Quality Regimes in Vocational Education and Training

Nanna Friche, Palle Rasmussen

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These years the European Union works strategically on improvement of quality in VET systems – a strategic aim pointed out in the Copenhagen Declaration from 2002. Since 2002 the union has been working out a common framework for quality improvement in VET systems to be used in all member states. This framework is called Common Quality Assurance Framework (CQAF). Another reason why the importance of quality assurance in VET is growing in Europe is that VET institutions take over more responsibility than ever within national restructuring processes towards competitive and knowledge based societies. The independence of vocational training institutions on national level (outsourcing of training departments, increased responsibility of vocational schools) increasingly requires VET institutions to prove the quality of their work and their ability to develop it (Blings, Spoettl & Becker 2007). Thus, the European VET systems are characterized by processes, which on the one hand support decentralisation and on the other hand ensure central control with the quality of VET provision. In this situation a key challenge for approaches to quality is to achieve balance between the political/ministerial need for control and the mutual trust among VET stakeholders in a decentralised system (Cort 2005: 7). In Denmark as well the Ministry of Education has aimed at promoting a systematic approach to quality assurance at provider level combined with the establishment of tools for central control. We hypothesize that a certain type of quality regime, drawing on neo-liberalism and new public management (NPM), has increasingly dominated the policies of the Danish VET programmes since the nineteen eighties, and we try to describe the different varieties of this regime and to trace its political and educational basis.
Antal sider20
StatusUdgivet - 2008
Udgivet eksterntJa
BegivenhedCARMA's 25th Anniversary Conference - Institut for Økonomi, Politik og Forvaltning, Aalborg Universitet, Aalborg, Danmark
Varighed: 9 okt. 20089 okt. 2008


KonferenceCARMA's 25th Anniversary Conference
LokationInstitut for Økonomi, Politik og Forvaltning, Aalborg Universitet

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