Long term projects


Together in transition – Support to Children from Vulnerable Groups in Transition to Secondary Education

The project aims at increasing the number of students from vulnerable groups who continue their education at the secondary level. This project will strengthen the schools' and teachers' capacities to collaboratively plan and provide support to students from vulnerable groups in transition to secondary education. Mainly, the support will consider individualisation of preparation for graduation exam and professional orientation. Schools and teachers, as well as parents and peers, will be empowered through accredited seminars, seminars developed for project purposes, regular meetings and support of project associates. In addition, the selected schools will receive grants of 3,600 euros for the implementation of project activities. The project is being implemented in 10 selected primary schools, located in municipalities/cities with an increased need for intervention aimed at encouraging students' transition into high school.

 

  • Overall coordination and implementation of the project
  • Nevena Adžić
  • Tijana Jokić
  • Jasminka Čekić-Marković
  • Vitomir Jovanović
  • Ivana Cenerić
  • Milica Grahovac
  • Dejan Stanković
  • Ana Vušurović Lazarević
  • Maja Veselinović
Duration: January 2017 - December 2019

Financial Management, Accounting and Controlling Curricula Development for Capacity Building of Public Administration (FINAC)

The main goal of FINAC project is to contribute to the higher quality of budgeting, finance management, accounting and controlling in Albania's and Serbia's public administration by building its capacities in mentioned areas. This goal will be achieved through: designing and developing three new master degree programmes in Serbia and two new master degree programmes in Albania in the field of financial management, accounting and controlling; provision of trainings for public administration employees in Serbia; modernisation of one master degree programme in the field of public financial management in Serbia. All master degree programmes will be developed on the basis of learning outcomes, flexibility of learning paths in terms of choice of elective subjects and consequent specialisation, choice of teaching and assessment methods in order to ensure fulfilment of the learning outcomes.

  • Mapping of current level of knowledge of employees in public administration in the field of financial management, accounting and control;
  • Mapping of current qualification structure of public administration employees;
  • Report on the harmonisation of national strategies with EU directives;
  • Mapping of knowledge and expertise of trainers at the regional partner universities;
  • Coordination of meetings and harmonisation of plans regarding designing and developing master degree programmes;
  • Organisation of Steering Committee meetings;
  • Distributing country reports;
  • Participation in other project activities.
  • Žaklina Veselinović
  • Dejan Stanković
  • Vitomir Jovanović
  • Nevena Adžić
  • Jasminka Čekić-Marković
Duration: October 2016 - October 2019

Help on the Route - Fostering Protection of Human Rights of Migrants Passing Through Macedonia and Serbia

The project "Help on the Route - Fostering Protection of Human Rights of Migrants Passing Through Macedonia and Serbia" is implemented by the Ana and Vlade Divac Foundation, in partnership with the Arbeiter-Samariter-Bund Deutschland - ASB, Macedonian Helsinki Committee - MHC (Macedonia), and Novi Sad Humanitarian Centre - NSHC (Serbia). The overall objective of the project is to protect the human rights of migrants through activities of civil society organizations in different fields. The specific objectives of this project are to empower civil society organizations supporting migrants through networking and capacity building, as well as creating a more favourable environment for the prevention and eradication of all forms of violations of human rights through advocacy of public policies aiming to ensure the protection of migrants' and asylum seekers rights. Within the framework of this project, the Centre for Education Policy (CEP) supports the realization of the rights to education of the migrants and refugees’ children through the analysis of the capacities of organizations working in collective centres for support in ensuring the right to education for all children, training of employees in collective centres, developing of advocacy and information materials, as well as monitoring the realization of the right to education.

  • Implementation of activities aimed at supporting the realization of the right to education
  • Ivana Cenerić
  • Ana Vušurović Lazarević
Duration: June 2017 - June 2019

Fostering a democratic school culture in Serbia

The goal of this project is to improve the quality of education by fostering a democratic culture through applying anti-discriminatory approaches based on the Council of Europe standards and practices. Project aim is to enhance knowledge and awareness on the concept, policies, practices and benefits from inclusive education and a democratic school culture in schools and local communities, which will, subsequently, lead to decreased discriminatory approaches in schools, especially towards vulnerable groups. Another of the project’s goal is to use gained experience to develop national level recommendations. Main project activities will include applying framework of competencies for democratic culture and human rights education in school setting, as well as peer learning between participating schools.  A total of 20 primary and secondary schools from the territory of 14 local self-governments throughout the region have been selected to participate in this project.

Partner in project coordination and implementation.

Council of Europe, in partnership with the Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development.

  • Žaklina Veselinović
  • Ana Vušurović Lazarević
  • Vitomir Jovanović
  • Tijana Jokić
  • Dejan Stanković
  • Ivana Cenerić
Duration: April 2017 - February 2019

Our Story

The leader of the project "Our Story" is the Government of Serbia Coordination Body for the Municipalities of Presevo, Bujanovac and Medvedja (CB) while the Centre for Education Policy (CEP) is a partner in the project. In the municipalities of Medvedja, Bujanovac and Presevo classes in elementary schools are realized in either Serbian or Albanian language and there is no form of cooperation within which students would have the opportunity to mutually interact and cooperate. The aim of the project is to establish a link between students and teachers of the two elementary schools in Presevo through the organization of extracurricular activities for students belonging to different national communities, as well as to increase the capacities of teachers from Presevo to strengthen intercultural practices through teaching and extracurricular activities.

