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28.08.2009  (jp)

Archive of the Newsletters

Peer Review Newsletter 10

Contents

• Preliminary results of research and analysis on impact of Peer Review
• National implementation of Peer Review in Austria
• Quality Conference for VET in Finland, September 2010
• Peer Review and Quality Assurance in the Netherlands

Download: Newsletter 10 EN

 

Peer Review Newsletter 9

Contents

• face-to-face Peer Training Curriculum
• European Peer Review Manual for (initial and continuing) VET – update
• follow-up project “Peer Review Impact” (2009-2011)
• Austrian Lifelong Learning Award 2009 for the European Peer Review Manual

Download: Newsletter 9 EN

 

Peer Review Newsletter 8

Contents

• Conclusions and documentation of the International Peer Review Conferencea
• Peer Review video
• European Peer Review Reader
• Peer Review Manual for Guidance in Adult Education.

Download: Newsletter 8 EN

 

Peer Review Newsletter 7

Contents

• International Peer Review Conference, Sept. 28-29, 2009, Lisbon (Portugal)
• Web-based Peer Training Programme
• European Peer Review Manual in CZ and TR

Download: Newsletter 7 EN

 

Peer Review Newsletter 6

Contents

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

Download: Newsletter 6 EN

  

Peer Review Newsletter 5

Contents

• National scenarios - Implementing Peer Review as Part of the CQAF.
• Final project conclusions Peer Review Extended

Download: Newsletter 5 EN

  

Peer Review Newsletter 4

Contents

• European Peer Review Tool-box
• European Peer Review Tool-box - German version

Download: Newsletter 4 EN

  

Peer Review Newsletter 3

Contents

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

Download: Newsletter 3 EN

  

Peer Review Newsletter 2

Contents

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

Download: Newsletter 2 EN

  

Peer Review Newsletter 1

Contents

• What is Peer Review?
• European Peer Review Manual
• Peer Review and the Italian VET providers - first experiences from the pilot phase (Giorgio Allulli, Ismene Tramontano)
• The project "Peer Review in initial VET" in a nutshell

Download: Newsletter 1 EN


22.12.2010  (jp)

Newsletter 10

Newsletter

 

Dear colleagues,

The first half of our project "Peer Review Impact" is over and we would like to inform you about previous activities on Peer Review within the project and in the partner countries.

Topics of this newsletter are:

  • Preliminary results of research and analysis on impact of Peer Review
  • National implementation of Peer Review in Austria
  • Quality Conference for VET in Finland, September 2010
  • Peer Review and Quality Assurance in the Netherlands

Detailed information on the project "Peer Review Impact" are available here.



Preliminary results of research and analysis on impact of Peer Review

Preliminary results of the international study on the impact of Peer Reviews in VET providers conducted within the project “Peer Review Impact” were presented at the DeGEval annual conference in Luxembourg, Sept. 15-17, 2010 by Maria Gutknecht-Gmeiner.

The presentation and more information are available here.



National implementation of Peer Review in Austria

In October 2010 the second round of Peer Review in QIBB - the Austrian quality initiative for vocational education and training - has started. ARQA-VET, the Austrian Reference Point for Quality Assurance in VET, is responsible for the coordination, operative support and quality assurance of the Peer Review process. Also, Peer Trainings are being organised via ARQA-VET.

Read more about the implementation of Peer Review in Austria here.

ARQA-VET is also very interested in making transnational Peer Reviews possible, especially in recruiting transnational Peers for the Austrian Peer Register (currently 57 people). For further information regarding the Austrian Peer Register please contact Gabriela Wulz, ARQA-VET: gabriela.wulz@oead.at.

 


Quality Conference for VET in Finland, September 2010

The Finnish National Board of Education (FNBE) organised the yearly Quality Conference for VET in Finland in September 2010. This year the topic was quality assurance, benchmarks and peer review in networks. There were more than 200 participants: principals, persons responsible for quality managements in VET organisations, teachers, and representatives of stakeholders.

Read more about the conference here



Peer Review and Quality Assurance in the Netherlands

A presentation about Peer Review and Quality Assurance in the Netherlands was held in the Finnish National Quality Conference in September 2010 by Willem de Ridder.

The presentation and more information are availabe here.



We hope that our Newsletter provides relevant and interesting information for VET professionals in Europe. Feel free to forward it to other institutions or experts interested in Peer Review. Should you have questions or need more information, please contact us. We welcome feedback and look forward to hearing from you.

