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27.02.2009  (jp)

Newsletter 3

Editorial

Dear colleagues,

our project "Peer Review in initial VET" is drawing to a close. Our work on Peer Review in European VET will, however, continue within the projects "Peer Review Extended" and "Peer Review Extended II" (2008-2009).

In the current newsletter we would like to present to you our experiences with the European Peer Review as well as the main products of the project.

We also include a documentation of the "International Peer Review Conference" which took place at the University of Pécs on Sept. 13 and 14, 2007. The Conference attracted 75 VET professionals from 14 European countries and provided a platform for exchange on lessons learnt from the project "Peer Review in Initial VET" as well as for reflection on the added-value of Peer Review and the planning of further activities.

Contents

  • European Peer Review Manual
  • Experiences
  • International Peer Review Conference, September 13 - 14, 2007 - Pecs, Hungary
 European Peer Review Manual

NEW! - The final version of the European Peer Review Manual is available!

The European Peer Review Manual is the key product of the project. It introduces a European standard procedure for the use of Peer Reviews. The Manual provides an instrument for the application of Peer Reviews for all institutions, experts, decision makers etc. involved in the VET system who are interested in quality assurance and development. Its focus is on a practical approach.

The Manual offers directly implementable guidelines for VET providers who want to introduce Peer Reviews in their quality assessment and development procedures.

During November and December 2005 the draft version did undergo extensive feedback from different groups of stakeholders from all over Europe. During 2006, the Manual had been tested in a pilot phase.

The final version of the European Peer Review Manual is online available in all languages of the participating countries. The English and the German version are also available in print.

For a printed version of the manual please contact us.



Download: European Peer Review Manual EN

 Experiences

The VET Providers and the Peers were asked about their experiences with Peer Review.

The reports provided in the following are exemplarily for the experiences reported.

How did you experience Peer Review?


 International Peer Review Conference, September 13 - 14, 2007 - Pecs, Hungary

Peer Review in VET - Exchange of good practice and contribution of Peer Review to the CQAF

University of Pécs
7633 Pécs, Szántó K.J. u. 1/b
Hungary

Peer Review as an instrument of Quality Assurance is prevalent in Higher Education but its use in Vocational Education and Training (VET) has so far been marginal.

In the LEONARDO Project "Peer Review in initial VET" (2004-2007), a European Peer Review procedure for VET was developed and tested in 15 transnational Peer Reviews in eight European countries in 2006. Interest in the methodology Peer Review has led to the follow-up project "Peer Review Extended" (2007) which aims to further develop the procedure, to sound out its contribution to the CQAF, and to test Peer Review in another three countries.

The conference aimed to share good practice from the two LEONARDO projects and to investigate the further potential of Peer Review as a new and promising methodology for external evaluation of VET Providers throughout Europe.


Participants

Participants of the International Conference were representatives of the partners of the projects "Peer Review in initial VET" and "Peer Review Extended". Furthermore, the conference addressed to decision-makers and stakeholders from participating countries as well as from countries not yet participating, multipliers on European level and representatives of the European institutions dealing with Vocational Education and Training.

About 75 participants from 14 European countries attended the Conference.

Information


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
Project Coordinator
Österreichisches Institut für Berufsbildungsforschung
Austrian Institute for Research on Vocational Training
m.gutknecht-gmeiner@oeibf.at