2nd NQF Research Conference: Building articulation and integration
With contributions from Heidi Bolton
The 2nd NQF Research Conference: Building articulation and integration, was held at Kopanong, Benoni from 4-6 March 2013. It built on the outcomes of the 1st NQF Research Conference: Towards a map of NQF-related research (Kopanong, Johannesburg, 2010) which focused on understanding the NQF in the context of the then new NQF Act, and fostering communities of associated research practice.
SAQA’s first five long-term research partnerships have been completed or are in the process of drawing successfully to a close. (See the article on NQF-related research in this issue.) Considerable effort is being made to ensure that the insights and outputs emanating from the projects are fed effectively into policy and practice. Two second-round partnerships have begun. As SAQA takes up new research in its attempts to understand the effectiveness of the NQF and how to enhance systemic integration and articulation, it seeks to expand its research model to include a wider range of higher education institutions and a greater number of researchers.
The purposes of the 2nd NQF Conference were to:
- expand communities of NQF-research practice
- share NQF-related research and build shared understanding of the NQF as a relational device
- provide dedicated opportunities to expand NQF research partnerships and related collaborations
The conference covered four themes:
- Career development and articulation
- Redress, inclusivity, alternative access, sustainable development and articulation
- Quality and articulation
A book of abstracts of the 60 selected presentations may be accessed at: http://www.saqa.org.za/docs/events/2ndNQFResearchConf/abstracts.pdf
Further details may be obtained from Dr Heidi Bolton at 012 431 5017/ 5065 or e-mail email@example.com .
Dr Heidi Bolton is Director: Research at the South African Qualifications Authority.