Lessons of mutual learning
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Roundtable of DUOQUAL partnership at Flensburg 9 October 1999

Chair: Sabine Manning; notes for report: Claudia Pasti; chart entries: Stella Zacharia


 
 
The roundtable of mutual learning is already part of INTEQUAL/DUOQUAL tradition. This time we structure the discussion by relating project experience to the potential of dual qualifications set out in a model (see CEDEFOP study by Lasonen/Manning in the REM DUOQUAL folder for downloading). This model combines three criteria which are relevant for the quality of vocational education and its standing vis-à-vis general education: providing personal competence and facilitating mobility both in the education system and the labour market.

 
 
Competence
based on combined
vocational and general education
 
Educational mobility
by entitlement for higher education
 
Occupational mobility
by qualification for (highly) skilled work

 
The partners assess their schemes of dual qualification according to these criteria, viewed from national perspective. Notes taken from this discussion are set out in an overview which is linked to detailed assessments by the partners. The roundtable discussion is supported by mapping the assessments in a chart.

How successful are the schemes in achieving quality according to the three criteria?
- see notes in overview

+  = achieving quality
o  = not achieving quality
<  = no change
Scheme
Competence
Educ. mobility
Occ. mobility
AT: WIFI Academy courses
+
+/-
+
CZ: Study branches
+
+
+
DE (Bavaria): Pilot projects
+
+
+
EL: IML
+
+
<
FI: Experimental reform
+
+
<
NL: MBO/BOL4
-
+
+
NO: Vocational streams
+/-
+
+
PT: Vocational courses
+
-
+
SE: Vocational programmes
+
+
<

 
The roundtable discussion arrives at an altogether positive assessment, from national perspective, of the quality and standing of dual qualifications according to the three criteria. While this assessment may be influenced by the individual perception of the national experts sitting round the table, it largely corresponds to the outcome of the comparative analysis in the DUOQUAL Survey. This outcome has been evaluated and summarised in the contribution on DUOQUAL to the CEDEFOP study  by Lasonen/Manning (1999) (see REM DUOQUAL folder). The results from this roundtable also confirm the conclusion drawn in the INTEQUAL project that there is considerable opportunity for the exchange and transfer of experience across schemes and national systems (see REM DUOQUAL folder: entry "lessons of mutual learning"). The lessons drawn in the DUOQUAL project, at the roundtable and in associated studies by the partners, are set out and analysed in comparison by Manning (2000b) (see REM DUOQUAL folder) and summarised in the section 
DUOQUAL lessons.

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