Abstracts and excerpts

Sector skills planning

Post-school pathways

Education to employment

Research projects

Forecasting skills demand

Labour Market Intelligence Project

Democratic post-schooling

HRDS review

Minister's projects

Wholesale & Retail sector

VEOP pilot

NQF-related research

Conferences and calls for papers

INAP conference

NQF research conference

Higher education review


Post-school statistics


Youth and skills


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:

  • Articulation
  • 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:  

Further details may be obtained from Dr Heidi Bolton at 012 431 5017/ 5065 or e-mail .

Dr Heidi Bolton is Director: Research at the South African Qualifications Authority.


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