For the “Peer Review Impact” project team,

Judith Proinger (j.proinger@oeibf.at)

Österreichisches Institut für Berufsbildungsforschung
Austrian Institute for Research on Vocational Training

Contact of Project Coordination:

Leena Koski (leena.koski@oph.fi)

Opetushallitus
Finnisch National Board of Education (FNBE)



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02.12.2009  (jp)

Newsletter 9

 

Newsletter

 

Dear colleagues,

Our project "Peer Review Extended II" is completed. The results are available on our project website www.peer-review-education.net. Our work on Peer Review in European VET will, however, continue within the project "Peer Review Impact" (2009-2011).

In the current newsletter we would like to present to you two more results of the project “Peer Review Extended II”:

  • the face-to-face Peer Training Curriculum
  • the European Peer Review Manual for (initial and continuing) VET – update

Also, we would like to draw your attention to the follow-up project “Peer Review Impact” (2009-2011) which started on October 1, 2009.

Finally, we are proud to announce that the European Peer Review Manual won the Austrian Lifelong Learning Award 2009 in the category “products and results”.


European Peer Training

A European Peer Training curriculum has been developed in close cooperation between partners from Austria, Finland, Denmark, Spain, and the United Kingdom.

Pilot Peer Trainings have been conducted in Austria, Denmark and Finland in 2008 and 2009.

The final version of the European Peer Training is now available. Click here for more information.


European Peer Review Manual for VET – update

The manual for initial VET has been revised to take into account the needs and requirements of continuing VET.

The European Peer Review Manual for VET is now available.


New project started: Peer Review Impact

Does Peer Review really come “full circle”? Does is prompt concrete improvement in VET institutions? What effects can be detected? And: how should Peer Reviews be conducted in order to have maximum impact?

In a further Leonardo da Vinci Transfer of Innovation project “Peer Review Impact” coordinated by the Finnish National Board of Education and buttressed by an earlier LdV project on evaluation impact “REVIMP”, an empirical analysis of Peer Reviews carried out within the three LdV Peer Review projects will help to shed a light on Peer Review’s potential to trigger institutional change and lead to improved effectiveness of external evaluation.

The main result of the project will be “Peer Review Impact Guidelines”, addressed to VET providers to enhance the impact of Peer Review in terms of improvement of VET provision.

Click here for more information about the project.


Winner of Lifelong Learning Award 2009!

The European Peer Review Manual won the Austrian Lifelong Learning Award 2009 in the category “products and results”!

The award was presented by the Austrian Federal Minister for Education, Arts and Culture Dr. Claudia Schmidt.

For further information and pictures please consult the website of the Austrian National Agency for Lifelong Learning:
www.lebenslanges-lernen.at/article/articlegallery/990/1/8

 


We hope that our Newsletter provides relevant and interesting information for VET professionals in Europe. Feel free to forward it to other institutions or experts interested in Peer Review. Should you have questions or need more information, please contact us. We welcome feedback and look forward to hearing from you.

Maria Gutknecht-Gmeiner
m.gutknecht-gmeiner@oeibf.at

Judith Proinger

j.proinger@oeibf.at

Project Coordination

Österreichisches Institut für Berufsbildungsforschung
Austrian Institute for Research on Vocational Training

 


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04.11.2009  (jp)

Newsletter 8

 

Newsletter

 

Dear colleagues,

In the current newsletter we would like to present to you

  • the conclusions and documentation of the International Peer Review Conference
  • a video on Peer Review
  • the European Peer Review Reader, and
  • the Peer Review Manual for Guidance in Adult Education.


International Peer Review Conference

The International Peer Review Conference took place on September 28-29, 2009 in Lisbon, Portugal.

The conference aimed to share good practice from the Leonardo da Vinci project "Peer Review Extended II”, to facilitate exchange and to support the development of a joint vision and plan for future European Peer Review activities.

About 70 participants from 13 European countries attended the Conference.

The conference conclusions and documentation is available here.


Peer Review Video

What is Peer Review?

A video giving an introduction to the European Peer Review has been produced by two students from the Hertha Firnberg Schools in Vienna, Maria Posch and Ying Zhang.

Click here to watch the video!


European Peer Review Reader

A reader has been published which presents all activities and aspects of the European Peer Review experience 2004-2009. Past experiences of the Peer Review projects are reflected, the impact on VET providers and national systems is considered, and current and future implementation is outlined. Partners from all three projects have contributed their experiences, reflections, and future plans.

The European Peer Review Reader is available online and in print.

For more information click here.


Peer Review Manual for Guidance in Adult Education

In the LdV project "Peer Review Extended II", the European Peer Review procedure has been adapted by the Slovenian Institute for Adult Education (SIAE) for use in guidance in adult education, and laid down in a separate manual.

