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Glossary and references

Glossary

Residual categories

Not elsewhere classified classification category

A ‘not elsewhere classified’ (nec) qualification category contains qualification responses that are infrequent or unanticipated. These categories never appear within classifications as stand-alone descriptors, but are combined with descriptors, often taken from a higher level in the classification. For example, BSc Environmental Biology would go to Biological Sciences nec.

Not further defined classification category

A ‘not further defined’ (nfd) category contains responses that cannot be coded to the most detailed level of the classification but can be coded to a higher level of the classification. For example, computing is a broad subject area and would go to 020000 Information Technology nfd.

Don’t know

The use of this category is necessary when the person is unsure of their qualification or writes this in as a response.

Refused to answer

This category is only used when it is known that the respondent has purposefully chosen not to respond to the question. Use of this residual category in processing is optional. Its use is most applicable in face–to–face or telephone interviews, but may be used in self–completed questionnaires if the respondent has clearly indicated they refuse or object to answering the question.

Repeated value

This category is used when a respondent has given two responses that have the same code. This may be two written responses, or one tick box response and one written response. For example, if a tick box question is used, someone may tick the Bachelor Degree tick box and write in 'Level 7 graduate diploma'.

Response unidentifiable

This category is used when there is a response given, but:

  • the response is illegible
  • it is unclear what the meaning or intent of the response is – this most commonly occurs when the response being classified contains insufficient detail, is ambiguous or is vague
  • the response is contradictory for example, 'no qualification' is indicated as well as a qualification given.
Response outside scope

This category is used for responses that are positively identified (ie the meaning and the intent are clear) but which clearly fall outside the scope of the classification/topic as defined in the standard.

Not stated

This category is only used where a respondent has not given any response to the question asked; that is, it is solely for non-response.

Concordance

A file that matches the categories of one classification to another. The concordance enables comparison of data between different classifications.

Abbreviations

ABS Australian Bureau of Statistics
ASCED Australian Standard Classification of Education (ASCED) 2001
ISCED International Standard Classification of Education –1997
MoE Ministry of Education
NQF National Qualifications Framework
NZQA New Zealand Qualifications Authority
NZQF The New Zealand Qualifications Framework
NZREG The New Zealand Qualifications Framework – Qualification Level 2003
NZSCED New Zealand Standard Classification of Education – Field of Study
QUALFIELD Statistics New Zealand Classification of Qualifications 1995 – Field of Study
QUALLEVEL Statistics New Zealand Classification of Qualifications 1995 – Level of Attainment
Statistics NZ Statistics New Zealand

 

References

New Zealand Qualifications Authority (2003). The New Zealand Register of Quality Assured Qualifications.

New Zealand Qualifications Authority (2016). The New Zealand Qualifications Framework. 

Australian Bureau of Statistics (2001). Australian Standard Classification of Education (ASCED).

Ministry of Education (2000). The New Zealand Standard Classification of Education (NZSCED).

United Nations (1997). International Standard Classification of Education (ISCED 97).

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