Evaluation Studies Centre

The Evaluation Studies Centre is operating in the framework of research areas of upbringing, education and psychology. At its core, the Centre is concerned with the evaluation of the school system, of its parts and of the system as a whole, while pursuing the objective of ameliorating the educational system in order to achieve optimal effects for individuals, classes, schools, and communities by having its members actively participate in interrelated areas. The Centre’s research team is focusing on promotion of equal educational opportunities, thus encouraging the development of all individuals participating in the process of education. By dealing with the material scope of studying factors influencing the reduced possibility of gaining knowledge in students and their well-being (through their internal states and behaviours), we expand our capacities to the field of mental health. The core concepts of our field are related to social and emotional aspects of learning and teaching from the point of view of both students and teachers. The group builds on knowledge and experience obtained through numerous research projects and on increasing international cooperation, mostly through the possibility of jointly shaping pan-European guidelines of ameliorating and evaluating the learning process.

The content of our research:

  • social and emotional factors of learning and teaching, well-being
  • positive development of young people in various contexts
  • pre-school education and transition to school, and cooperation with parents
  • professional development of teachers, educators, and other professionals in the field of upbringing and education
  • integration, pupils and students with special needs, immigrant pupils and students

Who we are



Areas of research


  • social and emotional factors of learning and teaching
  • pre-school education and transition to school, and cooperation with parents
  • professional development of teachers, educators, and other professionals in the field of upbringing and education
  • pupils and students with special needs

Ongoing projects



Past projects


  • Post-Doctorate Fundamental Research Project (2013 – 2015): Development of Guidelines for Reducing Aggressivity in Schools based on a Model of Interconnection between Aggressivity and Anxiety, and the Analysis of the Trend of both Phenomena in Slovenian Elementary Schools from 2007 and 2011. (Manager: Docent Dr Ana Kozina)
  • Evaluation study (2010 – 2013): Professional Development of Practitioners in Vocational and Professional Training. (Manager: Docent Dr Tina Vršnik Perše)
  • Evaluation study (2012 – 2013): Professional Development of Educators and Kindergarten Assistants. (Manager Dr Tina Rutar Leban)
    International research of foreign languageknowledge ESLC (Manager: Dr Tina Rutar Leban)

International Cooperation


  • Bergen University, Norway
  • Arizona State University, USA
  • Durham University, Great Britain
  • Pathway Research Center, Australia
  • Ankara University Faculty of Educational Sciences, Turkey
  • University of Würzburg, Germany

Other Activities


  • Educational cooperation at the University of Maribor and at the University of Ljubljana
  • Collaboration within the education programme at the University of Nova Gorica
  • Collaboration with the Centre for PsychodiagnosticResources