Title COMCARE - Measurement and teaching of vocational competence, occupational identity and organizational commitment in health care occupations in Spain, Norway, Poland and Germany.
Project Number DE/12/LLP-LdV/TOI/147542
Project Type Transfer of Innovation
Due to the shortage of skilled workers in health care professions in Europe and the increasing demand due to demographic change, the evaluation and comparison of skills for the recognition of training contents is essential.
Within the project COMCARE a special measuring method - the KOMET competency model - will be used to compare the competences of health care professions in the countries Norway, Spain, Germany and Poland.
A finding of the DUKOM project is that a serious demand for measuring competencies of healthcare occupations exists. This aim requires a valid instrument. Heterogeneous structures of the educational systems impede a clear comparison difficult. The measurement of learning progress and the official certification of the required occupational abilities is presently conducted by using various methods. When measuring competencies and comparing them on an international level, a method therefore is needed which is applicable independent from the educational system it is applied to. A possibility for comparing competencies regardless of the educational system is to focus on real vocational work processes. This requires that specialists from the health care sector find tasks to be identical in various countries.
The project aimed at creating learning tasks related to occupational practice. Therefor the competence of health care workers were measured on international level. Moreover the development of vocational identity and commitment in their relation to the context has been described.
1. Developing COMET- Test and learning tasks and adaption commitment questionnaire:
In each country various testing and learning tasks were developed. Based on a dissertation on professional identity in nursing professions, the given questionaire was supplemented with question about the personal background. We hope to optain thereby inforation on the context of the development of competence and environmental influences.
2.Integration of learning tasks in the teaching of vocational training: The implemantation of learning tasks in the vocational practice should support the students in terms of handling this kind of open-question-testing.In some counties this method of testing is already part common and used regularly. The learning task should be used especially in countires where this is not the case.
3. Multiple assessment of the quality of project implementation by means of a self-evaluation: The project partners were interviewed on various aspects of project content and project implementation. This regular survey aims to improve the project results.
4.Pretest of test tasks and commitment questionnaire in partner countries:The Pretests were carried out in all counties. The numer of participants varied due to the capacity of each school. The students solutions are used at the rater training as examples for adequat rating.
5. Carry out rater trainings in each country: At the moment the rater trainings take place in different countries.
6. Evaluation of the pretest results: The results of the Pretest of the German schools are already available.
7. Feedback to the test participants: The Feedback to the participants of the German Pretest will take place in the coming days.
8. Main test of test tasks and commitment questionnaire: After further review of the test tasks by the partners, the main test will be carried out the the participating countries as soon as possible.
9. Evaluation of the test results:
The evaluation of the main test is divided into two phases. In the first phase the solutions of the students will be evaluated by the trained raters. In the second phase the results will be analysed and the value of each competence will be measured.
10. Feedback to test participants: Each test participant will receive an individual feedback on their competence portfolio. In addition teh compentences of different classes can be compared.
11. Summarize test results in booklet: The test results and the COMET-Approach is going to be summarized in a booklet in the end of the project.
12. Sustainability: The project results lead to the conclusion that competency-based knowledge transfer ist possible. Furthermore, a transfer of the method in the nursing professions under certain adjustments is possible. To seek an international comparison is conceivable, especially in countries of similar systems, since the main topics of the training are similar. In future more projectson the bais of the developed tasks within the COMET network will follow, to develope in longterm a compentcy-based training.
Recognition, transparency, certification
Human Health and Social Work Activities
procedure for the analysis and prognosis of the vocational training requirement
1. Measurement instrument for obtaining the professional competence in the care sector
2. Instrument for measuring vocational identification and professional commitment