Title EQUFAS, "Working with the EQF in the Agricultural sector"
Project Number LdV/TOI/123013
Product The EQF handbook. The Common Framework of EQUFAS: “Working with the EQF in the Agricultural sector”. .
Title The EQF handbook. The Common Framework of EQUFAS: “Working with the EQF in the Agricultural sector”. .
Product Type website
Our objective has been to make for the EQF a workable tool for the Agricultural sector and this “Handbook” or “Guideline” is the result of the practical learning process we followed during the last two years. The handbook is a guideline for educational institutes as well as the labour market. It guides the users trough the unexplored field of the EQF, linking the EQF to existing mental models and systems, giving solutions for implementation of the new approach of learning outcome-based thinking.
The shift to learning-outcomes based thinking is a (paradigm) shift for school organisations. It is maybe the reason of the ever lasting discussion between the labour market/companies and school organisations in Europe. It is, in a way, a different mental model!
This handbook is a help in understanding the difficulties and how to overcome them.
The handbook is a conclusion, lessons learned and a method itself. After every pilot phase we discussed the outcomes with all involved in the project. These evaluation meetings were the basis for our further strategy, tactics and operational planning. We transferred a lot of findings from other projects into ours and improved them in the course of our project, this saved us time, providing the space to reach the many results combined in the handbook.
Conclusions and considerations of the methodology and the pathway we were following is a process that can be found in the handbook because the handbook explains the process by which the EQF is made workable for the agricultural sector, companies as well as educational institutes.
All participants in the project were very satisfied with the quality of the handbook. The steering group approved the quality .
Target group STD-TRNEE, STD-ADL, TCH-TCH, TCH-NEGR, TCH-INSP, TCH-TRV,LAB_EMP,LAB_SAL,TCH-OTH
We printed the first version of this handbook (1000 ea) and placed it on the www.equfas.com internet site. The Handbook is already spread out over many countries in Europe and has become a subject for discussion in many conferences and meeting concerning the EQF and ECVET. A revised version will be printed in 2000 copies around January 31st, 2010.
There have been several, publications about this tool related to the EQF in the partner countries. It is a discussion document for the implementation of ECVET in the Netherlands, Estonia and Finland. It was presented on the platform meeting of CEDEFOP in Brussels November 2009 and has become a subject for discussion concerning the learning outcome–based thinking in the finances and health care sectors. EQUFAS will be transferred in a 'Transfer of Innovation' project named IMPACT, which is an ECVET related project(call 2008)
The handbook is a guideline for educational institutes as well as the labour market. It guides the users trough the unexplored field of the EQF, linking the EQF to existing mental models and systems. Giving solutions for implementation of the new approach of learning outcome-based thinking.
The participating educational organisations and companies of six EU countries experienced the complexities that occur when thinking in terms of outcome-based learning as it relates to the European Qualification Framework.
Area of application This project was a cooperation between educational institutes, policy-makers and enterprises. We chose for a large range of partners to maximize the broader understanding of our process. We intentionally disseminated our results also outside the agricultural sector to gain exposure and even broader recognition. It is spread out to the MBO raad (NL), AOC raad (NL), National Qualifications Authorities of Estonia, Curriculum development group for Agricultural education in Austria and others.
Product Languages English