The Greek National Quality Assurance System for Lifelong Learning Providers
The GSAE is piloting (2006-2008) the national quality assurance & assessment framework (NQAF) following the general principles of the Common Quality Assurance Framework for VET in Europe (CQAF). According to the Greek framework each Adult Learning and Education Provider (ALEP) designs and implements self-evaluation procedures for its programs following national program evaluation standards and procedures. In addition, audit procedures carried out by external evaluators in all 13 regions of the country to ensure accountability and quality improvement.
The main pillars of this system are:
a)the evaluation procedures of ALE operation (administrational procedures, management and leadership, resources and outcomes/educational pathways),
b)the quality of the educational process (teaching methods, training packages and contents, learner assessment model, teacher evaluation procedures and training, etc.)
c)the assessment of learning outcomes.
The GSAE is now developing a National Competency Framework (NCF) to assess learner achievements and performance (mainly in the School of 2nd Chance and the Centres for Adult Education). Overall six key competencies (i.e. organizational, technical, cultural, personal, civic, communicative) have been developed to capture the Knowledge, Skills and Attitudes adult learners acquire after their training in each individual program. Finally, the NCF assess and recognizes prior learning.
Keywords: Quality Assurance, Competence Frameworks, Program Evaluation, Self-Evaluation, External Evaluation, Lifelong Learning Providers, Adult Education
Secretary General, General Secretariat of Adult Education, Xarokopeio University - Athens
Dr. Eugenia Arvanitis
Research Associate, Globalism Institute, RMIT University
Between 2001 and 2004 Eugenia co-ordinated and taught the Greek Language and Cultural Studies Program at the School of International and Community Studies, and was employed as the Manager of the Australian-Greek Resource and Learning Center at RMIT University, Melbourne. In November 2004 Eugenia was offered the position of Honorary Associate Researcher at the Globalism Institute at RMIT University, Melbourne. As part of her role Eugenia works with Professor Mary Kalantzis in developing a Learning Competency/Accreditation Framework for the Greek Ministry of Education. She finally engages in personnel training for the Greek Adult Educational System and publication activities.