The project will attempt to contribute to the building of mutual trust and respect among students from different national communities present in Presevo and will document a process that can serve as a model of good practice, potentially useful for other multicultural environments where decades of segregated education is present.

  • Realization of training for students and teachers
  • Mentoring in the planning and implementation of student projects
  • Creation of a publication with the results of the project
  • Ivana Cenerić
  • Žaklina Veselinović
  • Aleksandar Avramović
Duration: June 2017 - December 2018

Supporting VET teachers’ Continuous Professional Development through e-Portfolio

General objective of the project is to promote the ePortfolio use in VET system in Serbia. Specific objectives of the project are set at 3 levels (i.e. policy, school, teacher/trainer). The specific objectives are: to raise policymakers’ awareness of the ePortfolio’s potentials in fostering teachers’ continuous professional development (CPD), improvement of teaching practice and development of 21st century skills for learners; to implement the whole school approach to the ePortfolio use for CPD by strengthening school management capacities to assess its ePortfolio maturity level, to plan, guide ePortfolio integration at the institutional level and select appropriate ePortfolio tools e.g. (Mahara, Google Drive) and to build capacities of VET teachers to use ePortfolio as a method for enhancing self-learning and self-reflection skills.

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  • Overall coordination and implementation of the project
  • Milica Grahovac
  • Jasminka Čekić-Marković
  • Žaklina Veselinović
  • Nevena Adžić
  • Jelena Radišić
Duration: January 2017 - December 2017

Democratic Competences in the Digital Era

The goal of this project is to implement several indicators from the Reference Framework of Competences for Democratic Culture (CDC) related to the media and social networks. The pilot project consists of following activities: literature and curriculum review, assessment of how competencies are currently reflected in the education systems in partner countries, research of teachers opinions and needs related to the CDC and its implementation in the digital space, development of a common approach and support to teachers for using new didactical approaches in teaching, as well as preparation of the strategic document with recommendations and best practice toolkit. 

  • Overall coordination and implementation of the project
  • Milica Grahovac
  • Jasminka Čekić-Marković
  • Žaklina Veselinović
  • Nevena Adžić
Duration: January 2017 - September 2017

Strengthening of Intercultural Practices in Culturally Diverse Schools

The goal of this project is strengthening of teachers, principals and professional associates of participating schools for the realisation of intercultural education. It foresees planning and implementing intercultural educational activities in five selected primary and secondary schools with high percentage of students belonging to national minorities from different regions of Serbia; strengthening of school teams for the implementation of intercultural school practices, testing of intercultural school activities on a selected sample and providing recommendations for further strengthening of intercultural practices in schools in Serbia, taking into account the capacities of institutions and possible support of the civil sector.

  • Overall coordination and implementation of the project
  • Tijana Jokić
  • Žaklina Veselinović
  • Jasminka Čekić-Marković
  • Ana Vušurović Lazarević
  • Nevena Adžić
  • Danijela S. Petrović
  • Radmila Gošović
Duration: July 2016 - July 2017

Teachers’ Interventions based on Research Findings

Building on the project NARIP, when local teachers teams conducted research in the fields of inclusive and intercultural education and based on the data obtained proposed adequate interventions for improvements in local communities, project “Teachers’ Interventions based on Research Findings” deals with the last phase of the action research - implementation of proposed. The goal of the project is to support five teams of teachers researchers in planning, implementation and monitoring of interventions, affirming in that way the role of teachers as leaders of positive changes in their local communities.

  • Overall coordination and implementation of the project
  • Milica Grahovac
  • Vitomir Jovanović
  • Žaklina Veselinović
  • Jasminka Čekić-Marković
  • Nevena Adžić
Duration: September 2016 - June 2017

Making Roads Safer Using a Gender-targeted Approach

In order to improve transport and road safety, the World Bank Transport and ICT Global Practice (in the Europe and Central Asia region) received a grant for an analytical project "Road safety through a gender lens making roads safer using a gender targeted approach". Within this engagement, local partner organisation SPIKS will deliver a road safety awareness campaign through focused intervention to high-school students in selected schools, while Centre for Education Policy will conduct preformative and impact evaluation od the campaign.

  • Qualitative research including analysis of data collected for the purpose of campaign improvement
  • Implementation of the impact evaluation pre and post intervention in the schools (sample size over 1500 students)
  • Preparation of the reports
  • Žaklina Veselinović
  • Dejan Stanković
  • Jasminka Čekić-Marković
  • Nevena Adžić
Duration: August 2016 - May 2017

Youth in multicultural community (MUMZ)

The goal of this project is to examine the intercultural sensitivity of young people, their parents and teachers in the region of Sandžak, as well as their attitudes towards intercultural education, in order to gain insight into their competencies for participation in democratic culture and life in culturally diverse society. Upon the realisation of the research, the research results will be publicly presented, firstly in Sandžak region, followed by other relevant conferences and events. The project is realised in partnership with the organisation Urban In, in the following cities: Novi Pazar, Sjenica, Tutin, Prijepolje, Priboj and Nova Varos. 

