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Work Programme

Phase 1: Research and Analysis - completed

Work Package 1: Research
Work Package 2: Transnational Synopsis and Core Criteria  » more

 

Phase 2: Development - completed

Work Package 3: Rough Draft of Peer Review Manual and Feedback
Work Package 4: Finalisation of Draft Manual
Work Package 5: Peer Review Expert Pool  » more

 

Phase 3: Implementation and Evaluation - completed

Work Package 6: Peer Training Programme
Work Package 7: Organisation and preparation of Peer Reviews
Work Package 8: Pilot Peer Reviews
Work Package 9: Evaluation of pilot phase  » more

 

Phase 4: Finalisation and Transfer - completed

Work Package 10: Finalisation of Products
Work Package 11: Transfer  » more


02/27/09  (jp)

Phase 1: Research and Analysis - completed

Work Package 1: Research
Work Package 2: Transnational Synopsis and Core Criteria

Duration: October 2004 to April 2005

The first phase was dedicated to research, sounding out the needs of potential users (system level, providers, learners) and making a connection to existing practice. This was deemed necessary in order to ensure usefulness to the stakeholders and implementation within the institutional, sectoral, regional, national and international context.

Research and analysis encompassed national research in all participating countries and international research of experiences with the instrument Peer Review. During the national research, national quality systems, relevant experiences and needs and expectations of the partner countries were compiled and analysed. The international research gave a broad overview of existing practice and exemplary case studies of peer reviews in different educational contexts. Additionally, a Gender Mainstreaming Guideline was developed to ensure that the European Peer Review Manual meets gender mainstreaming requirements.

Based on this research, a tentative guideline for the development of the European Peer Review Manual was drawn up comprising suggestions and recommendations of research findings as well as open questions.

Reports

The National Reports of the partner countries are available from the project management öibf upon request.

The Transnational Synopsis Report, a Gender Mainstreaming Guideline and the Research Report on Peer Review in Education are available in the download section. The latter also includes the tentative guideline for the development of the European Peer Review Manual.


02/27/09  (jp)

Phase 2: Development - completed

Work Package 3: Rough Draft of Peer Review Manual and Feedback
Work Package 4: Finalisation of Draft Manual
Work Package 5: Peer Review Expert Pool

Duration: May 2005 to January 2006

The second project phase was dedicated to developing the main products of the project. A rough draft of the European Peer Review Manual drawn up in summer 2005 underwent intensive feedback from the project partners and the extended project network during November and December 2005. Additionally, a Gender Mainstreaming check was performed and a first version of the European Peer Review Manual consolidated in November 2005. This first version of the European Peer Review Manual was the basis for the Pilot Peer Reviews carried out in 2006.

Concurrently with the adaptation and finalisation of the draft Manual, a Peer Expert Pool was established and a Peer Training Programme was developed between October 2005 and January 2006.


02/27/09  (jp)

Phase 3: Implementation and Evaluation - completed

Work Package 6: Peer Training Programme
Work Package 7: Organisation and preparation of Peer Reviews
Work Package 8: Pilot Peer Reviews
Work Package 9: Evaluation of pilot phase

Duration: February 2006 to December 2006

In the third project phase the Peer Review procedure outlined in the draft European Peer Review Manual was in eight countries. All 13 operative partners of the project successfully carried 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 was piloted in a total of 15 Reviews.

How is a European 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 was involved to account for the European dimension. The selected Peers received 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 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 by the VET Provider. The evaluation results are summarised in a Peer Review Report.

Evaluation of the Pilot Phase and the Products

Both the pilot reviews and the European Peer Review Manual did undergo (meta-)evaluation by an external evaluation partner, Univation Institut für Evaluation Dr. Beywl & Associates GmbH. An evaluation report provided the key results and recommendations for the adaptation of the European Peer Review procedure.


02/27/09  (jp)

Phase 4: Finalisation and Transfer - completed

Work Package 10: Finalisation of Products
Work Package 11: Transfer

Duration: January 2007 to September 2007

In the fourth project phase, the products of the project were completed and the transfer of the project results was planned and documented.

International Conference on Peer Review

An international conference on Peer Review in VET in Europe rounded up the project. In this conference the results and experiences of the project Peer Review in initial VET were presented to an international audience of VET professionals, educational experts, researchers and educational decision makers. The conference facilitated a transnational dialogue on Peer Review within the VET sector and with other educational sectors, in particular Higher Education. Transfer of project results and further activities were an important topic.

The conference took place on September 13-14, 2007 at the University of Pécs, Hungary. Further information on the conference and its results is available here.