Leonardo da Vinci Project `Peer Review in Initial VET´

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Univation currently evaluates the Leonardo da Vinci pilot project 'Peer Review in Initial VET' for professionals in vocational education and training (VET) in Europe. The project will introduce Peer Review as an innovative instrument of quality assurance and development to the initial VET sector in Europe.

The project addresses professionals and experts
• from providers of vocational education and training who are interested in new ways and methods to assure and improve quality – colleges, schools, training centres, enterprises;
• from educational authorities and other bodies concerned with promoting the quality of VET – policy makers, ministries, regional/local governments, municipalities, accreditation agencies, social partners, labour market services;
• from educational research and science institutions
• and all other groups with a stake in vocational education and training – students, parents, the business community, institutions of further and higher education etc.

Background
In the past years quality assurance and development have evolved into a central objective of vocational education and training (VET) policy in Europe. As traditional input-oriented central quality control through inspection is increasingly being recognised as insufficient for ensuring high-quality VET provision and meeting new challenges, there is a growing interest in comprehensive and state-of-the-art approaches on quality assurance and development. External reviews through peers are seen as an innovative and promising instrument of quality assurance and development. However, experiences with Peer Reviews are very limited to date. The project 'Peer Review in initial VET' supports European quality policies and the work of the expert group on quality in VET by transferring peer reviews as an instrument of quality assurance and development to the initial vocational education and training sector in Europe.

The main products of the project are the European Peer Review Manual und the Peer Training Programme. A firt draft version of the European Peer Review Manual will be available in autumn 2005. During 2006, the Manual will be tested in a pilot phase. The final version of the Manual will be published in spring 2007. A first version of the Peer Training Programme Training Programme will be completed by January 2006 and tested in the pilot phase. Further more a Pool of Peer Experts will be established during the pilot phase.

Find more information about the project on its website: http://www.peer-review-education.net/

Contact: Sandra Speer