Head of the sub-department:

Rahaela Varga, Assistant Professor, Ph.D.

Name and surname

Rahaela Varga, Ph.D.


Assistant Professor





Research interests

education, teacher/student/headteacher competences, lifelong learning, teaching


Holds a Ph.D. in Education Sciences obtained from the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at University of Zagreb, Croatia. Works as an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Education, University of Osijek, Croatia. Courses she teaches include Didactics, Curriculum studies, Modern teaching strategies, Pedagogical communication, Non-violent communication (University of Osijek), Pedagogical leadership, School culture (University of Zadar).

Recent projects: 2014 -2016Principal: a profession and a qualification, not a function; 2009 – 2014 Necessity to modify students’ status in and outside classroom.

Reviewer for The Life and School Journal (Životiškola), The Croatian Journal of Social Policy (Revija za socijalnu politiku), International Journal of Innovation in Teaching and Learning, International Journal of Distance Education and E-Learning.

Made study visits to schools in the United Kingdom and Finland. Participated in the UNESCO international summer school in Poland concerning readaptation and reintegration of refugee children (CEEPUS programme). Speaks Croatian, English and German.



Members of the sub-department:

Snježana Dubovicki, Vice Dean for development and professional work, Assistant Professor, Ph.D.

Name and Surname

Snježana Dubovicki, Ph.D.


Assistant Professor

Vice Dean for development and professional work





vice dean office and office number 58


Research interests

Her scientific interest is focused on curriculum research, teaching at all levels of education (with particular emphasis on university teaching and lifelong learning), creativity, self-actualization, emotions in teaching, methodology and qualitative and futurology research methods.


Snježana Dubovicki, Ph.D., Assis. Prof., was born in 1984 in Osijek (Croatia). She got her Ph.D. in 2013 at Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences of the University of Zagreb (Croatia) with the topic "Correlation between the Curriculum of Teacher Education and Student Creativity Development.” In 2015 she was elected as Assistant Professor. She started working at the Faculty of Education in Osijek at December 1st 2008. At this Faculty, she participates in the teaching of several pedagogical-didactic and methodological courses. She published a university textbook, two scientific monographs and numerous scientific papers. She spoke at numerous international scientific and professional conferences in Croatia and abroad (Japan, United Arab Emirates, Italy, Hungary, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina).

In 2017, during a study trip to the United Kingdom, she visited elementary and pre-school institutions. Within the CEEPUS program, of the academic year 2018/2019, she was a visiting professor for two weeks at the Faculty of Philosophy in Tuzla (Bosnia and Herzegovina), where she taught Didactics to students of pedagogy, psychology, classroom teaching and pre-school education.

Between 2009 and 2014 she was actively involved in the scientific project "Development of Creativity in the Life-long Learning of Teachers" (245-1221170-1063). In 2018, at the Faculty of Education and in co-operation with the Agency for Education, she organized an education class themed "Playtime in Teaching". She is a member of the working group for analyzing and preparing curricula on the topic of children´s well-being within the two-year project "Subjective child well-being in Croatia" (2018-2020) of the Study Center of Social Work (University of Zagreb, Faculty of Law, leader: Marina Ajduković, Ph.D., Full Professor with Tenure), in cooperation with UNICEF Office for Croatia, Children´s World: The International Survey of Children´s Well-Being (ISCWeB). She is a member of the Organizing Committe of Didactic Challenges II (https://didactics-challenges0.webnode.hr/didactic-challenges-ii/), Didactic Challenges III (https://didactic-challenges0.webnode.hr/). She was the executive editor of the journal Life and School (https://hrcak.srce.hr/zivot-i-skola). She is a member of the Croatian pedagogical Society (HPD) and the Croatian Andragogy Society (HDA). Since October 2018 she has been employed as Vice Dean for development and frofessional work by the Faculty of Education in Osijek.

List of publications


Antonija Huljev, Postdoctoral Researcher, Ph.D.
Ivana Perković Krijan, Ph.D.