on the DQR development is driven by cognitive constructions of relevant policy-makers and that these mental constructions can be uncovered by an in-depth analysis of...  [+] Show more

Subjects: Qualifications; Governance; Policy

Keywords: Educational policy; Policy formation; Education and training system; Qualifications framework

Geographic subjects: Germany; Europe

Published: Abingdon, England: Taylor and Francis, 2016

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Journal volume: 29

Journal number: 5

Journal date: 2016

Pages: pp. 540-561

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

Resource type: Article

Peer reviewed: Yes

Call number: TD/TNC 126.892

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