the European Qualifications Framework is not a neutral evidence-based policy tool
In EU policy documents, the European Qualifications Framework (EQF) is described as a neutral tool embedded in an evidence-based policy process. Its purpose is to improve the transparency, comparability and portability of qualifications in the EU. The aim of this article is to de-naturalise the EQF discourse through a discursive reading of the EQF policy and a review of research on national qualification frameworks in a number of primarily Anglo-Saxon countries. The argument may seem obvious: the EQF policy is not neutral (policies never are) nor is there evidence to substantiate the claim that the EQF is a case of policy learning from ‘good practice'.
European Educational Research Journal, 2010, Vol 9, Issue 3, p. 304-316
EQF; discourse analysis; policy learning; Europeanisation; national qualifications frameworks