Peer reviews with observations

In March 2014 MAPPING´s partners have conducted peer reviews in Denmark and Finland. The purpose was to collect best practice and to identify obstacles for a successful and sustainable implementation of individual study plans.

Data collection from the peer reviews is the basis for ´MAP´ – a guideline for implementation and quality management of individual study plans. A prototype of MAP will be trial-run and revised in autumn 2014.

Peer reviews with observations

The entire procedure for the peer reviews contained the following elements:

  1. Desk research about the country´s conditions and context for teaching with individual study plans
  2. Observations of teaching lessons, undertaken in pairs by observers across the countries
  3. Interviews with 1-3 randomly chosen students per class
  4. Interviews with teachers of the classes observed
  5. Interviews with education managers of educational programmes observed

Contact the project management for details on the planning of observations.


MAPPING-experts from each partner country participated in the peer reviews.

The procedure was guided by an “observation grid” with indicators on individualized learning. The indicators specify levels of learners, teachers, learning environment, the vocational college and the national VET-system.

The grid is a semi-structured tool for conducting observations and interviews. The grid was in part supported by interview guides. The grid was created based on knowledge of each partner country´s VET-systems, and their intentions regarding individual study plans. This knowledge was supplemented with criteria for the support of learner-centered approaches in pedagogical practice.

All in all, the peer reviews are a targeted collection of data, according to the criteria in the grid. At the same time, the observers tried to stay open to new findings and conclusions from practitioners in the observed countries.

The peer reviews are inspired by “European Peer Review Manual for initial VET”, Leonardo da Vinci project, 2007.

The observation grid and supplementing interview guides are freely available as versions 2.0. These versions will be revised according to conclusions on the methods in December 2014.