The Peer Review Manual for Guidance in Adult Education is available in English and Slovenian.


We hope that our Newsletter provides relevant and interesting information for VET professionals in Europe. Feel free to forward it to other institutions or experts interested in Peer Review. Should you have questions or need more information, please contact us. We welcome feedback and look forward to hearing from you.

Maria Gutknecht-Gmeiner
m.gutknecht-gmeiner@oeibf.at
Judith Proinger
j.proinger@oeibf.at
Project Coordination

Österreichisches Institut für Berufsbildungsforschung
Austrian Institute for Research on Vocational Training

 


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28.08.2009  (jp)

Newsletter 7

 

Newsletter

 Dear colleagues,

Our project "Peer Review Extended II" approaches the final stage. In this newsletter we would like to present to you ongoing activities and first results of the project.
 
1) International Peer Review Conference, Sept. 28-29, 2009, Lisbon (Portugal)

We would like to draw your attention to the upcoming International Peer Review Conference, taking place in Lisbon on Sept. 28-29, 2009.

The conference aims to share good practice and to investigate the further potential of Peer Review as an external evaluation methodology of VET Providers in the framework of the implementation of the EQARF.

Participation is free, travel and subsistence must be paid by participants. Registration is possible until September 7, 2009.

The programme and further information are available here.
 

2) Web-based Peer Training Programme

The web-based Peer Training was developed and tested in the project "Peer Review in initial VET" and has been adapted to the requirements of the face-to-face Peer Training curriculum a product of the project "Peer Review Extended II" which is currently finalised.

The web-based Peer Training is now available from the website for everyone interested. Click here to access the training.

3) European Peer Review Manual in CZ and TR

The European Peer Review Manual has been translated into Czech and Turkish language. It is now available in 14 languages. Click here to access the download section.


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 m.gutknecht-gmeiner@oeibf.at
Judith Proinger j.proinger@oeibf.at

Österreichisches Institut für Berufsbildungsforschung
Austrian Institute for Research on Vocational Training

Visit the Peer Review Website: www.peer-review-education.net 

27.02.2009  (jp)

Newsletter 6

 

Newsletter

 

Editorial

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
m.gutknecht-gmeiner@oeibf.at
Judith Proinger
j.proinger@oeibf.at

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

Visit the Peer Review Website:
www.peer-review-education.net

 
  • 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.

Outlook
• 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 www.arqa-vet.at.

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: www.enqavet.eu

 


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 www.arqa-vet.at/arqa_vet/q_konferenz_2008 (German).

 


 

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27.02.2009  (jp)

Newsletter 5

Editorial

Dear colleagues,

Our project "Peer Review Extended" is completed. The results are availabe on our project website www.peer-review-education.net. Our work on Peer Review in European VET will, however, continue within the project "Peer Review Extended II" (2008-2009).

In the current newsletter we would like to draw your attention to

• a report with national scenarios and recommendations for the implementation of Peer Review within the CQAF, and

• the final project conclusions of the project "Peer Review Extended".

Contents

  • National scenarios
  • Final Project Conclusions
 National scenarios

NEW! - Scenarios for Peer Review implementation within the CQAF on national/ regional levels are available.  


 Final Project Conclusions

NEW! - Conclusions of the project Peer Review Extended are available.  


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
m.gutknecht-gmeiner@oeibf.at
Judith Proinger
j.proinger@oeibf.at

Österreichisches Institut für Berufsbildungsforschung
Austrian Institute for Research on Vocational Training


27.02.2009  (jp)

Newsletter 4

Editorial

Dear colleagues,

The European Peer Review Tool-box, result of the project "Peer Review Extended", is now available from our project website www.peer-review-education.net.

Contents

  • European Peer Review Tool-box
  • European Peer Review Tool-box - German version


European Peer Review Tool-box

The European Peer Review Manual is complemented by a practical Tool-box, providing forms, checklists, additional information and recommendations.

The Tool-box is available in electronic format from the project website as well as on CD-Rom from the project coordinator.

Download the Tool-box here: European Peer Review Tool-box.

 

European Peer Review Tool-box - German version

The Tool-box is also available in German. Download the German version of the Tool-box here: Europäische Peer Review Toolbox.


