Centre for Educational Research and Development / CERD

Activity / Aim of the Centre

The Centre for Educational Research and Development (CERD) carries out fundamental, applied and developmental interdisciplinary research, as well as educational activities which aim to develop the educational sciences and the education system.
The Centre’s mission is realized through the systematic professional development of its research staff who are focused on developing their expertise in different areas of the educational sciences, trained for interdisciplinary teamwork and committed to the development of partnership relations with key education stakeholders in Croatia and abroad.
The Centre was established in January 2001 at the initiative of professors from the Faculty of Philosophy in Zagreb (Department of Pedagogy, Psychology, Sociology and Philosophy), the Faculty of Teacher Education, University of Zagreb and researchers at the Institute for Social Research in Zagreb. The initiative was supported by experts from other Croatian universities and institutions, and in particular the Institute for Social Research in Zagreb, the Open Society Institute – Croatia, the Croatian Ministry of Science and Technology and the Croatian Ministry of Education and Sports.
The Centre’s activities include the following thematic areas:

  • curriculum (teaching plans and programmes, teaching materials)
  • internal and external evaluation of educational outcomes
  • organisational structure of the education system
  • improving the quality of learning and teaching in schools
  • pre-service and in-service teacher training, training of other professionals in education
  • social dimension of education
  • gender dimension of education
  • educational and professional choices of students.

The Centre is a member of several international education-related networks: EERA (European Educational Research Association), NEPC (Network of Education Policy Centers), CIDREE (Consortium of Institutions for Development and Research in Education in Europe), SEEECN (South East Europe Education Cooperation Network). The Centre is the head office of the Croatian Educational Research Association (CERA) which is a member association of the international EERA network.
The Centre is also one of the founders and partners in the HEISEE initiative (Higher Education Initiative for Southeastern Europe). The mission of the HEISEE initiative is to enhance the quality of higher education in the region. Other partner institutions in the Initiative are: the Institute of Higher Education, University of Georgia (USA), the University of Rijeka, the Institute for the Development of Education, the Agency for Science and Higher Education (ASHE) and the U.S. Embassy in Zagreb.

Research Staff

Zrinka Ristić Dedić, PhD, Head of the Centre
Professor Branislava Baranović, PhD (emerita)
Boris Jokić, PhD
Ivana Jugović, PhD
Iris Marušić, PhD
Jelena Matić Bojić, PhD
Teo Matković, PhD
Mirta Mornar, MA
Iva Odak, PhD
Saša Puzić, PhD
Josip Šabić, PhD

Projects

National and international cooperation

University of Rijeka
Institute of Higher Education, University of Georgia, USA
European Educational Research Association (EERA)
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb
Ministry of Science, Education and Sports
Educational Research Institute in Ljubljana
Department of Social Work of the Faculty of Law, University of Zagreb
London School of Economics
Faculty of Teacher Education, University of Zagreb
Network of Education Policy Centers (NEPC)
South East Europe Education Cooperation Network (SEEECN)
Forum for Freedom in Education
Institute for the Development of Education
National Centre for External Evaluation of Education
Agency for Science and Higher Education
Education and Teacher Training Agency
Croatian Educational Research Association (CERA)
Office for Gender Equality of the Republic of Croatia
Parents’ Association “Step by Step”
Open Academy “Step by step”
GONG
Open Media Group
Consortium of Institutions for Development and Research in Education in Europe (CIDREE)