Developing Research in Education and Understanding of Teacher

The challenge of developing teacher educator capacities

The project has conducted a needs assessment for staff capacity development at the Faculty of Education. The European experts have led the analysis process by conducting a series of interviews with staff and by examining the profile and CVs of the staff. Based on the data a proposal was made to develop a comprehensive professional development program. The Program had anticipated modules of: Understanding the professional practice and the role of the teacher educators, teaching and learning, developing research skills, assessing master students and mentoring master thesis. A total of 18 days of workshops have been planned and spread in the period of 2015, 2016 and 2017. The program had planned a series of workshops followed by various reading materials and assignments. The detailed program of implementation of this capacity building program can be accessed here .

The project partners have reviewed the progress continually and have determined a process of developing assessment practices to complete the certification of those who would successfully complete the program


Teacher education conference “Developing teachers to meet the demands of 21st century”

On 29 September 2015, the project organized a teacher education conference on the topic of Developing Teachers to Meet the Demands of 21st Century. The conference was aimed to bringing together policy makers, researchers, teachers educators and school teachers and administrators in a joint forum to discuss the Kosovo realities of teacher education reform in light of the national policies and European Trends.
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The conference was organized in a way that in addition to the 4 keynote speeches there would be presentations of research papers form the field in parallel sessions. There were a total of 15 research papers selected by the scientific committee with the view that they would contribute to the debate on reforming teacher education and teaching in Kosovo school context.

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The conference was closed with a panel discussion on the needs to prioritize the reform interventions in Kosovo in order to respond to the policy requirements and following good EU practices in teacher education. More than 150 participants attended the conference including Ministry of Education officers, school level staff, municipal education authorities, pedagogical institute staff and other NGOs and developments partners in education. The conference opened by the Rector of the Univeristy of Prishtina Dr. Ramdan Zejnullahu, Director of Higher Education in the Miinstry, Mrs. Drita Kadriu, and Dean of the Faculty of Education at Prishtina University Dr. Ethem Ceku. The event was the focus of the media as well ( http://www.ekonomiaonline.com/video/27660/pergatitja-e-mesimdhenesve-baza-e-nje-shoqerie/ ; http://www.rtklive.com/?id=2&r=43562 )


 A Master program on inclusive education launched

The project supported the design of a new Master Program in Inclusive Education to train teachers and support teachers to develop inclusive education practices in Kosovo school context. Furthermore, the purpose of this was to support the development of inclusive education as a research area at the Faculty of Education. The program was launched in October 2016 and students were selected on a competitive basis. A total of 40 students started the program in October 2016. To access the program description please click here

 

Launch of the mentor teacher training workshops

The first group of mentor teachers started the training program at the University of Prishtina’s Faculty of Education on March 18, 2017. A total of 140 teachers started the program in four parallel sessions while workshops were facilitated by the academic staff of the University of Prishtina’s Faculty of Education.

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Student teaching manual developed for master students to support their school experience

During the period October 2016 through to February 2017, a team of University of Prishtina’s Faculty of Education has worked on developing a student teaching manual which will serve the Master students to complete the requirements for student teaching in schools. The manual outlines the processes as well as roles and responsibilities of student teachers, school directors, mentor teachers in school as well as the supervising professors from Faculty of Education. In addition, the manual provides guidance as well as forms for the evaluation of student teaching. The student teaching manual can be accessed HERE

Linking theory and practice: training school teachers for mentoring student teachers

The project has supported the development of a training program for mentor teachers in schools so that they are supported in their role of supporting student teachers during their school experience. The training program will be accredited by the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology and recognized within the teacher licensing scheme. It is a three days program and in order to successfully complete it teachers need to attend the workshops regularly and submit the assignments that were specified in the program which include an individual  reflection paper and a team presentation. The training agenda can be accessed HERE

Doctoral studies seminar held at University of Ljubljana

During dates 24-25 September 2017, the project supported the University of Prishtina’s Faculty of Education co-organize with University of Ljubljana’s Faculty of Education and University of Roma Tre a doctoral studies seminar whereby Doctoral students of three Universities and the staff would engage in discussions and review of doctoral research in the three universities. The seminar started with a presentation on the PISA and TIMMS assessments and the comparisons that can be drawn as a form of comparison between the three participation states (Kosovo, Italy and Slovenia) as well as the way researchers can utilize the data and the outcomes to orient education research. The agenda of the seminar can be accessedHERE