  • Overview of foreign and domestic literature in order to develop research design
  • Creating a questionnaire and defining of sample
  • Realisation of research
  • The systematisation, processing, analysis, interpretation, contextualization of data and writing the report
  • Research results presentations 
  • Žaklina Veselinović
  • Tijana Jokić
  • Jasminka Čekić-Marković
  • Nevena Adžić
Duration: July 2016 - May 2017

Improving the quality of the education system of the Republic of Serbia and developing horizontal learning between schools (SHARE)

The main idea of the project is to initiate and develop mutual exchange and learning between schools with the aim of improving everyday practice of all participating schools. The project will support cooperation between 10 good schools and 10 pilot schools in need for additional support, as assessed through the process of external evaluation. The Project will assist good schools in taking a role of ‘critical friend’ by empowering them to recognise their own strengths and to reinforce their capacities for providing support and exchange of good practices with other schools. On the other hand, 10 pilot schools will be supported in taking actions to improve educational opportunities for their students. In order to do so, these schools will get continuous support from the CEP, IEQE, external expert mentors and peers from good schools. Based on lessons learned, the Project will provide recommendations how this novel practice could be scaled up to the system level.

  • Partner in overall coordination and implementation of the project
  • Dejan Stanković
  • Jasminka Čekić-Marković
  • Vitomir Jovanović
  • Nevena Adžić
  • Ana Vušurović Lazarević
  • Borislava Makismović
  • Saša Glamočak
  • Biljana Radosavljević
Duration: June 2015 - March 2017

Support to education of migrant children/ refugees in the Republic of Serbia

This project is based on the Work Plan for the implementation of the Cooperation Programme between UNICEF and the Government of the Republic of Serbia in the field of education in the period 2016-2017. The project goal is to enable successful integration of migrant/ refugees children into the education system, starting from preschool education to the end of high school. It will be achieved through the development of training programs for educational institutions and school administration, as well as associations that implement programmes of informal education in refugee centres; providing mentoring support and small grants to educational institutions; providing linguistic and professional support to schools and preschool institutions with these students enrolled. In the first phase of the project, participating institutions are selected from the cities where there are refugee centres (Belgrade, Lajkovac).

  • Development and implementation of programmes to improve the capacity of educational institutions, school authorities and civil society organisations
  • The establishment of grant scheme for educational institutions and coordination of their plans of including children and students
  • Providing support to institutions for the successful integration of children and students
  • Cooperation with all interested parties, the Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development and social welfare centres in enrollment of children
  • Coordination of meetings and mentor team
  • The distribution of relevant materials, reports and promotion of good practices
  • Ensuring quality education for children and students who are enrolled in regular education
  • This project is supported by UNICEF Serbia, in line with the  Work Plan for the implementation of the Cooperation Programme between UNICEF and the Government of the Republic of Serbia in the field of education in the period 2016-2017, and Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development of the Republic of Serbia.
  • Ivana Cenerić
  • Jasminka Čekić-Marković
  • Žaklina Veselinović
  • Nevena Adžić
Duration: September 2016 - February 2017

Towards the Institutionalisation of Inclusive Education Monitoring

The main aim of the project is to make new proposal of The Standards of Quality of Education for next revision in 2016, which should include created and adapted indicators of National Framework of Inclusive education in Republic of Serbia made by Institute of Psychology. Institute of Evaluation of Quality of Education (IEQE) as partner on the project participates in creation of the proposal for new revision of The Standards of Quality of Education which should become more sensitive to capture different school aspects of inclusive education. Proposal of old, new and adapted standards and indicators, as well as evidences that serves in process of verification of standards and indicators, will be piloted in 20 primary schools across Republic in Serbia in order to achieve measurable, feasible, relevant, economic and informative set of standards, indicators and evidence of inclusive education with strong correlation with quality of education.

  • Overall coordination
  • Piloting of standards and indicators and evidences
  • Creating proposal for revision of standards of quality of education
  • Comparative analysis of international school practices with special classes
  • Vitomir Jovanović
  • Tijana Jokić
  • Jasminka Čekić-Marković
  • Nevena Adžić
  • Jelena Najdanović Tomić
  • Jasmina Đelić
Duration: December 2015 - December 2016

Combating Early School Leaving in Serbia

The project aims to contribute to decreasing dropout and early school leaving of children and adolescents through the establishment and enforcement of mechanisms for early identification of children at risk of dropping out, responding to this and through the implementation of efficient prevention measures and intervention at the school level. It is implemented in 10 selected primary and secondary schools. Project activities are aimed at decreasing the dropout rate in selected schools through testing the measures for dropout prevention and strengthening schools’ capacities for independent elaboration and implementation of policies in this field. Target groups of this project are children at risk of dropping out and their parents, other children in school, teachers, local community and relevant institutions (centres for social welfare, local self-governments etc.), civil society organisations, while the beneficiary will be the wider community.

