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Handbook: Final spurt for the completion

Final spurt for the completion of the 5th edition of the Handbook

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Textnummer: 800200

Erstellt am 2016/12/14, zuletzt geändert am 2016/12/14

Eight years ago, the idea was conceived; the first steps were taken six years ago; a major overhaul was started two years ago and now Germany is the first country worldwide to have an Award textbook in four volumes, written in German and English, which is based on practical experience and has been tried and tested in the daily work.

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Eight years ago, the idea was conceived; the first steps were taken six years ago; a major overhaul was started two years ago and now Germany is the first country worldwide to have an Award textbook in four volumes, written in German and English, which is based on practical experience and has been tried and tested in the daily work.

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Eight years ago, the idea was conceived; the first steps were taken six years ago; a major overhaul was started two years ago and now Germany is the first country worldwide to have an Award textbook, written in German and English, which is based on practical experience and has been tried and tested in the daily work. It is the most important publication of the German Award Association since the publication of the 2nd edition of the manual in September 1997. Four volumes were initially foreseen and these have now been complemented by a combined volume, which is very helpful for any electronic search, and there are plans to publish it as e-book in addition to the PDF version.

The most important change in the reworked edition, which at first glance seems hardly different from the fourth edition, is not so much the new structure (Volume 1: Programme, Volume 2: System, Volume 3: Development, Volume 4: Glossary) but rather the fact that the EFQM based principles of the development of Award work have been incorporated and deeply embedded in the portrayal of the programme and the system. The rules, however, have not been modified compared to the 4th edition and its updates, even though not a single page has remained unchanged and volume 2 and 3 have in fact been completely rewritten, and the basic terminology has remained the same.

A lot remains to be done before the final version can be published. Apart from correcting errors, replacing preliminary photos with the final pictures, and creating the title page, several minor issues concerning the content are to be dealt with and in particular the English glossary needs to be developed. Nonetheless, given that the more than 250 development editions have proved so successful in Award trainings and On-site Visits, and especially during Autumn School 2016, when the first three volumes were available in both languages for the first time, that, at least with regards to the German version, it would seem quite realistic to aim to finish the correction phase by February 2017, i.e. before the next AGM of the German Award Association.