Course date

5 July - 16 July, 1999
Application deadline
15 February, 1999
Course Director(s): 

Thomas Timar

Graduate School of Education, University of California, Riverside, United States of America

Gabor Halasz

National Institute of Public Education, Budapest, Hungary
Course Faculty: 

Peter Darvas

World Bank, Washington, D.C., United States of America

Michael Kirst

Stanford University, United States of America

Carol Weiss

Graduate School of Education, Harvard University, Cambridge, USA

Pavel Zgaga

Faculty of Education, Educational Studies, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia
This course on educational policy focuses on current problems in elementary and secondary education. The course has a dual focus: to present current public policy research methodology through discussion and actual research of a current issues in public pre-collegiate education and to build a body of knowledge among academics and policy makers in the region regarding research and policy formulation. It is the intention of this course to bring together policy research and practice.  The primary intention of the course is to familiarize participants with the fundamentals of educational policy analysis and policy evaluation.
The resource personnel for the course, who will participate in the seminars, enjoy exceptional scholarly reputations and have considerable experience working with policy makers. 
- Gábor Halász is head of the Research Department at the National Institute for Public Education in Hungary. He has an extensive background in educational policy research, particularly in comparative education research. Much of his research is in collaboration with policy researchers in other countries, so he has an excellent understanding of cross-national issues. 
- Michael Kirst is regarded as the leading expert in the United States and abroad on educational politics and policy. He is a member of the American Academy of Education as well as the National Academy of Science. His work on issues of educational reform has greatly influenced policy making in the United States. He is a principal researcher with the national Center for Policy Research in Education. He was formerly president of the California State Board of Education. He is an educational consultant for numerous national organizations.
- Pavel Zgaga served as Deputy Minister of  Education and Sport of the Republic of Slovenia. In January 1993, he was appointed to be State Sec-retary.  Since February 1994 he is also a member of the Council  for higher education. His professional and research interests are in the area of social philoso-phy and philosophy of education. He has authored and co-edited several monographs on educational reform.  He is also professor at the University of Lubliana. 
- Thomas Timar is Associate Professor of Educational Policy and Leadership at the University of California, Riverside. He has written extensively on educational reform issues, and most recently he has completed a large study for the US National Science Foundation on the mathematics and science reform.  He has also taught at Harvard University and was a research associate on law and education at Stanford University.  Prior to his work in academia, he has served as consultant to the California State Legislature and was director of a  policy center that assisted state policy makers on educational issues. In addition to his writing on issues of educational governance and reform, he has extensive experience in policy evaluation.

The course is organized around a study of the changes that have occurred in elementary and secondary education in Central and Eastern Europe as well as Central Asia over the past seven years and  the effects of those changes.e purpose of maximizing interaction between instructors and students.