Personal and professional development through sustainable partnerships in education Serbian experiences from the I-TAP-PD Erasmus+ project

Published: Dec 28, 2023
teacher-artist partnership professional development artist-in-residence Serbia
Nikola Koruga
Dunja Đokić
Sanja Krsmanović Tasić

The aim of this research is to evaluate how the partnership between teachers and artists was built in the context of Serbia. In conducting it, we sought answers to the following research question: What was the role of I-TAP-PD in the personal and professional development of teachers and artists in Serbia? It is based on the phenomenological theory of reflection in action. Research participants include three teacher-artist pairs. The residencies were delivered between August 2021 and June 2022. The data was collected with pre-residency questionnaires, reflective journals, classroom observation, post-residency group interviews. All qualitative data was analysed using thematic analysis. The results show that artists and teachers, in terms of sustainable partnership in researched practices in Serbia, identified the understanding of the “other“ as the most important aspect of the process of learning and teaching. In this endeavour, professionals developed high levels of empathy and their self-esteem notably increased.

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Author Biographies
Nikola Koruga, PhD candidate, University of Belgrade

Nikola Koruga is a doctoral student at the Department of Pedagogy and Andragogy in the Faculty of Philosophy in Belgrade. He is engaged in researching the importance of utopia for adult learning as well as creative and critical thinking. He has many years of work experience in the non-government (as a CEDEUM board member) and business sectors. He has helped numerous community learning groups to methodologically improve the learning process. Through research, art and activism, he rethinks the alternatives that can improve life in the community.

Dunja Đokić, Belgrade-based producer and manager in culture and media

Dunja Đokić is a Belgrade-based producer and manager in culture and media. She is currently involved as a coordinator of drama education projects, as part of CEDEUM. She graduated from the Department of Management and Production in Theatre, Radio and Culture at the Faculty of Dramatic Arts in Belgrade and has considerable experience in theatre and radio production as well as the organisation of various cultural events, including concerts and exhibitions.

Sanja Krsmanović Tasić, theatre director, choreographer, actress, teacher trainer, President of IDEA

Sanja Krsmanović Tasić, President of IDEA, is a drama educator, theatre director and actress, choreographer, dance and drama teacher and producer. Sanja is an acclaimed international expert in the field of drama/theatre education, devised theatre and dance. She has developed an original methodology she calls “ecology of the soul”, based on developing the creative potentials of each individual through an artistic process. Author of innovative Theatre in Education and Drama in Education methodologies in the prevention of bullying and cyberbullying. She is President of the Centre for Drama in Education and Art-CEDEUM, the Serbian member of IDEA.