THE INITIATIVE PROMOTER’S PERSPECTIVE
The information for the case study was collected during two interviews with Dr. Laura Muresan, the project coordinator.
The Quality Assurance for Schools and Teachers project was planned and carried out as a result of the high interest and necessity for standard setting and procedures in evaluation, quality control and educational management at European level, as well as for the development of a training guide for teacher trainers and multipliers responsible for quality assurance at different levels of the educational system.
The main objectives of the project were:
• To consolidate the process towards quality assurance in language education, in both the state and the private sectors, within the framework of European co-operation
• To adapt and disseminate systems and approaches developed at European level and in different country contexts
• To encourage professionals representing different languages to speak ‘the same language’ when addressing quality issues.
The main objectives were met by including the following activities:
• Expert meetings and cross-project links with other projects in the field of education
• The realisation of a survey to collect feedback on the applicability of the CD-ROM on Quality Management
• Producing the “Quali-Training” Guide
• Organising regional events for teacher training and a central event for disseminating and piloting the project
• Updating the project website
The results of the project included:
• A practical guide in the form of a CD-ROM and a website - "Quality Management in Language Education”
• The process of producing the CD-ROM
• Setting up a network of professionals in the field
• Multiplier training events
• The CD-ROM/website "Quality Management in Language Education” as a resource material, reflecting the collaborative work of participants from over 30 countries in Europe, intended to present the project results to the wider audience all over Europe and beyond.
Application for the ELL was motivated by the fact that it offers visibility and recognition of the quality dimension and its international relevance in different contexts. Also the process of application gives the opportunity of an exchange of experience, from grassroots level to decision makers (national authorities.
The results and outcomes of the project have been included in other European research projects in what concerns their quality assurance component.
As this was the first year the ELL was awarded, the projects receiving it had a great impact, as they set the standards for the following awards and provided concrete models.
Recommendations for future applicants for the ELL:
• to have the vision of what they want to achieve and what is relevant for the stakeholders, including partners
• to have sound underlying principles, knowledge of the benchmarks and of standards
• to be genuinely interested in the project
THE NELLIP NETWORK’S PERSPECTIVE
The NELLIP Network selected the Quality Assurance for Schools and Teachers project because of its consistency with the political priorities of the European Commission in the field of language learning. In particular, the Quality Assurance for Schools and Teachers project has been chosen because of its contribution to setting standards in quality assurance in education and its main role in creating and developing European education professionals' awareness in the necessity of these quality standards.
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