Title Project management as an instrument with respect to labor market for development and assurance of teaching quality in vocational education
Project Number DE/11/LLP-LdV/TOI/147402
Project Type Transfer of Innovation
Marketing Text In the operational context, innovative problem solving is increasingly developed in projects, where the realization is secured by project management (PM). So far, this development has been given only little attention in vocational education. There are no systematic approaches for teaching project management skills in the vocational education. Aim of PIA project was to disseminate a PM-concept, developed by the University of Bremen and the German Project Management association (GPM), and transfer it in different domains and educational programs into partner countries (CH, CZ, PL, SK, TK). With help of the competencies and experiences of partners an addition of the concept release, it expanded on the dimension of intercultural competence.
„All innovations are projects, but not all projects are innovations“ (Hauschildt). In projects, innovative solutions are developed. The realization will be secured by project management (planning, organizing and controlling the project). In the operational context the importance of project management is increasing. In vocational education project management is rarely taught even though first solutions are existing: Since 2005 correlating teaching concepts for vocational education have been developed and implemented in cooperation with the GPM (German PM Society) in Bremen. A core curriculum “project management”, a training concept for teachers and PM-Guides for the classroom with reference to different domains have been developed. More than 150 teachers have been qualified so far who again impart project management in their disciplines. Learning took place on two levels: On one hand, project management is an item of content and on the other hand, it is a pattern to secure the quality of project teaching. The labor market in this regard was set up twice: The students work on real project orders and therewith get qualified for working in project in their future job.
Goal of PIA-project was to spread this concept further on in Germany and implement it in partner countries in different domains.
Implementation of the project started in November 2011 with a "kick-off" meeting in Bremen. There among other, the project schedule, timing detail and discussed cooperation in the project were discussed. Subsequently, in the partner countries activities began to build a network to test and adapt the products which should transfer. The product "core curriculum project management" translated into the languages of the partner countries and on base of a multi-stage approach tested, adjusted and optimized. In a second Project meeting in Switzerland initial findings and experiences were collected, shared and discussed. Next the transferring and adapting of the products "didactic concept" and "teacher training approach" to national specifics of the participating countries were made through a pilot implementation of a teacher training, as well as evaluation and optimization. The 3rd Project meeting in Turkey allowed interim results of adaptation, share experiences and discuss. In addition, the Pm Guideline "Project Management - Setting the Standards" and the associated "Teaching Poster" be adjusted on national specifics of partner countries. This happened trough a pilot-scale of instructional materials, in at least two training courses per partner country. With Experts and Partners of the project, the materials were temporarily adapted and optimized at a 4th project meeting in Poland. From the beginning up to the middle of 2013, test runs of teaching materials was held and evaluate at beginning, during and at the end of the test runs for a best optimization of products. All products were checked from two external experts for quality assurance mainly with Items watched terms of mapping the working world reality and the didactic and methodical implementation. Throughout the project, especially in the phase of implementation, dissemination activities of all project partners were carried out, such as the release of publications about the products and the purpose of the project. In August 2013 the project concludes with a successful conference in Slovakia. Goal was it to spread and present all results of the project, to a wider audience. Moreover, experience and information exchange, particularly with regard to the ongoing maintenance of the networks in terms of the sustainable implementation of the products could be pushed.
To ensure the sustainable implementation it is planned to carry out further dissemination activities in the individual countries. In addition to more publications and dissemination efforts mainly practical activities should be continued in all partner countries. Teacher trainings and professional meetings that take up specific issues (such as development of a project charter by teachers or forms of assessment in projects) should be provided.
The objective is to reach a larger group of teachers, teach and train them in application of the concept and build up larger network together. Know-how with the concept will be provided on a broader basis , so that, in the ideal case by a critical mass of competent teachers additional support structures for users and more new-users will follow.
As a prerequisite for the success of these activities, the low-threshold and long term guaranteed availability of all elements of the concept can be considered. Therefore, another focus of the sustainability strategy of the project is to ensuring the long -term and low-threshold accessibility of the concept elements (for download see products-download-area) as well as our home page. More results find in folder files.
Utilization and distribution of results
Access for disadvantaged
Public Administration and Defence; Compulsory Social Security
program or curricula
material for open learning
Core Curriculum Project Management
Didactic concept project management, teacher training concept, students evaluation in project,
PM Guideline "Project Management - Setting the Standards", teaching posters, project templates