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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.

Policy peer review methodology

The methodology for policy peer review visits is a result of the work done in the P2P and P2V projects. Alan McCluskey from the University of Fribourg and partners in the policy strand in P2V refined and further developed the policy peer review methodology elaborated in the P2P project.

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French peer review visit report

The third and last peer learning visit of the P2V project took place on 15-17 September 2008 in Paris. The meeting focused on Virtual Learning Environments (VLEs), a key priority for the French Ministry of Education which hosted the event at the International Centre of Pedagogical Studies (CIEP) of Sevrès.

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Catalonia peer review visit report

The second peer review visit of the P2V Policy strand took place in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain on 20-22 February 2008. The meeting was organised by the Department of Education of Catalonia. The methodology developed in P2V calls for organisers of the visit to identify a specific issue or problem to be presented and possible solutions discussed with peers.

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Lithuania peer review visit report

The first peer review visit of the P2V Policy strand took place in Vilnius, Lithuania on 18-20 June 2007. 23 participants from five countries, partners in the P2V project participanted. The meeting was organised by the Lithuanian Centre of Information Technologies of Education (ITC) and addressed the issue of digital resources. The methodology developed in P2V calls for organisers of the visit to identify a specific issue or problem to be presented and possible solutions discussed with peers.

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Full list of P2V deliverables

Here is a list of the P2V deliverables, for additional documents concerning each deliverable, check the P2V wiki repository


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P2P policy strand documents

Policy reports were written as a result from the P2P project. These evaluation papers from Finland, France and Northern Ireland elaborate on approaches related to e-learning in schools with a focus on the integration of ICT in education. The link also provides a document on the used methodology and what was the overall impact of P2P for its participants.

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