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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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Reform of the Moldovan System of Vocational Education and Training (1998-2000)

Type of project/activity:

Sector analysis and strategy development


The TACIS project for VET development aimed to carry out a local and national labour market analysis; develop new curricula curriculum and teacher training (with pilots schools) and develop the policy and strategy for taking forward reform.


The Moldovan context was one of financial crisis. The Soviet Union was not buying Moldovan agricultural products and the price of energy, supplied by the former, had risen exponentially during the 1990s. VET school budgets only received a 25 percent contribution from central government (and it was being further reduced) and the schools had to increase alternative sources of revenue, such as the sale of products; local taxation; parental contributions; contributions from local enterprises; payroll taxes as well as undertaking all the classic cost lowering mechanisms.


The project was managed by a Danish/Dutch Consortium. David Parkes directed the policy and strategy component.

Main activities:

The policy and strategy component worked towards the production of a 'Green Paper'. The project was organised around three task groups each of which has Moldovan membership and a Moldovan chairperson, with an external consultant. The policy and strategy task group was composed of three vice ministers (education, labour and economy), the social partners, local/regional representatives and VET pilot school directors. The group was chaired by the Head of the Reform and Development Department of the Ministry of Education. It had a finance sub-group with representatives from the three ministries and the social partners.

The pressures towards decentralisation and privatisation were, in the context, inexorable. The pressing questions for Government (and therefore the project task group) were how to define and protect a minimum education base for VET to include the possibilities of adaptability and progression for student clients and how to define the steering role of the Ministry of Education (particularly for standards) in the face of declining financial contributions.

Professional development of the working group was undertaken during the project by a series of seminars bringing in EU experts on specific thematic areas and through the organisation of study visits to EU countries (Netherlands, Denmark).

Name of programme, funder or client:

EU TACIS Programme

Expected outcomes, reports/documents:

A Green Paper was drafted in 2000. The main recommendations were subsequently accepted by government, drafted in the form of 'white paper' adopted by an inter-ministerial group. In 2001, the legislation was passed both by the Council of Ministers and by the Parliamentary Assembly. Despite a positive evaluation of the programme's outcomes by the EU, to date there has been no follow-up EU funding to support the White Paper recommendations.