  • Partner in overall coordination and practical implementation of the project 
  • Jasminka Čekić-Marković
  • Žaklina Veselinović
  • Nevena Adžić
  • Vitomir Jovanović
  • Ana Vušurović Lazarević
  • Tijana Jokić
  • Borislava Maksimović
  • Radmila Gošović
  • Ljiljana Simić
  • Katarina Stanić
  • Mirjana Ilić
  • Saša Glamočak
Duration: April 2014 - October 2016

Towards Sustainable and Equitable Financing of Higher Education in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro and Serbia (FINHED)

The project aims to contribute to ensuring a more efficient, effective and equitable financing of higher education in the Western Balkans through (a) gathering and analysing fundamental and essential evidence on system-level and institutional financing and equity in higher education in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro and Serbia; (b) introduction and implementation of the EUROSTUDENT survey in the three countries of the Western Balkans; (c) strengthening local expertise in developing policies on financing and equity in higher education; (d) policy framework for an efficient, effective and equitable higher education systems in the three countries; (e) university financing models based on sensible diversification of income streams; and (d) the establishment of Regional Resource Point with the purpose to sustain results and disseminate them across the region.

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  • Coordinate the analysis of financing and equity in three HE systems, including the EUROSTUDENT Survey;
  • Contributing to the preparation and delivery of the content for workshop and assist EU partners in developing content for study visits and seminars;
  • Coordinating the activities and contributing to the work of national experts in policy and strategy development;
  • Establishing and maintaining Regional Resource Point;
  • Contributing to project dissemination and exploitation.
  • The project is supported by the European Commission within the framework of the Tempus Programme (project number: 530550-TEMPUS-1-2012-1-RSTEMPUS-SMGR)
  • Ivana Živadinović
  • Žaklina Veselinović
  • Jasminka Čekić-Marković
  • Dejan Stanković
  • Tijana Jokić
  • Vitomir Jovanović
  • Tijana Jokić
  • Nevena Adžić
  • Nikola Dejanović
Duration: October 2012 - April 2016

Teachers - Reflexive Researchers of Inclusive Educational Practice (NARIP)

The project is based on the assumption that all the changes in the educational system cannot come to life if they do not directly involve those who are the main actors in the process of teaching - teachers themselves. The backbone of the activities in this project is the idea of a teacher as a researcher, a person who examines and based on concrete evidence improves practice and actively contributes to the improvement of conditions for quality education for every child. The project aims to support local teams of teachers researchers to research and promote inclusive practices in their school and community; improve the cooperation of teachers and other participants in the educational process; identify issues in practice for improvement and proposals for their solution; increase the professional satisfaction of teachers, to contribute to the development of a knowledge base on education, teaching and learning and its promotion.

  • Overall project coordination
  • Milica Grahovac
  • Vitomir Jovanović
  • Jasminka Čekić-Marković
  • Nevena Adžić
Duration: December 2014 - December 2015

Intercultural Education in System of Education in Serbia

The goal of this research is to provide insight into current state of Intercultural education in Serbian system of education and to formulate recommendations for policy makers based on the evidence and emerging conclusions. The research contains following analyses: analysis of legal and strategic framework, analysis of programmes at Teacher education faculties, analysis of Draft National Curriculum Framework, analysis of Catalogue of programmes for in-service teacher professional development and analysis of project activities in civil sector. Apart from these analyses, an overview of teachers' experiences of capacity building for Intercultural education was done as well as a research on teachers' intercultural sensitivity. Additionally, besides recommendations for policy makers, a proposal of indicators for monitoring Intercultural education in Serbia was given.

  • Overall coordination and implementation of the project
  • Author of analysis, research, overviews, recommendations and proposed indicators
  • Publication editing and dissemination. 
  • Jasminka Čekić-Marković
  • Tijana Jokić
  • Nevena Adžić
  • Danijela S. Petrović
  • Radmila Gošović
  • Blagica Zlatković
  • Saša Milić
Duration: June 2015 - December 2015

IPA — Increasing the Capacity of the Serbian VET System in Improving the Quality, Coverage and Relevance of the Vocational Education and Training

Together with the GOPA Consultants (DE) and Ecorys UK Ltd (UK), Centre for Education Policy is part of the consortium led by WYG International Limited (UK), which is implementing an EU funded project “Increasing the capacity of the Serbian VET system in improving the quality, coverage and relevance of the vocational education and training”. The purpose of the project is to increase capacity of Serbian VET system in improving the quality, coverage and relevance of the vocational education and training through: 1. The assessment, revision and implementation of training programmes in the area of VET; 2. Capacity building of institutions involved in VET reform; 3. Development of the National Qualification Framework (NQF) for VET.

  • WYG International Limited (UK)
  • GOPA Consultants (DE)
  • Ecorys UK Ltd. (UK)
  • European Commission
  • Jasminka Čekić-Marković
Duration: December 2013 - December 2015

Support to Pilot Schools for Implementing Inclusive Education Policies and Practices

Joint project of the European Union and the Council of Europe aims to improve social inclusion and social cohesion in the region, by promoting inclusive education and training. The project includes the countries of Southeast Europe - Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Montenegro, Serbia, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Kosovo*. Seven selected schools per country will receive technical and financial support in the form of small grant loans (donations) for the improvement of inclusive education. In addition, there will be established a regional network of inclusive pilot schools (Inclusive School Net), for mutual learning and exchanging of experiences. Centre for Education Policy is a part of consortium, in charge of providing schools in Serbia with the technical support during the project lifetime.

