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Volume 53, No. 4, November 2018
Reconceptualising system transitions in education for marginalised and vulnerable groups
Guest Editors: Paul Downes, Erna Nairz‐Wirth, Jim Anderson

Volume 53, No. 3, September 2018
Learner agency at the confluence between rights-based approaches and well-being
Guest Editor: Jean Gordon

Volume 53, No. 2 June 2018
Special Issue: Are Student Assessments Fit For Their Purposes?
Guest Editor: Janet Looney

Volume 53, No. 1. March 2018
Special Issue: Innovative approaches to Continuous Professional Development in Early Childhood Education and Care. A European perspective.
Guest Editors: Brecht Peleman, Bente Jensen and Jan Peeters

Volume 52, No. 4 December 2017
Special Issue: Education for people, prosperity and planet: Can we meet the sustainability challenges?
Guest Editor: Aaron Benavot

Volume 52, No. 3 September 2017
Title: Participatory Design for (Built) Learning Environments
Guest Editors: Karen D. Könings and Susan McKenney

Volume 52, No. 2 June 2017
Title: The Influence of PISA on Education Policies
Guest Editors: Alain Michel and Xavier Pons

Volume 52, No.1 March 2017
Title : Higher education learning outcomes - transforming higher education ?
Guest Editors : Joakim Caspersen and Nicoline Frolich

Volume 51, No.4 December 2016
Title: Governance Dynamics in Complex Decentralised Education Systems
Guest Editors: Edith Hooge

Volume 51, No 3 September 2016
Title : Vocational Schooling and Social Exclusion in the Western Balkans
Guest Editors : Claire Gordon and Will Bartlett

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Comparative study in Europe on the recognition and validation of non-formal and informal learning (2014)

Main Activities

(September-October 2014)

The EIESP participated in a comparative study commissioned by The Foundation Bertelsmann on the recognition and validation of non-formal and informal learning.

The Research Institute for Vocational Education and Training from Nürberg was entrusted with the implementation of the study. The aim of the study was to identify models from other European countries that can serve as good examples for Germany to increase accessibility of vocational education and training for people with low formal qualifications. Eight countries that already achieved good results in the recognition of informal learning for people with low formal qualifications were selected: Austria, Denmark, Finland, France, the Netherlands, Norway, Switzerland and UK. The analytic framework common to all countries includes: the legal context, institutions, procedures and instruments, support structures and financial support. The EIESP analysed the French system of VAE (Validation des Acquis de l’Expérience).

Janet Looney and Alain Michel were invited to participate in a workshop of country experts in Berlin on 29 October 2014.

To read the Background report Click here.