Peer Review in European VET

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Newsletter 6





Dear colleagues,

With two follow-up projects to "Peer Review in initial VET" the project series has developed into a "European Peer Review Initiative" which has been taken up in different European countries. In Austria, Finland, Hungary, Italy and Catalonia national res. regional (pilot) implementation has started. In addition, European Peer Review has also been adopted by ENQA-VET, the European Network for Quality Assurance in Vocational Education and Training.

In this newsletter we would like to present to you the ongoing activities and first results of the third European project "Peer Review Extended II" as well as plans and endeavours to introduce Peer Review in Austrian initial vocational education and training. Basic information will also be provided on activities in ENQA-VET related to Peer Review.

1) Peer Review Extended II: Project aims, activities and status quo
2) Peer Review activities in Austria:
• Austrian Peer Review Pilot Project
• Feasibility Study on Peer Review
3) ENQA-VET Thematic Group Peer Review
4) New publications:
• Peer Review Reader (German)
• Externe Evaluierung durch Peer Review (German)
5) Events: Peer Review at the Conference "Quality in VET"

We hope that our Newsletter provides relevant and interesting information for VET professionals in Europe. Should you have questions or need more information, please contact us. We welcome feedback and look forward to hearing from you.

Dr. Maria Gutknecht-Gmeiner
Judith Proinger

Peer Review Competence Centre
at the
Österreichisches Institut für Berufsbildungsforschung
Austrian Institute for Research on Vocational Training

Visit the Peer Review Website:

  • Today in the Newsletter

  • • Project aims and activities

  • • Austrian Peer Review Pilot Project

  • • Feasibility Study on Peer Review

  • • ENQA-VET Thematic Group Peer Review

  • • Peer Review Reader (German)

  • • Externe Evaluierung durch Peer Review

  • • Conference "Quality in VET", Oct. 06, 2008, Vienna, Austria


Project aims and activities

Peer Review Extended II aims at the transfer and further development of the European Peer Review methodology as an element of the Common Quality Assurance Framework (CQAF).

In particular, the project has set out to

• adapt the European Peer Review procedure to the needs of the "new" countries (Czech Republic, Slovenia, Turkey),
• transfer the European Peer Review methodology to continuing VET,
• support further experimentation and evaluation by conducting another six transnational Peer Reviews in Austria, Denmark, and Portugal in winter/spring 2008/2009. One of the Peer Reviews will be carried out in continuing VET.
• develop a curriculum for a face-to-face Peer Training to improve and enhance the use of the European Peer Review methodology, and
• support the (further) dissemination and transfer of the European Peer Review methodology in the participating countries and on the European level.

Status quo

At mid-term, major progress has been made by the project partners:

Peer Review in "new" countries
A survey on the needs and requirements of the new countries has been conducted which showed that the European Peer Review procedure as laid down in the Manual is suitable for the new countries.

Peer Review in continuing VET and guidance and counselling
Likewise, an expert study has been carried out by the responsible partners to investigate the adaptation of the European Peer Review procedure for use in continuing VET and - due to the special interest of the Slovenian partner - also to guidance and counselling in VET. Again, the procedure seems highly appropriate also for these sectors. Changes must, however, be made concerning the terminology used in the Manual. In addition, the Quality Areas need comprehensive revision and adaptation.
So far, a first internal version of an adapted Manual has been completed and drafts for Quality Areas for use in continuing VET have been drawn up.

Peer Training
A first outline of a European Peer Training curriculum has been developed in close cooperation between partners from Austria, Finland, Denmark, Spain, and the United Kingdom. A pilot Peer Training was conducted in Finnish-Austrian cooperation on Oct. 28-29 in Vienna to prepare the Peer Teams of the Austrian pilot schools.


Austrian Peer Review Pilot Project

In Austria, a first pilot project has started by the Ministry of Education to test national implementation of the European Peer Review procedure within the framework of QIBB, the Austrian quality initiative in initial VET.

öibf is responsible for the coordination.

Project overview
The project comprises
• the preparation and conduct of seven Peer Review in VET schools and colleges from all over Austria,
• the adaptation of the Peer Review tools (forms, checklists etc.) to QIBB
• the training of the Peers
• the establishment of mentoring activities to make use of experienced Austrian Peers and Peer Review Facilitators
• networking between the pilot schools and colleges
• monitoring and quality assurance of the Peer Reviews.

