research


The scientific research of the faculty includes the areas of humanities and social sciences. Hence it deals with: 

  • The development of modern competences in educational processes in pre-school institutions, student residences, primary and secondary school, and lifelong-learning;
     
  • The development of modern didactic models with multimodal and IT-approaches;
     
  • The implementation of the results of recent scientific researches in pedagogical practice;
     
  • The development of modern didactics of different subjects (languages, mathematics, natural sciences, arts, sports etc.) for all levels of education.  


For this purpose the Institute of Educational Sciences has been established as a organisational unit of the faculty.    

 

Erasmus+ project Pedagogy & Practic

Categories:

  1. about the project, broadly,
  2. work with students,
  3. developing Effective Learners workshop,
  4. developing Effective Learners conference,
  5. materials.

 

1. About the project


Erasmus+ project titled Pedagogy & Practice focuses on improvement of quality of education of the future teachers and improvement of teaching of teachers who are already equipped with practice and experience, i.e. practitioners. Among the University of Primorska, Faculty of Education (in the continuation UP FEd) there are four foreign universities, so called partners, which all are involved in this project, namely besides UP Fed also Pädagogische Hochschule Karlsruhe (Germany), Lusofona University (Portugal), CPFP Baja Aragon (Spain) and edEUcation (Great Britain). The project was announced for the period 2018–2020, but it has been prolonged to the year 2021 because of the Corona virus.  

Partners of the projects could choose among different topics, such as classroom management, teaching models, assessment for learning and developing effective learning. At UP FEd we chose the latter topic wherein we got the concept (or booklet with the title Developing Effective Learners) as a model from our English partner. We decided for the mentioned topic in accordance with the wish to improve especially the quality of pupils' learning (like teaching the pupils in which ways they can observe their own learning, develop their learning in the sense to be more effective and self-dependant when learning etc.). We translated the booklet Developing Effective Learners in Slovene (see the rubric The material, Developing Effective Learners) and gave (sent) it to chosen different participants in practice. We also dealt with this topic with students at the Faculty of Education and discussed it with them.

According to the project we performed the workshop on the chosen topic, Developing Effective Learners, in February 2020 and in August 2020 we performed the national field conference with the same title.

Partners cooperate via live and online meetings. The first live meeting was in November 2018 in England, Richmond (Picture 1). In June 2019 the meeting was organised in Slovenia, in Koper (Picture 2), the third one was in Germany, Karlsruhe, and the last one is predicted to be in Portugal 2020 (in Lisbon).

You are kindly invited to get some more impressions about the events through checking the rubric The material (e.g. Newsletter No 1 and Newsletter No 2).

Colleagues who have being involved in the project at UP Fed are:

Barbara Baloh, Eda Birsa, Majda Cencič,  Nataša Dolenc Orbanič, Barbara Horvat, Tina Štemberger and Tadeja Volmut. Tina Cotič and Andreja Perčič are helping us by carrying out different events and by promoting them.

 

2. The work with students


At the lecturers and tutorials of different subjects (Didactics, Didactics of Slovene, Practical Training 1, Teaching Practice 1) we discussed the chosen topic developing effective learners with students.

According to the tutorials we invited the students to prepare different products connected to the topic.

For the purpose of the project we chose two video recordings about that topic (videos were made by students of the study programme Primary School Teaching in the 1st cycle of the 2nd year) and we chose also some examples of didactic tools and a didactic game on the same topic (these products were made by students of the above mentioned study programme, 1st Cycle of the 5th year / 2nd Cycle of the 8th year).

Please click the bellow links to view the products.   

  • Developing effective learners video (recording) 1 (Maša in Žana Hladnik, Renata Krkoč, Tjaša Mihelj, Lorena Rijavec, and Alina Špacapan)
  • Developing effective learners video (recording) 2 (Darja Ozebek, Špela Pugelj, Lenča Rijavec, and Lejla Stanonik)
  • Narrative fan and Narrative puzzle didactic tools (Nika Žgank)
  • Construct me! didactic game (Lara Kodrič)
3. Developing Effective Learners workshop

We organised the workshop with the title Developing Effective Learning on 13 February 2020 at UP FEd. 44 teachers of primary schools and lower secondary schools (who teach pupils aged 6 to 11 years) participated and were from different geographical regions of Slovenia. But some of them also came from neighbouring Italian regions where Slovene is the main language in schools.  

For the beginning of the workshop we organised the lecture about developing effective learners (Developing effective learning from perspective of Pedagogy). Two workshops followed according to wish of the participants and were designed in the cross-curricular way, one connected Natural Science and Sports (Effective learning of Natural Science through Sports) and the other one Visual arts and Slovene (Visual stimulation as the starting point of telling stories).

At the end of the workshop 41 people participated in the evaluation. We found out that they were very satisfied with the event.

We asked them additionally for their opinion also at the end of April 2020 when we sent the attendees who participated in the mentioned workshop the online questionnaire in order to get at least some additional information for the preparation of the final report. We got the answers of 15 attendees (perhaps due to the circumstances of Covid 19 and the occupation with the online teaching, too). After our checking the responses of the online questionnaire we figured out again that they saw the workshop as important and that they praised the interdisciplinary connection to which the lecturers gave priority. They also complemented the correct work at the workshop, the possibility to actively cooperate of all participants and the opportunity to exchange the opinions constructively. 

They also wrote in the evaluation questionnaire immediately after the workshop that the workshop was interesting, that they received new practical ideas, tools and aids for experiencing the content, examples of combining the topic in several subjects, various didactic games and the promotion of the teachers' creativity and, consequently, the pupils' creativity.

There was also the answer that they got to know a new project and refreshed their knowledge.
 

4. Developing Effective Learners conference

 

5. Materials
  • Developing effective learners
  • PedPack Newsletter No 1
  • PedPack Newsletter No 2
     
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