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Developing a conceptual framework: the case of MAGICC [chapter]

Teija Natri, Anne Räsänen
2015 Voices of pedagogical development – Expanding, enhancing and exploring higher education language learning  
T his paper reports the steps taken to develop the conceptual framework of the MAGICC project (2013), which aimed to provide action-oriented descriptions of multilingual and multicultural academic and professional communication competence, instructional designs to promote these in higher education language teaching, and multidimensional forms of assessment aligned with the learning outcomes established -all presented in an academic ePortfolio that expands the features of the existing European
more » ... existing European Language Portfolio (ELP) to the higher education level. "Starting with systematic desk research into the existing conceptualisations of multi/plurilingual and multi/ intercultural competences as well as lifelong learning and employability skills, the next step was to collect and analyse the data gathered from all partner institutions and existing national and European projects on descriptors already in place for academic level competences, practices and assessment. [...] To ensure the social relevance of the framework, the third step was to develop questionnaires for students, faculty, and employers and ask them to rank the synthesised skill and competence descriptors in terms of their importance for the academic and professional competences graduates would need for study purposes as well as for the global labour market. The first draft of the conceptual framework was revised on the basis of this stakeholder consultation and led to the version presented to a new group of selected stakeholders in a consultation seminar" (Räsänen 2014: 66-67). Typeset by Research-publishing.net Cover design by © Antti Myöhänen ISBN13: 978-1-908416-25-4 (Paperback -Print on demand, black and white) Print on demand technology is a high-quality, innovative and ecological printing method, with which the book is never 'out of stock' or 'out of print'. ISBN13: 978-1-908416-26-1 (Ebook, PDF, colour) ISBN13: 978-1-908416-27-8 (Ebook, EPUB, colour) Legal deposit, Ireland:
doi:10.14705/rpnet.2015.000288 fatcat:sqii353senb43kf56sx3xjkka4