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27.02.2009  (jp)

Newsletter 2

Editorial

Dear colleagues,

The Pilot Phase of the project Peer Review in initial VET has been completed successfully: 15 Peer Reviews have been carried out in eight different European countries. A Peer from another country was included in every Peer Team, making for a truly European evaluation experience. Despite some minor language problems, the Peer Teams felt that this was one of the very strong points in the European Peer Review experience.
Have a look at the overview of Peer Reviews.

Other themes of this newsletter are: a summary of how a European Peer Review is conducted, information on a follow-up project, "Peer Review Extended", which has just started as well as the announcement of a new proposal to be submitted under the current 2007 call .

Contents

  • Overview of Pilot Phase
  • How is a Peer Review conducted?
  • Follow-up Project has started
  • New Proposal 2007
 Overview of Pilot Phase

15 transnational Peer Reviews have been carried out in eight European countries between April and November 2006:


Klick here to see an overview of the Pilot Phase.


 How is a Peer Review conducted?

A Peer Review must be carefully planned.

In the preparatory phase the operative partners were matched with suitable peers and a timetable for the pilot reviews was established. In every Peer Review at least one transnational peer is involved to account for the European dimension. All selected Peers receive training.

About 1,5 to 2 months before the Peer Review, the VET Provider must have finished the self-evaluation and written a Self-Report. This Self-Report serves as a basis for the Peer Review. The Peers study the Self-Report. In cooperation with the VET Provider they then identify the relevant topics and quality areas for the Peer Review and set up an agenda for the Peer Visit.

The heart of the Peer Review is the site-visit by the Peers. It takes two and a half days (including half a day reserved for the preparation of the Peer Team). During the Peer Visit, the Peers conduct a brief and very focused evaluation gleaning data on relevant quality issues through interviews, observations and a walk of the premises. They analyse the findings and give a first oral feedback to the VET Provider at the end of the visit. This feedback session should foster dialogue and allow for a communicative validation of the findings of the Review through the VET Provider. The evaluation results are summarised in a Peer Review Report.


 Follow-up Project has started

"Peer Review Extended", a follow-up project under Leonardo da Vinci, has started on January 1, 2007.

In this project, another 4 transnational Pilot Peer Reviews will be conducted within the next year. VET Providers from Austria and three "new" countries - Germany, Hungary, Spain - are involved.


Get more information on "Peer Review Extended" here.


 New Proposal 2007

We are planning a new Peer Review project to be submitted under the current 2007 call.

The "Call for Applications" has already expired and we are happy about the large interest in the project.

For more information please contact us.


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