  • Partner in implementation of the project in Serbia
  • Jasminka Čekić-Marković
  • Žaklina Veselinović
  • Nevena Adžić
  • Vitomir Jovanović
  • Milica Grahovac
  • Ana Vušurović Lazarević
Duration: January 2013 - October 2015

Equal Access for All: strengthening the social dimension for a stronger European Higher Education Area (EQUI-ED)

The overall objective of the project is to diversify and enlarge the student body to mirror the society structure in Serbia. The specific objectives are to (a) enhance and improve efficiency of national support programme for diversifying and enlarging the student body entering and completing HE; (b) to establish and institutionalise practice of data collection and analysis in the domain of social dimension of higher education, both at the system and institutional level; (c) to establish institutional framework supporting student population to participate equally in higher education.

 
  • CEP’s role in the project was to contribute to the baseline study on social dimension, enhancement of the statistics on higher education, as well as to the development of the policy framework on equal access to higher education in Serbia
  • The project is supported by the European Commission within the framework of the Tempus Programme (project number: 516851-TEMPUS-1-2011-1-RS-TEMPUS-SMGR)
  • Ivana Živadinović
Duration: October 2011 - June 2015

Conducting Graduate Surveys and Improving Alumni Services for Enhanced Strategic Management and Quality Improvement (CONGRAD)

The CONGRAD project’s wider objective is to enable Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) in Serbia, Montenegro and Bosnia and Herzegovina to continuously conduct graduate surveys for the purpose of enhancing study offerings and facilitating permanent modernisation processes. CONGRAD is expected to contribute to the improvement of institutional self-evaluation processes by collecting systematic and reliable information on the links between study offerings and subsequent employment of graduates, as well as enable the evidence based evaluation of higher education reforms and curricular changes in the last decade. CONGRAD results will be exploited through the development of an action plan for future graduate surveys including other HEIs in the Western Balkans.

 
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  • Conducting analysis of existing alumni data collection system
  • Providing trainings (maintenance of contact database; field work and online survey system)
  • Creation of contact database
  • Establishment of online survey system
  • Field work
  • Questionnaire development
  • Data verification and coding
  • Data analysis and reporting
  • Development of action plan for future graduate surveys
 
  • The project is supported by the European Commission within the framework of the Tempus Programme (project number: 517153-TEMPUS-1-2011-1-DE-TEMPUS-JPGR)
  • Predrag Lažetić
  • Ivana Živadinović
  • Dejan Čabrilo
Duration: October 2011 - October 2014

Teachers’ Alliances - Road to Quality Education

The aim of the project is raising awareness of teachers about the teaching profession beyond the subject affiliation, started with project Teachers’ Attitudes towards Their Profession (RANON), familiarising teachers with the advantages of the formal partnerships in order to facilitate greater influence on the formulation and implementation of inclusive education policies, acquainting them with the importance of  these policies and strengthening their professional capacities through trainings for their successful implementation.

 

  • Overall project coordination
  • Jasminka Čekić-Marković
  • Milica Grahovac
  • Žaklina Veselinović
  • Vitomir Jovanović
Duration: October 2013 - July 2014

European Integration in Higher Education and Research in the Western Balkans

The project seeks primarily to strengthen the capacity of partner institutions in the Western Balkan countries in the area of educational research in general, and higher education and research policy analysis in particular, as well as to strengthen the basis for evidence based policy making in the area of higher education and research in the Western Balkans. At the same time, the project looks into the dynamics of higher education and research systems in the Western Balkans, while placing them against the backdrop of European integration processes. The project aims to contribute to knowledge within education research, higher education and research policy analysis and European studies, given that the information and analytical studies of higher education and research in the Western Balkans countries is rather limited.

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  • Coordination of the project activities
  • Setting up the project web site 
  • Mapping of existing data – focus on validity and reliability 
  • Further literature review to develop an overarching analytical framework and guide data collection and analysis
  • Development of the data base – distribution and collection of questionnaires, interviews and study visits
  • Preparation of the final book 
  • Participation in open seminars
  • Jelena Branković
  • Predrag Lažetić
  • Žana Bogunović
Duration: March 2011 - February 2014

Building Capacity for Structural Reform in Higher Education of Western Balkan Countries (STREW)

The project objective is to strengthen capacity for higher education structural reform in Western Balkan countries and facilitate a coherent convergence of the Region towards European Area of Higher Education, as a prerequisite for genuine implementation of Bologna agenda. Specific project objectives are (a) to enhance Regional cooperation in higher education issues and address questions concerning coherent convergence of the Region towards EHEA; (b) to strengthen capacity for change in public administration of Partner Country’s higher education institutions, on the issues related to the EU modernisation agenda; (c) to develop joint regional roadmap for structural reform and benchmark it with the best European practice.

