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Overview

For over a decade the UK has been engaged in a radical reform of its vocational education and training. This book contains the first comprehensive description of Functional Analysis, the method developed to define occupational standards and National Vocational Qualifications. It also discusses changes in contemporary work patterns, arguing that a new model of occupational competence is needed - the Job Competence Model.

The text is in four parts covering strategy, models, and methodologies and how to apply them in practice.

Both authors have both been closely associated with the methods and models described in the book and their personal insights add enormously to the value of the material.

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I hope that everyone who has an interest in the development and presentation of NVQs will find some time to dip into this book.' Training, Education, Employment

'this book is the result of many years of research and experience. It represents the heartfelt beliefs of two specialists in this field, whose views cannot be disregarded lightly.' IT Training

'a source of invaluable background information about vocational education and training. For anyone responsible for designing occupational standards, it should be required reading.' Competency

'The authors write in a natural and relaxed style and the text is supported by relevant and well constructed graphics, at appropriate points. This book is highly recommended to all professionals working in the fields of VET and HRD.' Competence Bulletin

'This book makes a timely contribution to the quest for practical, effective ways of developing a competent workforce in the UK.' Professional Manager

'This is a well-organized, thorough work which points out why the vocational qualification framework is not yet achieving its objectives.' Times Educational Supplement

'This is a solid, authoritative guide to the issues around vocational training' Personnel Today

'a guide on the uses and writing of occupation standards that explains the jargon and reminds us of the issues.' Quality World

'well written, very readable and keeps one's interest alive throughout' Health Manpower Management

'an excellent, clear account of the NVQ system by authoritative commentators who have been intimately involved in its development.' New Technology, Work and Employment

'comprehensive, well referenced, with clear principles that lend themselves to any situation.' The British Journal of Healthcare Computing & Information Management

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780566076992
  • Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 6/18/2005
  • Pages: 322
  • Product dimensions: 9.21 (w) x 6.14 (h) x 1.34 (d)

Table of Contents

A note on occupational standards and National Vocational Qualifications. Part 1 What is the Competent Workforce?: Education, training and the economy; The changing nature of work. Part 2 Models of Competence: New definitions of competence; The Job Competence Model; Competence and standards. Part 3 The Key Methodologies: Functional analysis - rationale and origins; Functional analysis - the analysis process; Functional analysis - the final stages; Occupational standards - specifying performance; Occupational standards - criteria for performance; Occupational standards - specifying the range. Part 4 Applying the Methodologies: The limitations of analysis; The human dimension; Evaluating the product; Towards implementation; In conclusion. Appendices: Examples of functional maps; Active verbs used to start statements of competence; Evaluative terms used to qualify performance criteria; Glossary of terms; Bibliography; Index.

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