My motive is simple- to learn about the evolution of national qualifications systems across the world. I am not an authority, nor an educational researcher. I am a simply a worker in the field who is interested in what others are doing.
It started innocently enough. I was researching the United Kingdom National Vocational Qualification (NVQ) and the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) for an equivalent standard for a Canadian National Occupational Standard (NOS) for the Petroleum Human Resources Council of Canada in the oil and gas industry….. And yes I will keep a running log of the acronyms.
I was amazed. What started out in Canada led me through an internet journey through the United Kingdom and Australia to South Africa, Jamaica, Denmark, Scotland, Lithuania, the Mediterranean and the European Common Market. Standards, assessment criteria, qualifications, levels, frameworks, papers, books … the trail was endless. I realized I did not even know the basics let alone the ability to see through the maze to the truth of the evolution of these systems.
So I started. And I decided to keep a live record. And that is what The National Qualifications Systems forum is all about. It is my online record that you are welcome to.
I am not without experience and opinions. I worked for the Red Seal Program-Canadian Council of Directors of Apprenticeship in the establishment of six National Apprenticeship Standards. I have also worked with Canadian Sector Councils and National industry groups in the area of standards development, certification, accreditation and more recently on equivalency and foreign credential recognition.
I have a bias –in fact –two of them. My passion in life is results through integrity. This is my attempt to persuade the world that ethics and integrity are keys to performance and sustainability. I learned this in one of the world’s most globally competitive industries.
I define integrity as wholeness, unfolding and objectivity. In simple terms –do the right thing, do the next right thing and do things right.
This brings me to my second bias – I am a systems guy. I look at the holistic (completeness), the dynamic (evolutionary ) and the directional (sustainability) aspects of systems. I usually work from 4 frames of reference – relationships, processes, systems, and structures. You can read more about that on Results Through Integrity if you are interested
A national qualifications framework is a system. It is my belief that the degree of ethics and integrity in the system correlates with system results and outcomes. It only makes sense to me -do the right thing, do the next right thing and do things right -and results will follow.
This is my journey through the maze to the ethics and integrity of national qualification systems. Don’t expect much at first. I have to get caught up with all that is happening –it is the old adage –seek first to understand , then be understood. If on the way some of the information is helpful, I am pleased. If on the way, I make a mistake, please correct me….It is an electronic world that can be corrected through the use of a delete button and new information.
I will add my comments where I deem useful and connections where possible.
Douglas Ross is an advocate for integrity as a strategy for performance. He is a consultant with Principle Dynamics Consulting Inc of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada and Augusta, Georgia,USA.
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