  • Delivering training courses for higher education administrators on the collecting and instrumentalising evidence in university policy making, policy evaluation and monitoring of implementation.
  • Supporting the establishment of the Western Balkans Higher Education Expert Network
 
  • The project is supported by the European Commission within the framework of the Tempus Programme (project number: 511335 -TEMPUS-1-2010-RS-TEMPUS-SMHES)
  • Jelena Branković
  • Predrag Lažetić
  • Milica Grahovac
Duration: October 2010 - October 2013

Education Policy Study Programme in Serbia and Montenegro (EPSP)

The project objective is to contribute to the reform of education system in Serbia and Montenegro through establishing modern, flexible and internationally recognised programmes (master level) on education policy, compliant with the highest European standards and designed to meet constantly changing needs of education systems and to respond to expectations of different groups of learners and users.

  • Producing a report on benchmarking analysis of education policy study programme;
  • Contributing to the curriculum development activities.
  • The project is supported by the European Commission within the framework of the Tempus Programme (project number: 159074-TEMPUS-1-2009-1-RS-TEMPUS-JPCR)
  • Predrag Lažetić
  • Jelena Branković
Duration: December 2009 - September 2013

University’s Social Responsibility

The research aims primarily at identifying and interpreting the internal and external perceptions of the social contract between university and society in Serbian context (through qualitative techniques), by addressing the issue of university’s social role and responsibility, as seen by its members, on one hand, and salient external stakeholders, on the other. In parallel, the research seeks to identify (through quantitative techniques) key characteristics of the protagonists of academic profession in a changing higher education environment.

  • Project coordination
  • Coordination of the research team
  • Data collection and analysis
  • Publication of results
  • Jelena Branković
  • Predrag Lažetić
  • Ivana Živadinović
  • Milica Grahovac
  • Jasminka Čekić-Marković
  • Isidora Jarić
  • Jelena Kleut
  • Nada Sekulić
  • Dušan Spasojević
Duration: November 2011 - May 2013

Teachers’ Attitudes towards Their Profession (RANON)

The project strives to contribute to the development of the teaching profession, as well as creating a solid empirical base on teachers' attitudes and perceptions on key educational topics (teaching profession and its improvement, responsibility, quality of education, cooperation of teachers within the school, at the municipality level etc.) for the purpose of further in-depth analysis and research. The project also aims at creating the pre-conditions for the development of education policies based on research and with participation of teachers as key actors in the educational process; providing teachers with the information on modern trends in education and their role in improving the quality of education and, finally, providing teachers with the information about opportunities for self-organization at the municipality level and the possibilities of strengthening teachers' associations. 

  • Coordination of the research team
  • Development of the focus groups based research framework and methodology
  • Conducting focus groups interviews 
  • Data collection and analysis
  • Report writing
  • Presentation of the results during regional events
  • Administrative support
  • Jasminka Čekić-Marković
  • Nataša Pantić
  • Jelena Radišić
  • Jelena Raković
  • Aleksandra Maksimović
  • Mirjana Kovačević
Duration: November 2011 - March 2013

Monitoring Inclusive Education

This project is being implemented within a broader plan for short-term follow-up of monitoring of the implementation of inclusive education policy, which should provide regular reports and feedback needed in order to enable education system to generate quick corrective actions of different actors involved in the implementation of the inclusive education policy. The project is focused on school work and cooperation in local communities as essential objects for monitoring. In-depth qualitative analyses of practices of inclusive education (that did not exist in current practice) is being be used as monitoring methodology. Monitoring of work of a small number of schools are being be part of an analysis that would identify what worked well in practice so far, what are the key school pillars in the implementation of Individual Education Plans, what are the difficulties and barriers they faced, what are experiences gained and what schools and communities have learned from the experience of implementing inclusive education.

  • Documentation of existing practices in the implementation of inclusive education, specifically the implementation of Individual Education Plans, developing pedagogical profile of the child and the individualization of teaching, enrolment procedures and organization of overall educational and social support for the child within the school and the local community;
  • Mapping the existing problems in the implementation of inclusive education and analyze their causes;
  • Formulate proposals and concrete solutions in implementation of inclusive education for the purpose of better achieving the objectives of the inclusive education policy (correction of existing support measures and proposals of new measures);
  • Developing the model for monitoring the inclusive education at the school level together with the model for the observation of teaching focused on the elements of inclusive education.
 
  • Predrag Lažetić
  • Julija Jeremić
  • Vitomir Jovanović
  • Péter Radó
  • Danijela Petrović
  • Zdenka Milivojević
Duration: August 2011 - March 2013

Advancing Teacher Professionalism for Inclusive, Quality and Relevant education (ATEPIE)

The main goal of the project is to formulate national qualification frameworks for teachers in Western Balkan countries which can act as guidelines for further changes of educational practices and the reform of educational system. Their elaboration entails engagement of decision makers in the field of education, teachers’ educators, researchers and teachers themselves. A special attention is given to the voice of parents and pupils, especially those from marginalized and vulnerable groups, in order to assure a truly inclusive and anti-discriminatory approach. The project also strives to empower teachers within the related project “International Teacher Leadership,” as well as to provide support to young researchers of South Eastern Europe and disseminate policy recommendations, proposals and education research results.

