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07/16/08  (jp)

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

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

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

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.

Programme

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Presentations

Introduction to the European Peer Review
Maria Gutknecht-Gmeiner

The European way to Vet Quality Assurance and the Peer Review
Giorgio Allulli

Transfer Strategy
Eduard Stöger

Workshop Programme1: Experiences with the European Peer Review procedure

WS 1: Integrating Peer Review into existing quality assurance systems:

   Peer Review and the Danish Approach, Anette Chur

   Integrating the Results of a Peer Review into the Quality Assurance System in CECOA,
   Cristina Dimas

WS 2: Practicing Peer Review 1 - an exercise

WS 3: Practicing Peer Review 2 - comparing experiences

WS 4: Contribution of Peer Review to the improvement of VET Providers

   Experiences from Helsinki Culinary School Perho, Pekka Selenius

   Do's and Don'ts in Peer Review, Willem de Ridder

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Workshop Programme2: Chances and challenges of Peer Review and further activities

WS 1: Perspective of VET Providers 1
WS 2: Perspective of VET Providers 2
WS 3: Perspective of VET systems
WS 4: Perspective of European cooperation (European Area of VET)

Discussion:

• Chances and challenges of the Peer Review procedure for VET providers in Europe
• Framework and requirements for further implementation (national, European perspectives)
• Further activities

Conference Conclusions

Download: Pécs Conference Conclusions


02/15/07  (jp)

National Conference Peer Review in VET, March 5th 2007 - Vienna, Austria

Hertha Firnberg Schulen für Wirtschaft und Tourismus
1210 Wien, Wassermanngasse 12

"Peer Review in VET"

The Austrian Institute for Research on Vocational Training (öibf) and the Austrian Federal Ministry for Education, the Arts and Culture (BMUKK) invited to a national conference dealing with "Peer Review in VET" on March 5th 2007 in the Tourismusschule Vienna 21.

The conference was addressed to representatives of the Austrian quality management system in VET - to the General Directorate for Vocational Education and Training of the Federal Ministry for Education, the Arts and Culture, the Regional Education Boards, and VET schools and colleges, to stakeholders as well as to experts from higher education. About 100 people participated.

Within the conference the European Peer Review procedure was introduced and the requirements and factors for success of Peer Review as external evaluation were presented. Also the Austrian VET provider and the Austrian Peers participating in the project talked about their experiences.

Based on this information the participants discussed about possible future activities with Peer Review within the Austrian quality assurance initiative QIBB.

Presentations (in German).

 

Reports

Peer Review in Initial VET in Europe

Report on the Pilot Phase and Outlook
Maria Gutknecht-Gmeiner
Vienna, March 2007