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David Raffe


Email: d.raffe@ed.ac.uk
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Biographical details

David Raffe was Professor of Sociology of Education and a member of the Centre for Educational Sociology, which he directed from 1987 to 2001 (jointly with Andrew McPherson from 1987-1994) and from 2010-2014, when he retired, sadly and unexpectedly dying a few months later, in February 2015.

His research interests are in secondary, further and higher education and training, transitions between education and the labour market, and policy initiatives including curriculum and qualifications reforms. His particular interests include the relation of academic and vocational education and the comparative study of education systems, including 'home international' comparisons within the UK which he helped to pioneer. Several recent studies have examined the policy lessons that can be drawn from cross-national comparisons, in fields ranging from 14-19 learning and access to higher education to school-to-work transitions and National Qualifications Frameworks. He has participated in several recent studies of qualifications in Scotland and elsewhere, including an ILO study of National Qualifications Frameworks in 14 countries, a CEDEFOP project on Changing Qualifications, the framework implementation and impact study for of the Irish National Framework of Qualifications, studies of the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework and an analysis of credit systems for the German Federal Institute for Vocational Training (BIBB). Other recent research has examined schools’ and colleges’ preparations for the senior phase of a Curriculum for Excellence, cross-national differences in education-to-work transitions and social inequalities in educational participation and attainment. He recently completed a Nuffield Foundation project, with Linda Croxford, on transitions to a differentiated higher education system. He is a member of the project team for the ESRC Fellowship project on Higher Education in Scotland, the Devolution Settlement and the Referendum on Independence, led by Sheila Riddell. He was the founding chair of the European Research Network on Transitions in Youth, and he has taken part in several European and OECD activities.

He is a member of several policy forums including the Goodison Group in Scotland, and he serves on the Scottish Funding Council’s Access and Inclusion Committee and the Scottish Qualifications Authority’s Qualifications Committee. He has been a member of several Scottish Executive/Government committees including the Curriculum Review Programme Board (2004-07), the School College Working Group on Qualifications (chair: 2004-05) and the Duffner Careers Service Review Committee (1999-2000). He was a member of the (Tomlinson) Working Group on 14-19 Education in England (2003-04) and he chaired the Advisory Committee of the Nuffield Review of 14-19 Education in England and Wales, for which he wrote the feasibility and scoping study. He is a member of the Education sub-panel for the 2014 Research Excellence Framework. He is a member of the Editorial Boards or panels of the Australian Journal of Education, (Slovenian) Contemporary Educational Studies, Irish Educational Studies, Journal of Education and Work, Journal of Youth Studies, Longitudinal and Lifecourse Studies and Research Papers in Education.

 

Selected papers and publications

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2014

Raffe, D. and Croxford, L. (2014) Student flows across the UK’s internal boundaries: Entrants to full-time degree courses in 2011, HE Working Paper 4, Edinburgh: Centre for Educational Sociology, University of Edinburgh (CES Ref 1402)

Croxford, L. and Raffe, D. (2014) Social class, ethnicity and access to higher education in the four countries of the UK: 1996-2010, International Journal of Lifelong Education, 33(1), pp.77-95 (CES Ref 1222)

2013

Raffe, D. (2013) Agenda: UK Government should take blame for university fees dilemma, Opinion, p.15, The Herald, Saturday 17 August 2013 (CES Ref 1328)

Croxford, L. and Raffe, D. (2013) Social and ethnic inequalities and institutional differences in entry to UK higher education (1996-2010), CES Briefing No. 61, Edinburgh: Centre for Educational Sociology, University of Edinburgh. (CES Ref 1314)

Croxford, L. and Raffe, D. (2013) Participation in full-time higher education 1996-2010: a 'home international' perspective, CES Briefing No. 62, Edinburgh: Centre for Educational Sociology, University of Edinburgh. (CES Ref 1313)

Raffe, D. (2013) Untitled book review of Stefanie Stolz and Philipp Gonon "Challenges and reforms in vocational education: aspects of inclusion and exclusion" (Bern: Peter Lang, 2012), Journal of Vocational Education and Training, pp.303-304. (CES Ref 1308)

Raffe, D. (2013) Explaining national differences in education-work transitions: 20 years of research on transition systems, European Societies DOI: 10.1080/14616696.2013.821619. (CES Ref 1301)

Croxford, L. and Raffe, D. (2013) Differentiation and social segregation of UK higher education, 1996-2010, Oxford Review of Education, 39(2), April 2013. (CES Ref 1220)

