Céreq is involved in setting up a partnership with six other institutions for the Track-Vet project, funded as part of the Eramus+ strategic partnership. The main aim of this project is to provide evidence-based support to national governments and agencies, EU agencies and key stakeholders involved in designing policies on developing, assessing and validating key cross-cutting competences.
The transversal competences at issue here are the eight key competences defined in the 2006 European Recommendation on Key Competences for Lifelong Learning, which are “necessary for personal fulfilment, active citizenship, social cohesion and employability”. The project focuses more particularly on four of these competences, which would appear to be the most difficult ones to evaluate, namely:
Learning to learn: the competences associated with independent learning;
Social and civic competences: those linked to the construction of citizenship;
Sense of initiative and entrepreneurship: competences enabling individuals to move from ideas to acts;
Cultural awareness and expression: competences linked to the various fields of the arts and their appreciation.
Since these soft skills cut across the various education disciplines, the first stage of the research will consist of identifying how these key competences are developed and evaluated in each of the national education systems singled out, and in particular in the field of vocational education and training. This will provide the starting point for questioning all the actors involved in the development and evaluation of these competences (at national, regional and establishment levels) as well as for conducting a survey among specialists in these competences, whether they be representatives of practitioners, experts or researchers. Thus this project is adopting a qualitative methodological approach based on face-to-face or collective interviews.
TRACK-VET project is being carried out by the partnership consisting of seven institutions:
- Austrian Institute for Research on Vocational Training (Austria)
- Fafo Institute for Labour and Social Research in Norway (Norway)
- French Centre for Research on Qualifications (France)
- National Institute for Certified Educational Measurements in Slovakia (Slovakia)
- Matej Bel University Banska Bystrica (Slovakia)
- National Centre for Education in Latvia (Latvia)
- Warsaw School of Economic (project leader) (Poland)
On 23 October 2019, the Bratislava meeting focused on Developing, assessing and validating transversal key competences in the formal initial and continuing vocational education and training - the experiences and solutions of 6 European countries: Austria, France, Latvia, Poland, Norway and Slovakia. During the conference, different aspects of development of transversal key competences (TKC) were discussed: how TKC are defined and specified (explicitly and implicitly) in the VET curricula; how are the learning outcomes defined with regards to TKC; how are the TKC assessed and validated; which solutions, methods and techniques are used in the national systems (examinations, portfolios, etc.); who is responsible for designing assessment methods and techniques.
On 27-28 November 2018, the Vienna meeting has been devoted to check the state of advancement of the works regarding the preparation of the National reports which will be delivered in their first draft versions in January 2019.
The European teams exchanged about the progress in the research, putting forward the achievements and the difficulties they have encountered. Many firsthand information has been collected through 120 qualitative interviews with national stakeholders in the 6 involved European countries. In France the study on Transversal Key Competences ranged among different types of Qualifications in the formal school system and even outside. The analysed qualifications present relevant differences in the way key competences are embedded in standard descriptors, in training process and in the way they are (or aren't) assessed.
On 05-06th December 2017, the TRACK-VET project kick-off meeting took place at the premises of Warsaw School of Economics. During the meeting TRACK-VET partners discussed research methodology to be applied in the project, including: definitions of the key terms and concepts, structure of the country reports and data collection methods. Each partners presented the state of art and recent developments regarding transversal key competences in VET in their countries.
The TRACK-VET project will last 32 months (September 2017 April 2020).
More information about the project will be soon available on the project website: track-vet.eu
5-6 December 2017: kick-off meeting at the premises of Warsaw School of Economics.
8-9 March 2018: second working meeting of the Project in Oslo.
27-28 November 2018: third working meeting of the Project in Vienna, Austria.
June 2019: conference and the project meeting no 4. in Banska Bystrica (Slovakia)
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