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University of Prishtina’s Faculty of Education has completed Research Strategy

The project has supported University of Prishtina’s Faculty of Education in completing the Research Strategy which is aimed to be an institutional tool for developing the research profile for the Faculty of Education. This is seen as a way to re-orient the research work of the Faculty of Education staff and students towards relevant areas that are considered important for both the institutional development as well as contribution to practice development. The document in upcoming years is expected to be implemented by the institution through a partnership between the decision making bodies and teacher educators to enhance the research activity of the institution and education research in general. The Strategy Document can be accessed HERE

Arrangements for practical training of vocational pedagogy master program completed

The JAMK University representatives visited two vocational schools in Prishtina (Gjin Gazulli – engineering school; Hoxhe Kadri Prishtina- Economy school) on dates 29 and 30 May 2017. The school visits involved discussions with school directors and selected staff on the practical training arrangements for VET Master program students which is foreseen within the curricula. Discussions led to identifying modalities that best can help master students in conducting a quality school placement. JAMK representatives have provided a written report on how best the University of Prishtina’s Faculty of Education can help students conduct a quality school experience including provision of workshops for schools and introducing a proper monitoring and support system for students during school placement.

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Studying good practices of inclusive teacher education at University of Bologna

During the dates 02-05 May, a six member delegation of the University of Prishtina’s Faculty of Education visited University of Bologna. The purpose was to expose the staff of the Master Program on Inclusive Education to good practices of linking Master student experience with the school practice and leading students towards a relevant field of research on inclusive education as part of their Master thesis research. The delegation visited schools and classrooms which reflected the modern view of working with students with learning difficulties. The agenda for the visit can be accessed HERE

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The mentor teacher training workshops continued in their second day of the program

 In dates April 15 and 22, 2017, the project organized the follow up round of workshops for mentor teachers on mentoring master students during their practical training experience. The workshops focused on the themes of mentoring cycle, namely the pre-observation conference, observation and post-observation conference. Teachers have indicated the workshops are helping them make their mentoring practice more relevant. In addition, teachers were provided a guideline for the final certification assignment they have to complete within this program which is reflective writing on how to make the student teacher experience as relevant as possible.f3f4

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Strengthening university-school cooperation to improve student teacher experiences

On 14th April, Faculty of Education organized a meeting with the school directors of schools who are supporting Faculty of Education in organizing student teaching experience as part of the teacher education curriculum. The Minister of Education, Science and Technology Arsim Bajrami, the Rector of University of Prishtina Marjan Dema and the Municipal Education Director in Prishtina Arberie Nagavci participated in the meeting. The 28 school directors were awarded certificates of appreciation for the cooperation with the University of Prishtina’s Faculty of Education. Minister Bajrami addressed to school directors by saying that the work that mentor teachers are doing with mentoring student teachers will be credited within the teacher licensing system which will be a motivational scheme for teachers to engage in such mentoring practices. The meeting was organized in the context of the professional development program that is being provided within the TEMPUS Project “Modernizing teacher education at the University of Prishtina”.

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Mentor teacher training workshops continue

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Following the launch of the mentor teacher training workshops on March 28th (2017) the follow up workshops continued on March 25 and April 1st (2017). The feedback of participants during the workshops was very positive and this enabled in addition to the training also the development of a dialogue between teacher educators and schools on the issues of concern in the implementation of student teaching (school experience) while students are being prepared to start this experience in the next two weeks. Following the first day of workshops, the 2nd day of the program was focused on the issues around the pre-conference, observation and post-conference in the observation cycle in regards to the implementation of the student teaching.

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Standards and guidelines for the Master Thesis research developed and approved

Over a series of workshops and reviews in coordination meetings, the project has completed the Manual for Master Thesis at the Faculty of Education. The draft was approved by the Faculty of Education Council in November 2016. The manual is providing a basis for raising standards of research at Master level and provides detailed guidelines for students and staff on how to formulate, the process of conducting research work and the standards of assessing the student thesis. As part of consultation process, the staff of Faculty of Education were involved in all relevant parts of development and EU input was guided towards ensuring the standards of Master level research are increased given the capacities and challenges currently faced. The final version of the Master Thesis manual was discussed in a workshop with Faculty of Education staff on February 10, 2017. Here, you can access the Manual on Master Thesis in English and in Albanian.

