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11/20/09  (jp)  [0 Comments]

Peer Review and Quality Assurance in Austrian VET

The Austrian interest in Peer Review is reflected in the high number of schools who participated in the transnational pilots: of the 25 Peer Reviews carried out between 2006 and 2009, six took place in Austrian VET schools and colleges. So far, Peer Review has been tested in almost all types of VET colleges in Austria: in technical, tourism, business administration, trade, art colleges and vocational school (Berufsschule).

QualitätsInitiative Berufsbildung

The QualitätsInitiative BerufsBildung (QIBB) is a comprehensive quality initiative for the initial VET sector. Launched in 2005/2006, it incorporates the elements and principles set forth in the CQAF (Common Quality Assurance Framework)/EQARF (European Quality Assurance Reference Framework) and works in a systemic way comprising all levels of the VET system – from the ministry to the provincial education boards and inspectors to the VET schools and colleges. Based on voluntary participation by schools, most VET schools have by now been included in the initiative.

QIBB relies on yearly development plans, self-evaluation of VET schools and colleges, and management reviews. External evaluations on the institutional level had so far not been a regular part of QIBB. Peer Review as a voluntary and “friendly” evaluation between VET institutions was considered an attractive methodology for carrying out external institutional evaluations in QIBB.

Peer Review in QIBB

Based on the results of a feasibility study and a national Peer Review pilot project, Peer Review is currently implemented in the Austrian quality initiative QIBB.