This article is written by 3 professors from the University of Banja Luka together with Robert Gollob, based on their experiences in the EWC project Preparing Future Teachers in the Western Balkans.
Authors: Margareta Skopljak, Drazenko Jorgic and Zelimir Dragic
The paper was recently published in the scientific magazine Naša škola (Our school) and focus is on the results they have achieved in two semester courses they have tested during the project.
It is in Serbian, with abstracts in English and Russian.
The research aims at examining the self-evaluation of readiness of female students of the Teachers’ College for creating democratic culture in school through an experimental content introduced in two course units: Moral Education for Democracy and Methodology of Moral Education for Democracy (during a sin-gle academic year). The sample comprised 23 female students of the third-year undergraduate studies of the Teachers’ College, with a single group experiment applied. The respective analyses concerning the initial, the intermedial, and the final evaluations were conducted both quantitatively and qualitatively. The results show that this experimental programme, based on various relevant contents, interactive models, and exercises in critical and creative thinking, contributes to better readiness of respondents for creating and developing democratic culture in school environment, which confirms the main hypothesis of the research. Overall, the results of this andragogical-methodological research represent a significant contribution to improving professional competences of future junior grade teachers, to encouraging democratic culture in school, and to developing of the civics and education in general.Keywords: democratic culture in school, democratic principles of school, civics, students-future junior grade teachers.