The role of research in curricula reform in initial teacher education in Croatia

Vizek Vidović, Vlasta and Domović, Vlatka and Drvodelić, Maja (2012) The role of research in curricula reform in initial teacher education in Croatia. Reflecting education, 8 (2). pp. 140-148. ISSN 1746-9082

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In this paper we examine the relationship between extensive empirical research on teacher education carried out in Croatia since 2003 and educational reform of university curricula for prospective teachers within Bologna process. The research offered an insight in different initial teacher education models in EU countries and empirical data on teachers' educational needs in Croatian context. First, we discuss the structural and content changes in the initial teacher education curriculum based on the suggestions from comparative and empirical analysis. The empirical data, collected from several target groups – prospective teachers, university teachers, employed primary and secondary school teachers - give an insight into teachers educational needs at the beginning of the educational reform starting in 2005. The content analysis of new curricula has been carried out in order to examine whether the needs assessment data were taken into account in new curricula development. Secondly, the data from the new cycle of empirical research starting in 2010 are presented offering an insight into some effects of curricula reform at student outcome level. We conclude that the impact of comparative analysis data was stronger at the structural and formal level than in curricula implementation process. Nevertheless, in the first generation of students who studied under the new programs some positive shifts in their perception of achieved competences have been identified.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Language: English.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Initial teacher education, university curricula, prospective teachers, teacher competences
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
L Education > L Education (General)
Depositing User: Karolina Vranješ
Date Deposited: 18 Feb 2015 14:25
Last Modified: 06 Mar 2015 15:04

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