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What is the evidence for the impact of National Qualifications Frameworks?

Raffe, D

Abstract:
Numerous countries are introducing National Qualifications Frameworks (NQFs), or preparing to introduce them, despite the limited empirical evidence for their effectiveness. This paper takes advantage of recent additions to the evidence base on NQFs in order to assess their impacts, focusing on comprehensive frameworks. It also presents analytical tools for studying these impacts, by distinguishing among different types of framework and among the different 'change process' by which they try to achieve their objectives. The evidence, while still inconclusive, shows that the impacts of NQFs have been smaller than expected, have often taken many years to appear, have varied across frameworks and sub-frameworks and have been negative as well as positive. However, the most important conclusions is the variability of the impacts of NQFs and the complexity of the underlying causal processes.

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Document Title: What is the evidence for the impact of National Qualifications Frameworks?
Journal: Comparative Education
No. of Pages: 1-20


Document Type:Journal Article (Peer Reviewed)
Subject Area:National Systems and Comparative Studies
Country:International
Keywords:Qualifications Framework, Quality control, National Qualifications Framework, National Standards


Date Added:14 June 2012


Raffe, D (2012)What is the evidence for the impact of National Qualifications Frameworks, Comparative Education 1-20, iFirst Article.