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Although Leonardo da Vinci projects are not primarily aimed at research and development there are some R&D and VET relevant features in these projects, which are reflected here together with APVV, VEGA and KEGA grant scheme projects. All relevant projects were clustered into five thematic groups: ICT (11 projects), Teachers/ trainers/ facilitators (9), Students/ curriculum/ competences (7), Minorities (5), and Politics/ society (8). Ten of these projects have been selected for the annex below.

Thematic groups:

  • An ongoing education reform programme as well as current priorities of programme schemes emphasise e-learning as a new form of skill acquisition. Not surprisingly, the introduction of information society and e-learning were topics of projects of the first group represented here by projects No 1 and No 2. 
  • Themes related to teachers, trainers and other facilitators (in this case career guidance counsellors) are represented by projects No 3-5. 
  • No less importance is given to themes addressing the curricular reform and key competences development. Representatives of this kind of themes are projects No 6-10. The improvement of schooling of minorities is a hot topic. In particular, the adjustment of the provision of educational services to the Roma minority culture and traditions needs more than research; the requirement incude a coherence of research findings, public policy measures, and the implementation of respective measures in accordance with identified recommendations of experts. Currently, only one project of this cluster is included into the database (No 9). 
  • Adjustment to the changes arising from the transformation process of the economy and the accession of the Slovak Republic into the EU is another important research topic, represented by project No 10.
ANNEX: Selection of ERO Base projects

(1) VEGA 1/9199/02 Technology education for information society

(2) SK/02/B/F/PP-142256 Efficient e-learning network services establishment for education without borders – EEDUSER (LdV project)

(3) KEGA 3/0212/02 Innovation of complementary pedagogical study of secondary school vocational subject teachers

(4) SK/01/B/F/PP – 142 220 Modular distance learning for European mobility career counsellors (LdV project)

(5) KEGA 3/2312/04 Innovation of the system of pre-service and in-service training of secondary school vocational economic subject teachers

(6) VEGA 1/2533/05 The key competences of students in technical study branches in national and European context

(7) VEGA 3/3003/05 Forming and evaluating psychomotoric skills of students in technically oriented subjects

(8) SK/05/B/F/LA-177427 Transparency in the Acquired Language Competences (LdV project)

(9) VEGA 0081/03 The status and the role of Roma woman in society

(10) VEGA 1/9221/02 Development of human resource management in Slovak organisations in the process of Slovakia’s integration to the European Union

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Source: Cedefop - National Research Report Slovak Republic (details see Bibliography)
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