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 The quality of writing Master Thesis to be improved

In parallel to developing the Manual on Master Thesis, the project has developed a TEMPLATE for writing Master Thesis at the Faculty of Education. The Template provides both methodological advise and also establishes a format of how to organize the writing including the details of font, margins, structure and suggestions what should be written in designated sections. This template will be used as a tool for the staff of the Faculty of Education to guide students towards abandoning some of the practices of variety and unstructured Master Thesis defended in the past. The TEMPLATE for writing Master Thesis can be accessed here in English and English.

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Student satisfaction feedback collected and addressed

At the end of the first semester of studies, all Master students were asked to complete a questionnaire to express their views on the experiences in the Master studies to date. The questionnaire was developed in cooperation with all the partners in the project. The University of Prishtina administered the survey online and it was unanimous. Students were not asked to assess individual courses but rather program experience while they were given the chance to give their comments express their specific worries and ideas. The main concerns of the students were related to the lack of literature in Albanian language, the difficulties of combining participation in classes and being full time teachers, and lack of practical relevance of the programming. The detailed results of the survey are attached HERE.

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Standards and guidelines for the Master Thesis research developed and approved

Over a series of workshops and reviews in coordination meetings, the project has completed the Manual for Master Thesis at the Faculty of Education. The draft was approved by the Faculty of Education Council in November 2016. The manual is providing a basis for raising standards of research at Master level and provides detailed guidelines for students and staff on how to formulate, the process of conducting research work and the standards of assessing the student thesis. As part of consultation process, the staff of Faculty of Education were involved in all relevant parts of development and EU input was guided towards ensuring the standards of Master level research are increased given the capacities and challenges currently faced. The final version of the Master Thesis manual was discussed in a workshop with Faculty of Education staff on February 10, 2017. You can access the Manual on Master Thesis Here

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The quality of writing Master Thesis to be improved

In parallel to developing the Manual on Master Thesis, the project has developed a TEMPLATE for writing Master Thesis at the Faculty of Education. The Template provides both methodological advise and also establishes a format of how to organize the writing including the details of font, margins, structure and suggestions what should be written in designated sections. This template will be used as a tool for the staff of the Faculty of Education to guide students towards abandoning some of the practices of variety and unstructured Master Thesis defended in the past. The TEMPLATE for writing Master Thesis can be accessed HERE

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Student satisfaction feedback collected and addressed

At the end of the first semester of studies, all Master students were asked to complete a questionnaire to express their views on the experiences in the Master studies to date. The questionnaire was developed in cooperation with all the partners in the project. The University of Prishtina administered the survey online and it was unanimous. Students were not asked to assess individual courses but rather program experience while they were given the chance to give their comments express their specific worries and ideas. The main concerns of the students were related to the lack of literature in Albanian language, the difficulties of combining participation in classes and being full time teachers, and lack of practical relevance of the programming. The detailed results of the survey are attached HERE.

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Student satisfaction survey results were presented to the staff

The report of the student satisfaction survey conducted at the end of the first semester was presented to the management and staff of the Faculty of Education on February 10th. The report was presented with the view of identifying the biggest challenges students have faced. Following the presentation, a discussion was moderated by the management of the Faculty of Education on how best to address those challenges in the second semester of the studies and beyond. Concrete ideas were agreed upon on how to proceed further.

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Programs on leadership in education and curriculum and teaching revised

The programs on educational leadership and curriculum and teaching were revised and formally accredited. The changes to the programs were made based on the experience and feedback form students on how to make the programs more relevant to school context. A number of courses were added to reflect the innovative developments in the specific areas. New courses included: International and comparative education, social statistics, project based learning etc. For full access to the program description for leadership in education click here and for the Curriculum and teaching click here
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The project supported the development of the doctoral program in education

As a result of the project, the University of Prishtina and University of Ljubljana collaborated as a side effect cooperation on the development of a doctoral studies in education program at the University of Prishtina. The program was accredited and 12 students were admitted to the program. The delivery of the program started in December 2016 and staff of University of Lubljana and University of Prishtina are co-teaching in English language.To access the program description please click here
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A Master program on inclusive education launched

The project supported the design of a new Master Program in Inclusive Education to train teachers and support teachers to develop inclusive education practices in Kosovo school context. Furthermore, the purpose of this was to support the development of inclusive education as a research area at the Faculty of Education. The program was launched in October 2016 and students were selected on a competitive basis. A total of 40 students started the program in October 2016. To access the program description please click  here .