The Bulgarian Ministry of Education and Science has assigned a study of the effectiveness of activities based on interests conducted during the second academic term of the 2018/2019 academic year and during the first term of the 2019/2020 academic year to the Know-How Center for Alternative Child Care, NBU.
A major research focus is how school-based activities stemming from child interests are organized and implemented. It is important to see how and to what extent these activities contribute to the development of students' key competences. The study will look for evidence of the extent of children's involvement and the extent to which such structured activities are in response to the stated interests of children. The program will also examine how the program meets students' expectations. Another object of the study is the evaluation of the quality of the conduct of interest activities in terms of professional capacity and openness of the school in attracting external resources.
The survey, which began in mid-January 2020, includes 14 districts, proportionally distributed throughout the country: Sofia, Pernik, Kyustendil, Vratsa, Montana, Ruse, Lovech, Veliko Turnovo, Targovishte, Varna, Burgas , Stara Zagora, Haskovo, Plovdiv. Various types of schools from small, medium and large settlements are among the included.
The evaluation of interest activities will take into account the points of view of:
- the students,
- their parents,
- the specialists from the school,
- specialists from local organizations,
- representatives of the municipality.
The results of this study will be useful for the further development of strategies tailored to local needs and resources to engage students in activities that support their interests and development goals.