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Agenda Brighton Meeting

Agenda of LABMAQUAL meeting at IES Brighton

16-17 November 2001

Friday 16/11

09.00 -   9.15  Welcome and start of meeting
09.15 - 10.30  Presentation multilateral feedback
10.30 - 11.00 Coordinators overall evaluation of the draft reports
11.00 - 11.15 Coffee and tea break
11.15 - 13.15  Discussion about 29 comparative items
13.15 - 14.45 Lunch
14.45 - 18.30 Further discussion about 29 comparative items and discussion about major factors not included in the itemlist
18.30 Closure

Saturday 17/11

09.00 - 10.45 Conceptual framework, selection and organisation of case-studies
10.45 - 11.00  Coffee and tea break
11.00 - 11.45 Administrative questions
11.45 - 12.15 Further research steps (eg. preparation survey) and other information (Brusselsí meeting, Cedefop)
12.15 - 13.00 Working Lunch & Further Questions

 The second meeting took place in Brighton, in November 2001. Again only the research partners were present in this meeting.

- a. every draft national report was presented alternatingly by one of the other research partners who has been asked to prepare for this. The French partner commented on the UK report, the UK partner commented the Dutch report, Spain commented France, the Netherlands did so wih Germany and finally Germany commented Spain. Also a more multilateral discussion took place.

- b. the coordinators have given their overall evaluation  of the first drafts of the national reports. One of their conclusions was that in the country reports insufficient account had been taken of the conceptual framework, which rendered a comparison between the countries difficult. The coordinators proposed to discuss the national reports in detail in bilateral meetings between the partners and the coordinators, because during the plenary meeting in Brighton this was too time consuming. This proposal was accepted.

-   c. the coordinators had made a first comparative analysis of the national reports in a large table. The analysis of each country was already communicated before the meeting with the respective national researchers who could comment on or adapt the analysis. From the table could be deduced what information was lacking for which country. The comparative analysis has been discussed multilaterally. OFIPE agreed to make a comparative table for different French higher education programmes. Discussions have been tape-recorded.

- d. the presentation of the conceptual framework for the case studies by the coordinators. In view of the experiences with the draft country reports, again the importance has been stressed of following the guidelines set by this framework. On request of the partners the coordinators have made a list of contents for the case study reports.  Furthermore it has been explained that in each country totally four case studies of education programmes should be made, within two education institutions in order to keep things manageable. The selected education programmes should have been subjected to a quality evaluation not too long ago. It was agreed that the national research partners would propose education programmes to the coordinators which would assess these proposals from some overall criteria.

- e. some administrative and financial matters were discussed

- f. further research steps were explained, especially the survey. It was agreed that the sample for the survey would concentrate, if possible, on employers which have a relationship with the selected education programmes. The importance was stressed of gathering names and adresses of companies and employers during the case studies

- g. the coordinators reported about the Leonardo reference material promotersí meeting which took place in  Brussels at the end of June.