Friday, September 23, 2011

A model for skills and competences and its application in the agricultural sector

The evolving needs within the European learning and employment landscape set clear and mature requirements for the combination and integration of European policies and metadata standards towards a European Competence Model that will be able to support technology enhanced learning, training and employment, thus increasing mobility, and employability opportunities for European citizens. Starting with generic domain modelling, the eCOTOOL project provides formal structure for representing skills and competences distinguishing between and responding to the needs of two important user groups: those whose work relates to vocational education and training (VET) or employment; and those who build the tools.

This paper presents and explains the "high-level competence model” that works on paper for general professionals, the "technical" competence model that provides the ontological foundation for effective interoperable tool-building, together with the methodology and rationale followed. In addition, it discusses the model’s exploitation and usage in instruments like the Europass Certificate Supplement (ECS), a European paper format for presenting the skills and competences acquired through VET, providing concrete examples for the field of agriculture.

Contributed by Simon Grant, Cleo Sgouropoulou & Charalampos Thanopoulos.

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  1. Is a very interesting paper of those in the agricultural sector

  2. There is a significant number of EU projects which focus on the development of educational/training content, especially in the agricultural sector, whith really good outcomes. However, the lack of the correlation of this content/courses with the corresponding competences renders these courses hard to integrate to existing educational/training contexts.

    This paper provides an excellent overview of the use of competences in the training section as well as specific applications of a competence model. I really liked the fact that the authors provide current examples and highlight the connection between the proposed model and well-established intruments, like the Europass Certificate Supplement (ECS).

  3. A very interesting paper about the subject providing a good overview. However, it is not a research paper, rather a review of the area.

  4. Excellent paper that presents the guidelines and principles to build an agricultural research metadata AP