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VET policy development in South Africa and transfer processes

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South Africa’s education system has seen significant changes since the first democratic government was installed in 1994. Central to this reform was the introduction of a National Qualification Framework (NQF). While the NQF was motivated by an integrated education and training system that included a strong TVET focus, research on policy transfer in South Africa has focused almost exclusively on the general education system (Jansen 2004, Spreen 2001 and 2004) and has not explored the influence of international TVET systems on the development of South Africa’s policies. This paper draws on research on TVET policy transfer between Germany and South Africa (Wedekind and Barabasch forthcoming) to examine the processes of take-up at macro-, meso- and micro-level. Germany, alongside a number of other European countries, actively sought to support and influence the process of developing South African policies through exchanges, study groups and the funding of consultants. The paper maps out the interactions between the two countries and the ways that these interactions have shaped the ongoing development of a TVET system in South Africa. In examining this specific case, the paper seeks to contribute to a better understanding of the processes of policy transfer (or lack thereof) as well as documenting the specific dynamics of the TVET field in South Africa.

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Wedekind, Volker. "VET policy development in South Africa and transfer processes" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 55th Annual Conference of the Comparative and International Education Society, Fairmont Le Reine Elizabeth, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, <Not Available>. 2014-11-26 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p486342_index.html>

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Wedekind, V. "VET policy development in South Africa and transfer processes" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 55th Annual Conference of the Comparative and International Education Society, Fairmont Le Reine Elizabeth, Montreal, Quebec, Canada <Not Available>. 2014-11-26 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p486342_index.html

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Abstract: South Africa’s education system has seen significant changes since the first democratic government was installed in 1994. Central to this reform was the introduction of a National Qualification Framework (NQF). While the NQF was motivated by an integrated education and training system that included a strong TVET focus, research on policy transfer in South Africa has focused almost exclusively on the general education system (Jansen 2004, Spreen 2001 and 2004) and has not explored the influence of international TVET systems on the development of South Africa’s policies. This paper draws on research on TVET policy transfer between Germany and South Africa (Wedekind and Barabasch forthcoming) to examine the processes of take-up at macro-, meso- and micro-level. Germany, alongside a number of other European countries, actively sought to support and influence the process of developing South African policies through exchanges, study groups and the funding of consultants. The paper maps out the interactions between the two countries and the ways that these interactions have shaped the ongoing development of a TVET system in South Africa. In examining this specific case, the paper seeks to contribute to a better understanding of the processes of policy transfer (or lack thereof) as well as documenting the specific dynamics of the TVET field in South Africa.


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