Activities and achievements: status quo
• Internal preparation
After a kick-off workshop in May, the pilot schools and colleges started the internal preparation of the Peer Review. This included decision-making on the quality areas to be reviewed and the distribution of responsibilities for the Peer Review within the institution. The pilot schools also concluded a formal contract with the project coordinator.

• Recruiting Peers
In addition, the pilot schools were asked to identify suitable Peers in their own institution as well as in other schools. Potential Peers were then asked to submit Peer Applications.

• Workshop for Peer Review Facilitators
All Peer Review Facilitators were prepared for their tasks in a joint one-day workshop in early October.

• Mentoring
Seven experienced Peers res. Peer Facilitators who had taken part in one of the two previous European Peer Review projects were selected as Mentors. A briefing workshop for potential Mentors was held in early September to ensure a common level of information of all Mentors and to clarify tasks and responsibilities.
Mentoring activities are to be geared towards the needs of the pilot institutions and may include giving general information on Peer Review as well as sharing Peer Review experiences with the school. Another key task is advising and supporting the Peer Review Facilitator in the preparation of the Peer Visit.
Mentoring partnerships have already been started with school visits of the Mentors planned for the next months.

• Peer Training
Peer Trainings will be held for the Peer Teams of the pilot schools in November 2008 and January 2009.

• Peer Visits
The two-day Peer Visits will be carried out between February and May 2009.


Feasibility Study on Peer Review

öibf has been commissioned to conduct a Feasibility Study on the introduction of Peer Review in the Austrian VET system by ARQA-VET, the Austrian Reference Point for Quality Assurance in Vocational Education and Training

The feasibility study intends to clarify the conditions for implementation of Peer Review in Austrian initial VET. All stakeholders - schools and colleges, regional quality managers in QIBB, regional boards of education, the ministry of education and social partners - have been involved.

First results of the study are due by the end of 2008.


ENQA-VET Thematic Group Peer Review

Peer Review has been included in the ENQA-VET Work Programme 2008-2009.

A Thematic Group on Peer Review has been set up in spring 2008 involving 12 European countries. The tasks of this group are to promote and support Peer Review activities, to develop a framework/process/structure for Peer Reviews and to compile and maintain a register of Peer Review experts. A first meeting was held on June 12, 2008 in Vienna.

For further information consult the ENQA-VET website:


Peer Review Reader (German)

As a first product of the project "Peer Review Extended II" a "Peer Review Reader" in German has been published which describes the experiences of the Austrian schools and Peers. The Reader has also been distributed to participants of the Austrian Quality Conference in Vienna on Oct 6, 2008.

The Reader is available online.

For a hard-paper copy please contact us.

Download: Peer Review in der Berufsbildung. Projekte und Erfahrungen. Ein Reader


Externe Evaluierung durch Peer Review

Maria Gutknecht-Gmeiner's dissertation on Peer Review has been published in the German Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften. It gives background information on how Peer Review is used in different sectors and attempts a first definition of Peer Review in VET. The heart of the dissertation is a comparative analysis of Peer Review case studies collected in an international research.

Gutknecht-Gmeiner, Maria (2008): Externe Evaluierung durch Peer Review. Qualitätssicherung und -entwicklung in der beruflichen Erstausbildung. Wiesbaden: VS Verlag, ISBN: 978-3531162331.

Download (German): Inhaltsverzeichnis


Conference "Quality in VET", Oct. 06, 2008, Vienna, Austria

"Qualität in der beruflichen Bildung"

Peer Review has been on the agenda of the Conference "Quality in VET" organised by the National Agency for Lifelong Learning and ARQA-VET, the Austrian Reference Point for Quality Assurance in Vocational Education and Training on Oct. 6, 2008 in Vienna.

Peer Review as external evaluation method and its practical implementation at VET providers were discussed in a workshop:

WS 2: Peer Review - an external evaluation method for quality assurance and development

Chair: Maria Gutknecht-Gmeiner (öibf)
Speakers: Victoria Puchhammer-Neumayer (TGM) & Eva Dousset-Ortner (Hertha Firnberg Schulen für Wirtschaft und Tourismus), Michaela Hoke & Thomas Wallisch (Berufsschule für Verwaltungsberufe, Wien 5), Johann Klanschek (HTL Mössingerstraße, Klagenfurt)

A workshop report is available in German here.

For further information please consult the ARQA-VET website (German).



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