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Policy Peer Learning
Peer reviewing between Ministries of Education - as it was designed and conducted in the P2P and P2V projects - stems from the need to understand the processes by which policy makers can learn from peers working in other educational systems. One of the key underlying principle of peer reviewing is the concept of transferability, is it actually possible to transfer ideas and practice across systems with different histories and organizational structures? This was a key question at the heart of the P2P project.
P2V applied and further developed (valorised) the peer learning methodology in new countries (France, Catalonia and Lithuania). The focus of the visit was around a central issue linked to the three topics at the core of the project. Digital resources, Digital resources and New learning environments.
Visits generally follow a similar pattern (described fully in the methodology): Preparation of the visit, Peer learning activity, Report from the peers on the observations made at the visit, Reflection on the significance and impact of what is reported.
One teaching of the peer learning projects was that peer reviewing at the level of Ministries was more arduous than between schools and inspectorates. Too political? Lack of flexibility? Unwillingness to question policies decided at a higher level? Difficulties in explaining successes and failures? Is transferability an option at all? All these questions were at the core of the visits and this section offers an interesting insight into how peer learning was conducted by project partners.