Pivac, Dunja
B.109 | Wednesday, 18 July 2007, 11:30 - 12:00, Room B1
Visual art education in the croatian national educational standards
In the last fifteen years Croatian society has been going through fundamental transformation, from the one-party system it is being transformed into democratic society, based on pluralism, stimulating freedom of choice and evaluation. Those intensive social changes are reflected on the complete school system in the Republic of Croatia. Among many changes in the educational system, the Croatian National Educational Standards and their application in Croatian primary schools represent an important innovation. An experimental preparation for the introduction of the Croatian National Educational Standards was done in the school-year 2005/06, and from this school-year, 2006/07, the Croatian National Educational Standards have been implemented in all primary schools in the Republic of Croatia. In this way, the Republic of Croatia has accepted the general trend of introducing new educational standards. Unlike most of European countries in which educational standards have been realized in a smaller number of teaching subjects, especially in social and natural subjects and informatics, in the Republic of Croatia, educational standards have also been planned in the area of art, i.e. Visual art culture and Music culture. The Croatian National Educational Standards do not only predict educational standards, but initiate a complete innovation of teaching process from the standpoint of contemporary pedagogical and didactical conceptions. Teaching process is organized according to the principle of learning with a maximum activation of students through direct and open education, project work, research work, with a special emphasis on the correlation among teaching subjects. In new visual art education curriculum a special importance is devotes to work with gifted students and disabled students, i.e. art-therapy. By implementing CNES (the Croatian National Educational Standards) in the teaching process in the Republic of Croatia, any shortcoming in the evaluation of studentsí knowledge and skills, predicted by the PISA survey (language-mathematics-science), will be avoided, because the conception of education is inappropriately reduced by that survey to functional-pragmatic dimension.
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