A framework for lifelong learning? Adult and community education and the NZQA

Roger A. Peddie
Vol 15, Number 2, p.134
What follows is an examination of some of the assumptions and intentions of the National Qualifications Framework, and an analysis of how these might impact on both the provision and practice of adult and community education in New Zealand. In particular, the paper focuses on the possible effects on adult learners. The sections which follow first examine the three main elements of change (standards based assessment, unit standards, and mapping qualifications onto a hierarchical 'framework'), incorporating a consideration of the special issue of competence and excellence. The paper ends with a brief discussion and some tentative conclusions.