 
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  • Overall project coordination
  • Project implementation
  • Centre for Educational Initiatives Step by Step
  • Institute for Social Research in Zagreb
  • Foundation for Education and Cultural Initiatives Step by Step
  • Pedagogical Centre of Montenegro
  • Gordana Miljević
  • Milica Grahovac
  • Nataša Pantić
  • Jasminka Čekić-Marković
  • Vlasta Vizek Vidović
  • Zoran Velkovski
  • Saša Milić
  • Radmila Rangelov Jusović
  • Graham Danaldson
  • Jelena Radišić
Duration: April 2011 - March 2013

Campaign for Inclusive Education

The overall goal of the campaign for inclusive education is creation of an inclusive culture and practice for all children - increasing the enrolment rate of children from marginalized groups and improving the quality of education that they receive in preschool, primary and secondary education. The campaign included over 100 events across Serbia together with media campaign at the national and local level, publishing of articles on the topic of inclusive education and preparation of materials for educational institutions in Serbia about quality educational practices harmonized with the principles of the Education for All. The campaign included a brochure providing an overview of basic concepts related to inclusive education was prepared in order to better understand the concept of inclusion and inclusive education, as well as the importance of inclusion in society in general.

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  • Nevena Adžić
  • Vanja Ivošević
  • Emina Ferizović
  • Mirjana Ilić
  • Gordana Josimov
  • Borislava Maksimović
  • Milena Mihajlović
  • Zdenka Milivojević
  • Nataša Nikolić Gajić
  • Marija Ristovski
  • Tatjana Stojić
  • Vesna Zlatarović
Duration: October 2010 - September 2011

Research Policy, Financing and Performance: Croatia, Serbia and Slovenia in comparative perspective

The aim behind the study was to provide an informative comparison of policy developments, financing and performance in the three countries which were once part of the former Socialist Federative Republic of Yugoslavia: Croatia, Serbia and Slovenia. The research looked into the degree to which financing as a policy instrument is conducive to the development of scientific research within these countrie. The results can primarily be used by policy makers in Serbia, and though to a lesser extent other two countries, as well as international institutions and organisations approaching or seeking to enhance their understanding of the research systems under study.

  • Project coordination
  • Coordination of the research team
  • Data collection and analysis
  • Book writing and publishing
  • Jelena Branković
  • Predrag Lažetić
  • Norbert Šabić
  • Mihajlo Babin
Duration: December 2009 - April 2011

Mapping Policies and Practices for the Preparation of Teachers for Inclusive Education in Contexts of Social and Cultural Diversity in the countries of Western Balkans

The overall objective is to contribute to the promotion of inclusive education and training policies and practices in Western Balkan countries (Albania, BiH, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia) in contexts of social and cultural diversity. The specific objectives are (a) to analyse policies and practices regarding teachers’ pre-service training and in-service professional development schemes at the country level, to identify issues, challenges and good practice in the 7 participating countries with regard to the skills and competences required for inclusive education practices by teachers from primary and secondary education; (b) to identify in a cross country report the key findings from the country analyses in regard to major issues, challenges and good policies and practices for preparing teachers for inclusive education.

 

  • Research coordination in general in phase 1
  • Development of the conceptual framework and key research tools
  • Coordination of the country research teams, including management and administration of expenses
  • Expert support for teams in drafting the reports
  • Coordination of research in Serbia in phase 1
  • Preparation of the synthesis report
  • Nataša Pantić
  • Vanja Ivošević
  • Martina Vukasović
  • Bojana Rokvić
  • Anthony Camilleri
  • Daniela Proli
  • Ivana Batarelo Kokić
  • Lejla Kafedzić
  • Bardhyl Musai
  • Ognen Spasovski
  • Tamara Milić
  • Xhavit Rexhaj
  • Pavel Zgaga
  • Alison Closs
Duration: June 2009 - June 2010

Autonomy of Higher Education Institutions in the Countries of Former Yugoslavia

In cooperation with Magna Charta Observatory, CEP conducted research on the concept of autonomy in higher education in the former Yugoslavian countries. The research was focused on the following questions: Who is autonomous? What does autonomy mean? How autonomy is "implemented"? The analysis of the concept of autonomy on the basis of laws and regulations was conducted as well as an analysis based on interviews with key stakeholders in all ex-Yugoslavian countries. The research addresses four dimensions of autonomy, namely, organizational structures and institutional governance, staffing, finances and academic matters. Preliminary results of the research were presented at the 24th annual CHER (Consortium of Higher Education Researchers) conference in Iceland in June 2011.

  • Predrag Lažetić
  • Vanja Ivošević
  • Martina Vukasović
  • Jelena Branković
  • Bastian Baumann
Duration: September 2009 - May 2010

Reproduction of Social Inequalities through Education Transition & Efficiency and Equity of Student Standards

As part of a wider research project dedicated to the analysis of poverty in Serbia, two analyses were conducted by CEP: (1) an analysis of reproduction of social inequalities through education transitions and (2) an analysis of efficiency and equity of the student welfare system in Serbia. The first study focused on issues related to the reproduction of social inequalities through the education system in Serbia, with special attention to the system solutions about the rules of registration in high school and colleges, and to the transfer points where social reproduction becomes evident. The second study was dealing primarily with a system of scholarships and student loans in Serbia. The aim of the research was the assessment of equity and efficiency of the distribution of such assistance to students taking into account socioeconomic status of students.

