Further Education Pass with Certification of Informal Learning (Weiterbildungspass)
Subsequent to a feasibility study on the introduction of a uniform further education pass for learning processes which are not formally certified, the reference system „www.profilpass.de“ has been developed, tested and evaluated. The instrument called "ProfilPASS" was tested along with supporting and professional advice at more than thirty locations in the Federal Republic.
Since as far back as the mid-nineties deficits concerning data collection and recognition of learning processes which are not formally certified within the educational system have been registered in educational and operational practice in Germany. In the light of the economic, technological and work-related structural change, it has become clear that grades and certificates do not account sufficiently for the real competencies and skills of an individual.
Therefore the professional actors are paying more and more attention to the description of the real skills of the individual and to the self-directed process of lifelong learning. In this context the insight that apart from formal also non-formal and informal learning processes must be made visible is gaining ever more importance. This results - besides the demand for the assurance of employability - in the requirement for diverse documentation activities on lifelong learning in Germany. And at the same time it is a reaction to an authorization system based on formal degrees. Thus the term "further education pass" comprises all those instruments which - below the regulatory level - serve the purpose of identifying, collecting and acknowledging individual activities in all areas of life and learning contexts.
A consortium composed of male and female scientists of the working unit as well as of the German Institute for Adult Education / Deutsches Institut für Erwachsenenbildung (DIE) in Bonn and the Institute for Development Planning and Structural Research / Institut für Entwicklungsplanung und Strukturforschung (IES) in Hanover, examined in a feasibility study initiated by the Federal government and the federal states the question whether the introduction of a uniform further education pass going beyond the educational system is possible and recommendable.
Due to the positive results of the feasibility study, which was published in 2004 in the series of publications of the BMBF, the consortium developed, tested and evaluated in a further project phase (November 2003 to August 2005) the reference system „www.profilpass.de“. The instrument called "ProfilPASS" was tested along with supporting and professional advice at more than thirty locations in the Federal Republic.
The project was funded by the Federal Ministry for Education and Research as well as the European Social Fund (ESF). The Saarland was responsible for the monitoring group supporting the project, which is composed of representatives of the Federal Government and the federal states.
|Project type:||Interdepartmental projects|
04/2002 - 08/2005
|Department:||Department of Educational Governance|