Journal of Educational Change

, Volume 11, Issue 2, pp 193–203 | Cite as

Is the national qualifications framework a broken promise? A dialogue

  • Vincent McBride
  • James Keevy
Big Change Question


Educational change is often driven by grand ideas. What attracts policy makers and practitioners in these ideas is a promise for improved education and thereby better results. One of these educational change ideas today is a national qualifications framework (NQF) to bring more internal harmony within and international coherence between education systems. As any other grand educational change idea, emergence of NQFs is taking place with promises and doubts. In this Big Change Question, Vincent McBride and James Keevy, through both their personal practice and research, debate whether NQFs have been a broken promise or an opportunity to help education systems to change. This article has two primary statements from the two authors followed by a short commentary from both.

Vincent McBride

Hic Sunt Dracones

National qualification frameworks reflect a growing pattern in educational policy making worldwide. Approximately 60 countries around the world are developing national...


National qualifications framework Education reform 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation Units, European Training FoundationTorinoItaly
  2. 2.South African Qualifications AuthorityPretoriaSouth Africa

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