Evaluation of a project as part of PGB11 – evaluation of the ‘Promotion of lecturers in the training of VET professionals’ study programme

Lecturers at universities of teacher education who train VET professionals face the challenge of having to achieve a ‘dual competencies profile’ (in the occupational field of teaching as well as in the vocational professions their students will teach). To support young lecturers, the four universities of teacher education which train VET professionals (PHLU, PHSG, PHZH, SFUVET) developed a programme which is being evaluated by the Evaluation Units of SFUVET and PHSG.

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Lecturers at universities of teacher education and SFUVET who train VET professionals face the major challenge of achieving a ‘dual competencies profile’ to ensure high-quality training of VET teaching professionals. This means they must possess the competencies of the disciplines and practices of the teaching profession (e.g. pedagogics) as well as those of the training professions (e.g. electrician).

To learn about, gain an in-depth understanding of and reflect on the daily practice in the occupational fields of both the teaching profession at vocational schools as well as training professions and to incorporate this into their own teaching, the four universities of teacher education which train VET professionals – i.e. PHLUPHSGPHZH and SFUVET – developed a study programme.

This programme consists of two main elements: job shadowing which can be individually structured (10 half-days within a study year) on one hand and joint reflection on experiences and findings in the study programme on the other. The job-shadowing partners may be vocational schools, branch courses or host companies which are selected and contacted by participants themselves based on their individual priorities. The programme is completed by participants with an observation portfolio and a reflection portfolio.

The implementation phase – including evaluation with the programme being carried out twice (2022–24) – will be funded by Swissuniversities as part of the promotion of young talent programme (P-11 dual competencies profile).

The Institute for Educational Evaluation at PHSG and SFUVET’s Evaluation Unit have been tasked with evaluating the project’s pilot phase. The evaluation’s main goal is to improve the programme and aims to produce findings that can be used to update, optimise and firmly establish the study programme as well as for quality assurance purposes.

  • Workshops
  • Interviews with various actors (participants, management)
  • Document analysis