Title: Primary school education system in Croatia – improvements through a strategic management model (case study)

Authors: Maja Lamza-Maroni?; Jerko Glavaš; Anica Vukašinovi?

Addresses: Faculty of Economics in Osijek, J.J. Strossmayer University, Osijek, 31000, Croatia. ' Faculty of Economics in Osijek, J.J. Strossmayer University, Osijek, 31000, Croatia. ' Brodsko – Posavska County, Slavonski Brod, 35 000, Croatia

Abstract: In the process of EU accession the Republic of Croatia is endeavouring to meet the new requirements for improving the education system. This presents an opportunity for changes in the education system, by embracing and conducting a process of strategic thinking aimed at enhancing all of the segments in the Croatian education system. The ultimate goal is to help create a more efficient and more competitive economy. Usage of ICT in education is a major strategic feature of quality education, development, and employment possibilities in a competitive market economy. All education systems face the challenges and requirements of the information society, and use of ICT to make knowledge, information, and education more accessible, as well as to provide life-long learning and education. The paper aims to investigate the education system efficiency through the usage of ICT, and is based on empirical research.

Keywords: ICT; information technology; communications technology; efficiency; primary schools; primary education; human resources; Croatia; strategic management; EU accession; European Union; Brod-Posavina; educational improvements; competitive economies; competitive markets; economic development; employment; information society; accessible knowledge; life-long learning; computers.

DOI: 10.1504/IJKL.2011.043890

International Journal of Knowledge and Learning, 2011 Vol.7 No.1/2, pp.39 - 50

Available online: 28 Nov 2011 *

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