17 November 2016 | EQAF Paper

An exploration of the competency framework for external quality assurance practitioners

Huu Cuong Nguyen

Abstract

The extensive establishment and development of external quality assurance agencies all over the world has created a new profession so-called the external quality assurance profession.


This paper attempts to explore the quality assurance professional competency frameworks developed by quality assurance networks, agencies and scholars to standardise and support those working within the external quality assurance profession, the external quality assurance practitioners or professionals. The study first investigates the external quality assurance profession. Second, it provides a discussion of external quality assurance practitioners. Next, it identifies essential competencies for external quality assurance practitioners, followed with a review of current competence frameworks for external quality assurance professionals. Finally, it provides a discussion and recommendations through the synthesis of associated literature. The results of this research are expected to clarify core professional competencies needed for external quality assurance officials and/or practitioners working for external quality assurance agencies.

 

This paper was presented at EQAF and reflects the views of the named authors only.

 

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