Title QF2Teach - Qualified to Teach / Core Competencies and a Qualification Framework for Teachers in Adult and Continuing Education
Project Number 504172-LLP-1-2009-1-DE-LEONARDO-LMP
Project Type Development of Innovation
Country EU-Centralised Projects
Marketing Text Lifelong learning is a priority of EU policies. The EU Commission wants the member states to enforce the professional development of people working with adults. It is undisputed that adult learning staff plays a key role in making lifelong learning a reality. The composition of teachers and trainers in Adult and Continuing Education (ACE) is quite heterogenous and only a few European countries (e.g. Switzerland) attempt to structure a standardized pathway leading to the profession. This is where the QF2TEACH- project started. During the course of QF2TEACH, a concept for a transnational qualification framework for this professional group has been developed. By means of its outcomes our project made an important step towards establishing of a common European labour market in ACE. Our project joined the different pedagogical heritages of EU member states and thus raises the mobility of adult learning staff. The special attraction of our concept for transnational qualification framework is that is has been determined by empirical research work instead of fixing it by some national authorities.
The QF2TEACH project dealt with competencies and qualifications of learning facilitators working with adults: By this term we understand adult education course teachers, trainers in companies and in general all people, whose professional activity takes place in direct contact with adult learners and mainly consists in initiating, supporting and monitoring learning processes of adults.
During the course of QF2TEACH, a research-based concept for a transnational qualification framework for this professional group has been developed. The concept has been linked to the existing overarching European qualification framework (EQF). This provides the opportunity to make the existing qualification levels of adult learning facilitators visible and comparable throughout Europe. The proposed concept for a transnational qualification framework provides the opportunity to increase the visibility and profile of this professional group as such.
The project consortium covered eight European countries and consisted of university departments and non-university research and development institutes who are all specialised in adult education. Project coordinator was the German Institute for Adult Education - Leibniz Centre for Lifelong Learning (DIE).
Starting point of QF2TEACH was a literature review and an analysis of existing competence profile descriptions in the partner countries. On this basis an expert-panel research was designed and conducted. The applied methodology (Delphi survey in two waves) was particular as it was aimed at building consensus among the surveyed experts. The first wave of the Delphi study produced a preliminary catalogue of core competencies for adult learning facilitators. This preliminary catalogue was tested and validated in the second wave. Thus the survey eventually resulted in a catalogue of core competencies whose outstanding importance has been commonly acknowledged by the involved experts.
In the second part of the project the catalogue of core competencies was translated into a concept for a transnational qualification framework for adult learning facilitators. In addition each partner country produced its own national qualification framework for this group. These national frameworks are more detailed and specific as they reflect national particularities of the sector. In the final phase of the project a series of expert workshops was conducted at national and transnational level, where the qualification frameworks were presented and discussed with adult learning experts. On the basis of these discussions the qualification frameworks were then revised and the finals versions were disseminated in the field. In order to increase the level of awareness and ensure sustainability of the project outcomes the project partners disseminated the (interim) results widely to an expert public throughout the whole project process, mainly through publications and presentations.
The main characteristic of QF2TEACH was the involvement of stakeholders and potential users of the qualification frameworks nearly through the whole project process. Their interest in the project results and a sense of ownership was raised and maintained through involving them in the two waves of the study and through their involvement in the expert workshops.
The purposes, for which the qualification frameworks developed in the QF2TEACH project can be used, are the following:
- The development of different practical tools on the basis of the QF-concepts which are applicable in different national and/or domain-specific contexts of ACE Learning Facilitators (e.g. formal and non-formal education or consulting, online-education etc….);
- the documentation and validation of competencies that have been acquired by adult learning facilitators at work or in informal contexts;
- the design of training programmes, including higher education curricula, for adult educators;
- the determination of minimum professional standards for specific job positions in the adult learning sector.
Future plans focus on developing tailored modifications of the QF concept for different specific contexts. This is seen as an important precondition for raising the acceptance and the chances of exploitation of a sectoral qualification framework in such a heterogeneous field as adult learning.
Recognition, transparency, certification
description of new occupation profiles
Product information The main products will are a Catalogue of key competences for learning facilitators in ACE and six national as well as one transnational proposal(s) for sectoral Qualification Frameworks (linked to the EQF)