The science team of the LEA Institute for Contemporary Education presented two scientific papers at the International May Conference on Strategic Management – IMCSM22, which was held between May 27 and May 29. The leading conference in the field of general management was held via the Zoom web conference platform this year, and organized by the Department of Management of the Technical Faculty in Bor, member of the University of Belgrade.
Benefits of participation in the Erasmus + programme
The paper entitled Erasmus+ projects in Serbian educational institutions: LINK Educational Alliance case study was prepared by researchers from the Institute for Contemporary Education’s Center for Scientific Research and Publishing: Valentin Kuleto, President of the Institute for Contemporary Education, Milena Ilić, Director of the Center for Scientific Research and Publishing, Nina Stojanović, Director of the Institute for Contemporary Education’s Project Center, and Dina Daniel Gabriel and Larisa Mihoreanu, associates and teachers at the Faculty of Contemporary Arts (FCA) and Information Technology School (ITS).
The entire research is based on the case study method, and LINK edu Alliance participation in the Erasmus+ program, which is very significant both for individuals, and for institutions. Participation in this program brings various benefits, such as: improving the knowledge of foreign languages, communication and IT skills, developing teamwork skills and creative thinking, as well as strengthening one’s capacity for decision making. The program promotes knowledge transfer and networking across cultures and generations. The LINK edu Alliance and Erasmus+ share the same goals which refer to promoting sustainable growth, social cohesion, innovation, quality jobs and lifelong learning.
The research proves that student mobility increases their chances of finding employment, as well as that many Erasmus+ alumni often occupy managerial positions.
Investing in teaching staff shapes the educational standard of future generations
The second scientific paper – Working activity composition for K-12 teachers in LINK Educational Alliance, Exploratory research regarding observed teacher’s workload and projected distribution – generated quite a buzz at the conference. The paper is the result of research on the project LINK Edu Alliance K-12 teacher working hours activity composition and AI based improvement possibilities organised by our Alliance at the beginning of the year. Researchers from the Institute for Contemporary Education who participated in the development of this paper include: Valentin Kuleto, President of the Institute for Contemporary Education, Milena Ilić, Director of the Center for Scientific Research and Publishing, Roskana Buk Mane Tonis and Dan Paun, teachers at the Faculty of Contemporary Arts and Information Technology School, as well as Zorana Živanović, Principal of International School.
The paper emphasizes the importance of increasing the quality of the teaching workforce, because it directly raises the educational standard. The first step in achieving this goal is identifying factors that contribute to teachers’ workload, i.e. managing teacher performance is defined as a key goal in effectively achieving the goals and objectives of high-quality educational standards.
Survey was used as a testing method in the research, whereas an online questionnaire was used as a data collection method. The survey was applied to K-12 program teachers at the LINK edu Alliance.
Induction, deduction and statistical methods were also used. However, the survey method proved suitable for specifying significant components of teachers’ workload. The survey was conducted on a representative sample, and was preceded by a nationwide survey.
Results showed that K-12 teachers possess genuine knowledge about AI. A working hours composition analysis of LEA teachers was also conducted based on current practices, and the mean value. Since there is always room for improving efficiency by conducting work activities in an optimal way, productivity gaps must be uncovered and observed components must be improved.
Presentation of scientific papers
Scientific research that resulted in the promotion of the two scientific papers mentioned above was conducted within the Centre for Scientific Research and Publishing of the LINK edu Alliance’s Institute for Contemporary Education. They attracted a lot of attention, primarily because they cover important segments of education.
Both papers were accepted for presentation and published in the IMCSM22 Book of Abstracts, while full versions will be published in the IMCSM22 Conference Proceedings.
By presenting these papers, we continue to introduce changes into the future of education.