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
m.gutknecht-gmeiner@oeibf.at
Judith Proinger
j.proinger@oeibf.at

Österreichisches Institut für Berufsbildungsforschung
Austrian Institute for Research on Vocational Training


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


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


27.02.2009  (jp)

Newsletter 1

Editorial

Peer Review is as a form of professional external evaluation which is widely used in Higher Education in Europe today. In the sector of vocational education and training it has so far been marginal. Yet, with the successful implementation of self-evaluation of VET providers in many countries the interest in external evaluation through Peers, i.e. colleagues from similar institutions, has increased: External evaluation by Peers - which are also called "critical friends" - is expected to complement internal evaluations with an outside view, to shed light on "blind spots", to promote the professional dialogue between institutions and to support the evaluated VET providers in their strive toward quality improvement.

The European Peer Review Procedure for initial VET
In the Leonardo da Vinci project "Peer Review in initial VET", Peer Review has been transferred from Higher Education and a European standard procedure which is geared especially to the sector of initial education and training has been developed by an expert team from seven European countries. This procedure has been laid down in a European Peer Review Manual. A first version of this Manual has been available since November 2005 and is currently undergoing professional feedback from experts from all over Europe. Additionally, a web-based Peer Training Programme has been developed to support the practical implementation of Peer Review. More than 85 Peers from all over Europe have applied for participation in the pilot phase.

Current activities: Piloting Peer Reviews in Europe
Currently, the European Peer Review procedure is being piloted throughout Europe: 15 transnational Peer Reviews are being conducted in eight European countries between April 2006 and November 2006, the majority of which will take place within the next two months. Two Peer Reviews of Italian VET Providers have already been conducted and finalised in spring - allowing for some first impressions of the partners involved on what Peer Review is all about.

What to expect from this Newsletter
This Newsletter wants to give an introduction to Peer Review as an external evaluation procedure for initial vocational education and training in Europe: A definition of Peer Review is followed by a description of the European Peer Review Manual. First practical experiences with Peer Review from the pilot phase are presented in a contribution by the Italian project partners. "Peer Review in a nutshell" gives a brief overview of the project and contact details.

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.


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

Contents

  • What is Peer Review?
  • European Peer Review Manual
  • Peer Review and the Italian VET providers
  • The project "Peer Review in initial VET" in a nutshell
 What is Peer Review?

Peer Review is a form of external evaluation with the aim to support the reviewed educational institution in its efforts for quality assurance and quality development.

An external group of experts, so called peers, is invited to judge the quality of different fields of the institution such as the quality of education and training provision of individual departments or of the entire organisation. During the evaluation process, the peers visit the reviewed institution.

Peers are external but work in a similar environment and have specific professional expertise and knowledge of the evaluated subject. They are "persons of equal standing" with the persons whose performance is reviewed.

Peer Review builds upon quality assurance and development already in place. If integrated into the quality cycle, Peer Review supports continuing quality improvement.
 


 European Peer Review Manual

A first draft version of the European Peer Review Manual is available now. 


 Peer Review and the Italian VET providers

The evaluation of Italian VET providers is a process which has still to be fully realised.

• Schools: Most state schools have developed self-evaluation but up now no external evaluation is provided; inspectors visit the school mostly for formal reasons.

• Training Centres: The regional training centres have to be accredited by the Regional administrations in order to operate and receive public grants. Some of them practice self-evaluation, too. The regional inspections are mostly focussed on checking the compliance of the training center to the accreditation rules.
Many VET providers are also certified on the basis of the ISO 9001 model.

In this context Peer Review can be a very interesting tool to develop the quality assurance system of Italian VET providers. In particular two features of the model can be attractive for many of them:

• The flexibility of the model: The extent and the focus of the Peer review can be customised according to the needs of the providers. It is up to them to decide whether to receive a full review, covering many different thematic areas, or a partial review, focussed on the main strategic areas;

• The bottom-up approach; the Peer Review can be started at local level by at least two providers who decide to organise a mutual Peer Review by exchanging the Peers, who visit the other school or training center; If there are three providers they organize a "triangle" of Peer Reviews. In any case it is not necessary to wait for a central decision or for a central inspection to have the Reviev.

Therefore the proposal to join the Leonardo Project "Peer Review in initial VET" to experiment with the model of the Peer Review was promptly accepted by four Italian providers, one of them has also accepted to pay the Review expenses entirely from its own funds. The Italian VET providers acting as "operative partners" in the project are two schools (Istituto professionale per l'Industria e l'Artigianato, Monza and Istituto di Istruzione superiore "Don Milani - Depero", Rovereto) and two training centres (CNOS-FAP of Fossano and Ciofs-FP of Puglia).