  • Identification and consolidation of available data bases (PISA, TIMSS, higher education in Serbia data base etc.)
  • Analysis of data on three education transitions: from primary to secondary, from secondary to higher education and from higher education to work
  • Analysis of statistical data about student grants and loans awarded in the course of 5 years
  • In-depth semi-structured interviews with 15 students from various socio economic backgrounds
  • Writing of (1) An analysis of reproduction of social inequalities through education transitions and (2) An analysis of efficiency and equity of the student welfare system in Serbia.
  • Martina Vukasović
  • Nataša Pantić
  • Mihajlo Babin
  • Sanja Petakovska
Duration: November 2008 - February 2009

Working Conditions of Teaching Staff in Higher Education

The aspect of higher education teaching staff working conditions are very often neglected in higher education reform plans and even the institutions that have started developing their own quality assurance systems often do not pay attention to this aspect of quality, although it is often points out that teachers have a key role in education reforms. Through analysis of relevant documents (legal framework, statutes of universities and colleges, rulebooks) and interviewing of staff, different aspects of teachers' work were addressed  (nomination and promotion, teaching function and it’s possible training, research function and it’s possible training, administrative function and it’s possible training, the satisfaction of staff with the working conditions, etc.).

  • Project coordination
  • Research coordination
  • Research design and implementation
  • Martina Vukasović
  • Marija Mitrović
  • Jana Baćević
  • Sanja Petkovska
  • Isidora Jarić
Duration: January 2008 - December 2008

National Qualifications Framework

Publication about the National Qualifications Framework primarily serves as a key reference text for the implementation of the National Qualifications Framework in Serbia (and possible other countries in the region). The publication contains basic information about NQF relevant for the implementation of NQF in Serbia and examples of implementation of NQF in other countries.

  • Predrag Lažetić
  • Bojan Komnenović
  • Martina Vukasović
  • Vanja Ivošević
Duration: January 2008 - December 2008

Factors of Low Efficiency of Studying in Higher Education in Serbia

In cooperation with the Czech scientific institute CERGE-EI, CEP conducted research on the inclusiveness and efficiency of higher education in Serbia. The research involves analyzing the structure of the student population in terms of socioeconomic characteristics. Furthermore, during the research the possible impact which socioeconomic characteristics of students have on access, progress and finishing of higher education was considered. The research results were presented in the form of scientific article for publication in the Higher Education Policy in English and the journal of the Institute for Philosophy and Social Theory in Serbian.

  • Predrag Lažetić
  • Martina Vukasović
  • Marija Mitrović
  • Isidora Jarić
  • Jana Baćević
Duration: January 2008 - December 2008

Financing Higher Education in South-Eastern Europe: Albania, Croatia, Montenegro, Serbia, Slovenia

The research of higher education funding models in SEE has been launched in order to made available information about higher education funding in selected countries of SEE, but also to deepen the higher education funding theme with the systematic review of the theory about higher education funding. The research approach was by the three analytical levels: system, institutional and individual student's level. The key intention of the study is to provide material for widening and deepening the ongoing discussions on financing higher education in the region and to offer a solid overview of the current situation to interested national and international audiences alike.

  • Predrag Lažetić
  • Martina Vukasović
  • Vanja Ivošević
  • Klemen Miklavič
  • Mihajlo Babin
Duration: January 2007 - December 2008

Tuning Teacher Education Curricula in the Western Balkans

The research was designed in order to provide information about the competences that teachers need in practice and that could serve as a base for development of programs and courses for teacher education. For this purpose, the project was designed to help in determining disparities between demands of practice and existing programs for teachers’ education. The aim of this research project was to examine the possibility of reform of curriculum for teachers’ education towards education based on the competencies they need in practice. Using the methodology of the European Tuning project, these competencies are defined in consultation with students and staff from institutions for training teachers, but also with a greater number of staff from future employers, e.g. kindergartens and schools. The survey included institutions for teachers’ education in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Croatia, Macedonia and Serbia.  

  • Definition of the conceptual framework and development of the preliminary list of teachers competences
  • Consultations with stakeholders, finalization of the list of teacher competences, distribution and collection of questionnaire and analysis of results
  • Overview of the existing policies and study programs in teacher education and identification of necessary improvements with respect to competences needed
  • Preparation and writing of the Analysis of Teacher Education Curricula in the Western Balkans
  • Preparation of the publication Tuning Teacher Education Curricula in the Western Balkans
  • Coordination of the regional experts’ team
  • Administrative support and coordination
  • Nataša Pantić
  • Zoran Grac
  • Anči Leburić (University of Split)
  • Ivana Zec (University of Split)
  • Lejla Kafedžić (University of Sarajevo)
  • Ivana Zečević (University of Banja Luka)
  • Jelena Mihaljević Djigunović (University of Zagreb)
  • Ivan Jerković (University of Novi Sad)
  • Violeta Arnaudova (University of Skopje)
  • Ognen Spasovski, (University of Skopje)
  • Bojka Đukanović (University of Podgorica)
  • Mirko Đukanović (University of Podgorica)
  • Biljana Stanković (University of Belgrade)
Duration: July 2006 - June 2007