International project "Expanding the quality ‘spirit’ of VET (Q &VET)
Project number: 527399-LLP-1-2012-1-SE-LEONARDO-LMP
European research project "Expanding the quality of ' spirit ' of VET (Q&VET)" is financed by Leonardo da Vinci Fund. It is the first time when Russia was included in the project of this Fund.
Project realization terms
2012 – 2015
Motivation and involvement of stuff play an important role in the quality assurance, but at this moment these parameters in VET are not being sufficiently addressed - as a result now it exists a gap between the policy of education quality management and effectiveness of the quality assurance system, the influence of this system on learning outcomes. The experience of European organizations and recent researches have found the need for a Guide that can help VET organizations leaders to motivate and involve their teachers in active participation in quality initiatives. The development of this guide has become the main goal of the project "Expanding the quality of ' spirit ' of VET (Q&VET)". The project aims to explore ways to bridge the gap between the policy of education quality management and effectiveness of the quality assurance system, the influence of this system on learning outcomes.
The second QALLL (quality assurance in Vocational Education and Training (VET) and Adult Education, (AE) conference 28th November 2011 in Berlin, gathered education professionals and experts, project contractors of the European Lifelong Learning Programmes Leonardo da Vinci and Grundtvig, policy makers, national authorities, social partner representatives and other stakeholders interested in quality assurance in VET and AE.
The result of workshops at the conference showed that independent of what quality model a provider use, it will not improve the quality of learning and organisation unless the staff are informed, motivated and engaged in the planning, implementation, evaluation and review process of Quality Management. The reason behind this vital conclusion by practitioners, policy makers and researchers at the conference, is that there seem to be two cultures present:
1. A ‘rationalist bureaucratic culture’, which is hierarchical, structured in time and activity. Accountability is achieved through detailed job descriptions, performance indicators, supervision, line management and performance-based contracts.
2. An ‘autonomous professional culture’: selforganized, self- and peer-assessed, collegial decisionmaking. This is culture embraced by teaching staff in VET.
Many teachers were also of the opinion that none of the institute quality initiatives was directed at the process of teaching and learning and result is not reaching the classroom and the learners.
If one considers knowledge in Quality models, indicators and evaluation methodology as the “HARD” skill, the guidelines for VET-leaders can be considered as the necessary and needed “SOFT” skill in quality initiatives.
WP1 – PROJECT MANAGEMENT
- Elaboration of project management manual Containing Information on partnership, roles and responsibilities of the coordinator regarding overall management, financial management and financial reporting. Conflict resolution, the procedures for decision making, conflict management and conflict resolution
- Signing of Partners Contracts Contract and grant agreement signed and initial grant payments distributed to partners, consortium partners.
- Conducting 4 Partnership Meetings
- Drafting reporting Interim report and final report submitted to the end partners Executive Agency and partners. Confidential, only for members of the consortium (including EACEA and Commission services andproject reviewers)
WP2 – THE ATTITUDES AND EXPERIENCE OF THE LEADERSHIPAND TEACHING STAFF OF QA- NITIATIVES IN VET-INSTITUTES
- Developing interview questionnaire To carry out a cross-sectional study of leadership and teaching staff at VET-institutes in each of the partner countries. The findings will be analysed in order to find out successful cases which promoting and also impeding quality initiatives. Interviews based on the questionnaire will be carried out at 15 VET-providers in each partner country; the type, size, sector and other factors will be considered in order to get a comprehensive mapping of Quality initiatives in VET.
- Analysis of Data and summarizing reports Analysis report presenting findings of the interviews and questionnaire responses. Written report by each partner organisation and a joint report. The reports will also be published on the project website.
