2015-01-30 15:49:00

CARNet as a member of the Expert Working Group for implementation of Comprehensive Curricular Reform

On Monday 2nd February 2015, a seven-member Expert Working Group for implementation of a Comprehensive Curricular Reform for early and preschool, primary-school and secondary-school education started with its work. The group leader is Mr. Boris Jokić, Ph.D., a scientist at the Institute for Social Research.

The Working Group members are Ms. Suzana Hitrec, principal of the Secondary School of Administration Zagreb and president of the Association of Croatian Secondary-School Principals, Ms. Branislava Baranović, director of the Institute for Social Research, Ms. Zrinka Ristić Dedić, senior research assistant at the Institute for Social Research, Ms. Branka Vuk, Assistant Director at CARNet, Mr. Tomislav Reškovac, teacher of philosophy at the Private Classic Secondary School in Zagreb and Ms. Ružica Vuk, Ph.D., assistant professor at the Department of Geography at the Faculty of Science in Zagreb.

The president and the members of the Expert Working Group were announced at the press conference held on Thursday, 29th January, at the Ministry of Science, Education and Sports by the Minister of Science, Education and Sports, prof. Vedran Mornar, Ph.D. The Minister pointed out that the Expert Working Group will be aided by a special unit for professional and administrative support for curricular reform.

It will be composed of 60 employees of the Ministry, the Education and Teacher Training Agency, the Agency for Vocational Education and Training and the National Centre for External Evaluation of Education. The overall task includes working on curricular documents, establishment of evaluation systems, assessment and reporting, training of teachers and other employees of educational institutions and, finally, preparation of new manuals, textbooks, auxiliary teaching tools and digital contents. This will be performed by special expert working groups composed mostly of practitioners.

Croatian Academic and Research Network - CARNet, together with its partners, the Education and Teacher Training Agency and the Open University Algebra, has been dealing with the subject of curriculum modernisation in the past two years on the project entitled "Development of the elements of qualifications, programmes and curricula related to computer competency in primary school education", aided with the grant for "Further development and implementation of the Croatian Qualifications Framework" IPA IV, component: Human Resources Development. Its main objective was modernisation of the primary-school curriculum with clearly defined learning outcomes in cross-curricular topic of information and communication technology in 8 subjects (mathematics, Croatian language, physics, history, geography, chemistry, biology and foreign language) in four primary-school classes (5th to 8th grade).

Modern curriculum is exceptionally important for achieving digital maturity of schools, which is the goal of the CARNet's E-schools project. Introducing ICT to learning and teaching processes will encourage development of personal digital competences of all those who participate in them. Equipping schools and teachers with information equipment required for learning and teaching processes, as well as development of infrastructure necessary for delivery of contents to their users, will create preconditions for implementation of digitisation and development of educational contents coordinated with the National Educational Curriculum.


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