Manager of the Programme: Mojca Čuček, MA
The concept of the infrastructure programme of the Educational Research Institute is to provide support for the scientific research in the field of education, mainly when it comes to implementing all necessary activities in order to provide methodological compliance of various types of data collection in the field of education, and including Slovenia into international research studies in the field of education (such as PISA, PIRLS, ICCS, TALIS etc.) that became an important source of operationalisation of the objectives related to upbringing and education, both nationally and internationally. The added value of the infrastructure programme lies in the fact that databases are collected, sorted, and maintained in one place, in accordance with uniform, stringent technical standards, by using specific state-of-the-art methodology and knowledge which, inter alia, also enable the possibility of international and historic comparison of the results obtained in international researches (the so-called trend analysis). In this manner, scientific research in the field of education can use first results and compare results obtained through different research projects in order to create starting points and hypotheses for further research. On the other hand, scientific research and its findings provides retrospective feedback on the needs of further collection of data in the framework of a broader international research programme in the field of education that Slovenia is a part of, while critically evaluating the suitability of nationally and internationally consolidated conceptions and research methodologies. The infrastructural programme of the ERI thus establishes the foundations for creating viewpoints and hypotheses of further scientific research in the field of education, consequentially creating suggestions for amendments related to upbringing and education of a higher quality.
Thus, the principal activity of the infrastructure programme is designing and creating databases from national and international research projects, and statistically analysing said data. The knowledge that the infrastructure programme of the Educational Research Institute has been developing for many years now plays an important role in this process, since the creation of said databases requires specific approaches to statistical compilation and analyses.
Colleagues implementing the Infrastructure Programme: