Zorana Kurbalija Novicic - Science in schools-case study from Serbia

Science in Schools: case study from
dr Zorana Kurbalija Novicic
Tamara Pantelic
Centre for Science and Art Promotion Serbia
The frame of implementation of science in schools-Serbian scenario
Semi-closed scientific
Low motivation
among researchers
No-existence of
institutional coverage
-3.578 elementary and high
-656.000 students
-50.000 teachers
-12.500 researchers
-16 Universities
-15 Institutes
Not-up-to date
based curricula
30 students/class
300EUR average
salary/ teacher
Consequences: present status
Students are forced (due to very rigid school system and not-up-to-date curricula)
to learn only facts without getting functional knowledge which they will be able to
use in solving practical real-life problems
Disinterest of young people to gain new knowledge or to implement some newly
acquired skills into function (to solve some practical problem)
Young people shows lack of self-confidence and is not ready to get involved into a
labor market
Young people also do not show any interest in pursuing academic careers.
-The situation has deteriorated because of the economic and financial crisis
followed by high unemployment rate (26,5% among the youth until 30 yrs of age)
and increased public debt of a country. These economic problems, combined with
corruption and labour unrest, are the reasons why more and more young educated
people possessing knowledge and technical skills prefer to emigrate or to continue
their studies abroad (especially in EU countries) and not return, thus effectively
leaving Serbia
Our action -main ideas
We are maintained set of actions which are meant to improve a
quality of education system through implementation of
innovative educational models into rigid and robust education
platform presented in Serbia
The focus will be moved from learning the facts with an aim to
memorize, to learning functional links between facts with an
aim to understand the causalities between them. In that way
the student will be able to use the knowledge in order to solve
problems and to create new solutions.
The better education system will produce the high quality
students with armed with functional knowledge, self-esteem,
skills and potential to be involved in competitive conditions in
STEM field. In our opinion, such approach will consequently
increase the transit from STEM academia to entrepreneurship.
The main question that we aim to answer are:
How to attract young students to STEM?,
How to create a functional knowledge?
How to implement acquired functional knowledge in solving
Specific objectives
• To make scientific and technological careers (STEM) more attractive to
young students
• To start an implement of proposed innovative platforms and methods in
educational curricula and monitoring of implementation and outcomes
• To make young people work with open-access educational resources and
become familiar with the use of science media as a way of informal
• To foster sustainable and cross-cutting interaction between the different
interested partners: government, education system, research institutions
and other establishments, industry, Civil Society Organisations (CSOs).
• To make a link between functional knowledge and final knowledge
• To foster the entrepreneurial way of thinking
• Start to create conditions that foster serendipity in education.
• - To avoid the brain-drain talents from SEE region
• - To acknowledge relevance of gender balance and dimension in research
Methodology ran by individual enthusiast!
To conclude…
• Strong network of researchers involved in science promotion
(500 researcher, 50 research institutions)
• Science in regular school curricula dependent of teacher
interest in science
• Children are highly motivated to do the science experiments
but has no possibilities except during different outreach
activities (Festivals, Science days, Researchers Night)
• No institutional coverage for science involvement in schools
• Presently running a Researchers Night EU Funded since 2011
• Science festival Belgrade since 2007
• Submitted project under call HORIZON2020
• 200 elementary and high school teachers under ODS
programs and Tempus and Erasmus projects
Thank you for attention!
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