Raffe, D. and Croxford, L. (2012) How stable is the stratification of Higher Education in England and Scotland?, British Journal of Sociology of Education, DOI: 10.1080/01425692.2013.820127. (CES Ref 1216)

Raffe, D. (2012) Was devolution the beginning of the end of the UK higher education system, Perspectives: Policy and Practice in Higher Education, 17(1), pp.11-16. DOI: 10.1080/13603108.2012.707625 (CES Ref 1213)

Howieson, C. and Raffe, D. (2013) The Paradox of Scotland: Limited Credit Transfer in a Credit-based Lifelong Learning System, Oxford Review of Education, 39(3), pp.366-384. (CES Ref 1208)

Raffe, D. and Croxford, L. (2013) One system or four? Cross-border aplications and entries to full-time undergraduate courses in the UK since devolution, Higher Education Quarterly, 67(2), pp.111-134. (CES Ref 1206)

Raffe, D. and Howieson, C. (2013) Hybrid qualifications in a credit-based system: Scottish Higher National Certificates and Diplomas, in T.Deissinger, J.Aff, A.Fuller and C.Jørgensen (eds) Hybrid Qualifications – structural and political issues in the context of European VET policy, Studies in Vocational and Continuing Education - Volume 10, Bern: Peter Lang. (CES Ref 1133)

2012

Raffe, D. (2012) National Qualifications Frameworks: European experiences and findings in an educational and an employment perspective, in K.Büchter, P.Dehnbostel and G.Hanf (eds) Der Deutsche Qualifikationsrahmen (DQR) - Ein Konzept zur Erhöhung von Durchlässigkeit und Chancengleicheit im Bildungssystem? (pp.357-374) Bonn: BIBB (CES Ref 1111)

Gallacher, J. and Raffe, D. (2012) Higher education policy in post-devolution UK: more convergence than divergence?, Journal of Education Policy, 27(4), pp.467-490 (CES Ref 1131)

Howieson, C., Raffe, D. with Kinsella, A. (2012) Credit systems for lifelong learning: final country report on Scotland, Final report to the German Federal Institute of Vocational Training, Edinburgh: Centre for Educational Sociology, Edinburgh (CES Ref 1201)

Gray, J., McPherson, A.F. and Raffe, D. (2012) Reconstructions of secondary education: Theory, myth and practice since the war, Routledge Library Editions Series: Education Vol 99 (reprint of 8307: Reconstructions of secondary education: Theory, myth and practice since the war) (CES Ref 1202)

Raffe, D. (2012) What is the evidence for the impact of National Qualifications Frameworks?, Comparative Education, pp. 1-20 DOI:10.1080/03050068.2012.686260 (CES Ref 1207)

Raffe, D. (2012) Better results a product of 'improvement in teaching', Comment, p.8, The Scotsman, Tuesday 7 August 2012 (CES Ref 1209)

Raffe, D. (2012) Three good reasons why standards aren't falling, Analysis, p.4, The Scotsman, Tuesday 28 August 2012. (CES Ref 1211)

Howieson, C. and Raffe, D. (2012) The Paradox of Scotland: limited credit transfer in a credit based system, CES Briefing No. 60, Edinburgh: Centre for Educational Sociology, University of Edinburgh (CES Ref 1214)

2011

Raffe, D. (2011) Policy borrowing or policy learning? How (not) to improve education systems, CES Briefing No. 57, Edinburgh: Centre for Educational Sociology, University of Edinburgh (CES Ref 1160)

Raffe, D. (2011) National Qualifications Frameworks: what can be learnt from the international experience?, Journal of Contemporary Educational Studies, 4/2011, pp.52-65 (published in English and Slovenian) (CES Ref 1130)

Raffe, D. (2011) Itinerarios que relacionan educación con trabajo. Revisión de conceptos, investigación y debates políticos, Revista de Sociologia, 96(4) (2011), pp.1163-1185 (revised version of "Pathways Linking Education and Work: A Review of Concepts, Research, and Policy Debates, Journal of Youth Studies, 6(1), pp.3-19") (CES Ref 1128)

Gunning, D. and Raffe, D. (2011) 14-19 Education across Great Britain - Convergence or Divergence?, London Review of Education, 9(2), pp.245-257 (CES Ref 1121)

Raffe, D. (2011) Are ‘communications frameworks’ more successful? Policy learning from the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework, Journal of Education and Work, 24(3-4), pp.283-302 (CES Ref 1115)

Raffe, D. (2011) The role of learning outcomes in National Qualifications Frameworks, pp.87-104, in S.Bohlinger and G.Muenchhausen (eds) Validierung von Lernergebnissen - Recognition and Validation of Prior Learning. Bielefeld:Bertelsmann (CES Ref 1110)

