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Ondrej Kascak: The Institutional Conditions of Adapting To Future Challenges in the Slovak Education System

The second country study of our Future Challenges to Education Systems in Central Eastern European Context project, focusing on Slovakia, is available now.

The project focuses on the ability of the Central-Eastern European education systems to adapt to disruptive future challenges, such as technological changes and their impact on labor markets, demographic changes (ageing, migration, etc.), climate change, populist politics and autocratic governance, old and new inequalities, or changing gender roles.

The Slovakia country study, written by Ondrej Kascak, Vice-Dean for Science, Research and Art Activities and Head of Department of the School of Pedagogy at Trnava University, Professor of Pedagogy at Charles University in Prague, and lead editor of the Journal of Pedagogy, is aimed at describing and analyzing the extent to which the Slovak education system is capable of adapting to future (foreseeable) societal and educational challenges, drawing on national data. The report compiles and summarizes basic data on the Slovak education system and education outcomes.

The analysis provides worrying findings. Inefficient administration hinders school autonomy in Slovakia. The level of teacher engagement and student engagement in education is low. Collaborative professional learning among teachers is one of the lowest. Pupils' learning cultures are traditional, without collaborative elements. Slovak students also lag behind in key educational areas. Moreover, young Slovaks are among the least engaged in leisure pursuits in Europe and are least likely to be actively involved in civic engagement and in preventing climate change.

Download the working paper here.

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