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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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DISCO II: a multilingual thesaurus of skills and competencies (2010 – 2012)

Type of project/activity:

The EIESP is a partner of the DISCO II project in an European consortium led by 3S Unternehmensberatung (Austria). For more information see the project website.

This project is implemented under the EU’s Lifelong Learning Programme, the Leonardo da Vinci sub-programme that funds practical projects in the field of vocational education and training. It is a decentralised programme supervised by the Austrian National Agency for Lifelong Learning.


Realising a ‘European labour market’ and a ‘European lifelong learning area’ requires qualifications and competences which can be easily understood, compared, and transferred. To address this challenge a set of European transparency instruments has been developed. The most important examples are the European Qualifications Framework (EQF), the European Credit System for Vocational Education and Training (ECVET) and the Europass (Europass CV, Europass Mobility, Certificate Supplement…).

DISCO II supports those instruments by offering a variety of terms and expressions to describe occupations, qualifications, jobs and competence profiles of individuals in three growing economic sectors: health and social services, environmental protection and information technology. DISCO II thus offers a common terminology based on learning outcomes (extracted from e.g. Certificate Supplements) for the comparison of skills and competences profiles in education, labour market and industry.


Universities and private companies from Austria, the Czech Republic, France (EIESP), Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden and the UK

Main activities:

Desk research, interviews with sector specialists and human resource managers in the 3 economic sectors under scrutiny

Name of programme, funder or client:

Lifelong Learning Programme, the Leonardo da Vinci sub-programme with co-funding from all the partners

Expected outcomes:

A multilingual thesaurus of job descriptions, skills and competences and a website

For more information please contact Alain Michel at

This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This publication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.