Raffe, D. (2011) Participation in post-compulsory learning in Scotland, pp.137-154 in S.Lamb, E.Markussen, R.Teese, N.Sandberg and J.Polesel (eds) School Dropout and Completion: International Comparative Studies in Theory and Policy, Dordrecht: Springer (CES Ref 1103)

Raffe, D. (2011) Foreword, pp. x-xii, in A.Hodgson, K.Spours and M.Waring (eds) Post-Compulsory Education and Lifelong Learning across the United Kingdom. Bedford Way Papers, London: University of London Institute of Education (CES Ref 1102)

Raffe, D. (2011) Cross-National Differences in Education-Work Transitions, in M.London (ed) The Oxford Handbook of Lifelong Learning, New York: Oxford University Press, Chapter 22, pp.312-328 (CES Ref 0954)

2010

Raffe, D., Howieson, C. and Hart, J. (2010) Credit systems for lifelong learning: CS3L background report on Scotland, Report to the German Federal Institute of Vocational Training, Edinburgh: Centre for Educational Sociology, Edinburgh (CES Ref 1023)

CEDEFOP (2010) Changing Qualifications: an international review of evidence supporting the development of policies and practices linked to qualifications and qualifications systems, Thessaloniki: CEDEFOP (European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training) (CES Ref 1022)

Raffe, D. (2010) Scotland: System of education, in E.Baker, P.Peterson and B.McGaw (eds) The International Encyclopedia of Education, 3rd Edition. Vol 5, Oxford: Elsevier, pp.770-775 (CES Ref 1021)

2009

Raffe, D. (2009) The Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework: A Case Study of a Very 'Early Starter', in S.Allais, D.Raffe, R.Strathdee, L.Wheelahan and M.Young (eds) Learning from the First Qualifications Frameworks, Employment Working Paper No. 45, pp.31-64, Employment Sector, Skills and Employability Department, Geneva: International Labour Office (CES Ref 0956)

Raffe, D. (2009) Towards a Dynamic Model of National Qualifications Frameworks, in S.Allais, D.Raffe and M.Young (eds) Researching NQFs: Some Conceptual Issues, Employment Working Paper No. 44, pp.23-42, Employment Sector, Skills and Employability Department, Geneva: International Labour Office (CES Ref 0955)

Raffe, D. (2009) National Qualifications Frameworks in Ireland and Scotland: A Comparative Study, paper presented to European Conference on Educational Research, Vienna, 28-30 September (CES Ref 0953)

Collins,T., Kelly, F., Murdoch, H., Raffe, D. and Murphy, A. (2009) Framework Implementation and Impact Study, Report of Study Team, Dublin: National Qualifications Authority of Ireland (CES Ref 0952)

Raffe, D. (2009) Untitled book review of Rachel Brooks "Transitions from Education to Work: New Perspectives from Europe and Beyond" (Basingstoke, Palgrave Macmillan, 2009, 259 pp.), Journal of Education and Work, 22(4), pp.335-339 (CES Ref 0951)

Allais, S., Raffe, D. and Young, M. (2009) Researching NQFs: Some Conceptual Issues, Employment Working Paper No. 44, Employment Sector, Skills and Employability Department, Geneva: ILO, 50p (CES Ref 0950)

Allais, S., Raffe, D., Strathdee, R., Wheelan, L. and Young, M. (2009) Learning from the First Qualifications Frameworks, Employment Working Paper No. 45, Employment Sector, Skills and Employability Department, Geneva: ILO, 214p (CES Ref 0949)

Raffe, D. (2009) Can National Qualification Frameworks be used to change Education and Training Systems?, CES Briefing No. 48, Edinburgh: Centre for Educational Sociology, University of Edinburgh (CES Ref 0916)

Raffe, D. (2009) The Action Plan, Scotland and the Making of the Modern Educational World: The First Quarter Century, Scottish Educational Review, pp.22-35 (CES Ref 0915)

Raffe, D. (2009) Der Schottische Punkte- und Qualifikationsrahmen, Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung (ed) Der Deutsche Qualifikationsrahmen für lebenslanges Lehren: Bund-Länder-Konferenz, 5-6 März 2008, Berlin, pp.92-94 (CES Ref 0907)

Raffe, D. (2009) Explaining Cross-National Differences in Education-to-Work Transitions, A.Furlong (ed) Handbook of Youth and Young Adulthood: New Perspectives and Agendas, Abingdon and New York: Routledge, pp.105-113 (CES Ref 0906)