The first Peer Review of the Leonardo project was conducted successfully from April 2 to 5, 2006 by the Italian operative partner CNOS-FAP in the training center of Fossano, with the aim to assess the Peer Review method and to test the European Peer Review Manual. A specific focus of the review was to create indicators geared to specific targets. These indicators were used for the interviews during the Peer Review as well as the assessment carried out by the Peers. The Peers were two teachers coming from other Italian operative patners, an Italian expert coming from the National Institute for Evaluation and a Danish Peer.

Comment from CNOS-FAP Fossano:
"We think that a review by an international group helps us to check up better our quality system and the quality area'Learning and Teaching' that we don't usually assess."

The second Peer Review was conducted from June 5 to 7, 2006 in the Istituto professionale per l'Industria e l'Artigianato, Monza. IPSIA Monza asked for a complete evaluation of all topics linked to teaching and learning as well as the "social climate" within the institute: The quality areas chosen were "Learning and teaching", "Curricula", "Assessment and tests" and "Social participation & interactions". The peers were two teachers from other Italian VET providers, an Italian expert coming from the National Institute for Evaluation and a Finnish Peer.

Comment from IPSIA Monza
"We want to reflect upon our activities in order to improve our educational provision. Peer Review allows us to know other realities which have common as well as different features with us. Therefore Peer Review allows a dialectic comparison among different educational processes and their contents, the feedback of the Peers helps us to clarify our own work."

In a first reflection on the Peer Reviews, the two Italian operative partners maintain that the outside perspective on their educational provision has provided them with new insights. They value the high priority given to the "core business" of VET, the teaching and learning processes in the institutions.

From the point of VET providers but also from a system level perspective the supra-institutional, transnational aspect is considered a central asset of the European Peer Review procedure: Teachers and other VET professionals from different schools and countries work together in Peer Teams and give helpful feedback to their colleagues in the reviewed institution - linking institutions within the national systems and even across borders to exchange ideas and good practice.

Comments of the Peers
"The team work was great."
"The Peer review procedure allows the peers to use different methodologies in order to collect quickly a lot of information without wasting of time."
"A positive aspect was the appropriate previous training."


Giorgio Allulli, Ismene Tramontano (ISFOL)


 The project "Peer Review in initial VET" in a nutshell

The project "Peer Review in inital VET" introduces Peer Review as an innovative instrument of quality assurance and development to the initial VET sector in Europe. The instrument is being transferred from the tertiary sector where the use of Peer Review is prevalent to the upper secondary sector of initial vocational education and training (ISCED 3/4). A common European standard for implementing Peer Review will promote co-operation and understanding as well as enhance transparency between the diverse vocational education and training systems in Europe.

What is a Peer Review?
Peer Review is a form of external evaluation carried out by peers, i.e. "persons of equal standing", who visit the reviewed institution during the evaluation process. Areas of assessment may be the quality of education and training provision of individual departments or the entire organisation. Peer Review builds upon quality assurance and development already in place. If integrated into the quality cycle, Peer Review supports continuing quality improvement.

Project duration
October 2004 to September 2007

25 partners from eleven countries
15 of them are VET providers/ institutions
Participating countries: Austria, Germany, Denmark, Finland, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal, Romania, Hungary, Scotland, Switzerland

Extended network supports partnership
The extended project network comprises various institutions: VET providers, research institutions, public authorities, social partners, enterprises.

European Peer Review Manual 2005 available from öibf
A draft version of the European Peer Review Manual is available in English from the project management at öibf. It introduces a European standard procedure for the use of Peer Reviews in VET institutions and provides practical guidelines for implementing Peer Reviews in quality assurance and development.

Peer Training Programme online
A web-based Peer Training Programme prepares the Peers for their tasks in the review exercise.

15 Pilot Peer Reviews in eight countries
From April to November 2006 the Peer Review procedure outlined in the draft European Peer Review Manual is being tested in eight countries. All 13 operative partners of the project carry out pilot Peer Reviews. With one additional partner joining the project and one partner conducting two reviews in different departments, the European Peer Review procedure will be piloted in a total of 15 Reviews.

Plans for the future
• Austrian Conference on Peer Review in initial VET: March 2007
• International Conference on Peer Review in initial VET: September 2007, University of Pécs, Hungary
• Follow-up project "Peer Review Extended" submitted to the European Commission in August 2006
• Continue to develop and test the European Peer Review procedure
• Keep on enlarging the extended project network

Project Management at öibf (AT)
öibf - Austrian Institute for Research on Vocational Training: www.oeibf.at, +43-1-310 33 34-0
Maria Gutknecht-Gmeiner: m.gutknecht-gmeiner@oeibf.at
Barbara Neubauer: b.neubauer@oeibf.at

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