20th Anniversary of the establishment of the Centre for Educational Research and Development (CERD) was celebrated on Tuesday, 28th September 2021 in Zagreb. The audience was welcomed by Hrvoje Meštrić, Ph.D., Acting Director of the Directorate for Science and Technology, Ministry of Science and Education, Boris Jokić, Ph.D., Director of the Institute for Social Research in Zagreb, and Zrinka Ristić Dedić, Ph.D., Head of the Centre for Educational Research and Development.

It was emphasized in the introductory speeches that the Centre has become, since its establishment in 2001 until today, a leading spot for exploring educational phenomena and researching the Croatian educational system, by conducting an array of significant scientific research and developmental projects. Centre’s significant social contribution was achieved through the agency of its researchers as key initiators and creators of a number of reform processes in education. Scientific research work carried out in the Centre served as a basis for introducing the self-assesment of schools and the external assesment of educational achievements at the final year of secondary education (State Matura) in 2009. Moreover, Centre’s scientific and professional expertise served as a basis for the development of the Strategy of Scientific, Educational and Technological Activity (2012-2014), and Centre’s research staff designed and conducted the process of the Comprehensive Curricular Reform (2015-2016).

The short history of the Centre was presented by prof. Branislava Baranović, Ph.D., one of the founders of the Centre, and its Head since the establishment until 2011.

Current research activity of the Centre was presented by principal investigators of selected recent projects, Iris Marušić, Ph.D., Iva Odak, Ph.D. and Boris Jokić, Ph.D.

The third part of the programme was dedicated to the particularly relevant topic of the social impact of educational research among the professional and general audience, and in the political sphere. In a discussion moderated by Iris Marušić, Ph.D., ex-colleagues and collaborators of the Centre, who nowadays work in various institutions and are active in various social domains, exchanged their opinions and experiences on the topic: Karin Doolan, Ph.D., Lana Jurko, Danijela Dolenec, Ph.D. and Ana Dasović.

Published: September 29, 2021