WP3 – FEEDBACK SEMINAR FOR VET_PROVIDERS ON THE REPORT (WP2)
Designing and deliver seminars Seminars for VET-institute in 4 of the partner countries (AT, NL, SE , TR and IT) to provide information findings from the report practices and policies of Quality initiatives at VET-institutes. A key objective will also be to get feedback on the results of WP2 (analysis result of the questionnaires regarding QA-initiatives at VET-providers; views of Vet-leaders and teaching staff)
WP4 – GUIDELINES FOR VET-LEADERS IN QUALITY INITIATIVES
Elaboration of guidelines: Development and testing of guidelines; evaluation completed with evaluation report. Guidelines will be tested with a minimum of leaders at 5 VET-providers in each partner country.
WP5 – DISSEMINATION AND VALORISATION
1. DEVELOPMENT OF PROJECT WEBBSITE
Website portal for sharing and presenting project information, results and activities
2. PUBLICATION OF BI-ANNUAL ENEWSLETTER
E-newsletter developed bi-annually to provide an ongoing update on progress and developments and will be a key dissemination tool, locally, nationally and Europe-wide.
3. ORGANISATION OF LOCAL/NATIONAL DISSEMINATION
Workshops (1 per partner country). Presentations on project progress and results of WP2, WP3 and WP4.
4. EUROPEAN DISSEMINATION
Reports and findings from WP2, WP3, WP4 and WP5 circulated through key European Networks such as: European associations for VET-providers, national associations for VET-providers in EU-countries, QUALL and EQAVET- Participation and Dissemination at the annual conferences of QUALL and EQAVET. 5. DEVELOPMENT OF QUALITY IN VET´CDROM CD-ROM of VET leaders and teaching staff in VET, interviewed, providing views from the perspective of the challenge of quality initiatives, solutions for overcoming the quality initiative challenges for VETleaderships.
5. DEVELOPMENT OF QUALITY IN VET´CDROM
CD-ROM of VET leaders and teaching staff in VET, interviewed, providing views from the perspective of the challenge of quality initiatives, solutions for overcoming the quality initiative challenges for VETleaderships.
6. ORGANISATION OF A FINAL CONFERENCE
Final Conference hosted in Västerås, Sweden a 2-day conference disseminating and valorising project results, reports and evaluations with input from both VET-leaderships and teaching staff who have participated in the conference.
7. SUBMISSION TO ACADEMIC JOURNAL
Final project paper, electronic publication. (Scientific). Submitted to the Journals of Vocational Education & Training.
WP1 – PROJECT MANAGEMENT
- Project management manual
- Partners contracts
- Minutes from four transnational meetings
- Interim and final report
WP2 –THE ATTITUDES AND EXPERIENCE OF THE LEADERSHIPAND TEACHING STAFF OF QA- NITIATIVES IN VET-INSTITUTES
- Questionnaire for interviews
- Interview of leadership and teaching staff at VETproviders
- Analysis of Data and summarizing reports
WP3- FEEDBACK SEMINAR FOR VET_PROVIDERS ON THE REPORT (WP2)
- Seminar content
- Marketing Materials for workshop
- 4 workshops for 70 VET-providers in 4 countries
- Workshop reports and analysis
WP4- GUIDELINES FOR VET-LEADERS IN QUALITY INITIATIVES
- Draft guidelines
- Report on test of draft guidelines
- Final Guidelines
WP5- DISSEMINATION AND VALORISATION
- Project website
- Bi-annual E-newsletter
- Four Local/National Dissemination meetings
- Quality in VET’ CD-ROM
- One final European conference
Expected outcome of the project (recommendations for the heads of the VET organizations) will help them to explain and show to their employees that quality initiative creates a common vision of education and teaching, causes more enthusiasm for teaching and learning, encourages teachers to self-evaluation and reflection of their teaching methods, leads to greater cohesion and cooperation between teachers, encourages them to be more modern, innovative and flexible, increases the power and responsibilities of teachers and, consequently, their satisfaction, leads to constantly raising of their professional skills, creates a team of specialists involved in the initiative. This guide will set out the guidelines that would support the VET leadership institutions in developing a collaborative approach to implementing of quality initiatives, regardless of the chosen model of quality. Theoretical guidelines will be supplemented with practical advices and best practices of project participants and other European countries.