Head of Department:

Željko Rački, Assistant Professor, Ph.D.

Name and surname

Željko Rački, Ph.D.


Assistant Professor



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Research interests

Educational psychology, Psychology of giftedness, Psychology of creativity


Željko Rački, Ph.D., ECHA Specialist in Gifted Education, is an Assistant Professor of Educational Psychology, and Psychology of Giftedness, at the Faculty of Education in Osijek (European Talent Point), Croatia, Europe. As a licensed psychologist, he coordinates the Center of Excellence in Osijek, a program for the gifted primary school students aged 10–15 (https://centarizvrsnostiosijek.eu/). He is a member of the Croatian Psychological Chamber, the Croatian Psychological Society, and the European Council for High Ability. Current research and professional interests include serving as the Head of the Organising Committee of the 1st Thematic ECHA Conference in Dubrovnik, Croatia, Europe (https://echathematic2019.info/).

List of publications (CROSBI link)

CROSBI Željko Rački

Members of Department:

Edita Borić, Full Professor with tenure, Ph.D.

Name and surname

Edita Borić, Ph.D.


Full Professor with tenure


eboric@foozos.hr, editaboric@yahoo.com

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Research interests

nature and society methodology and biology, research teaching, lifelong learning, cultural heritagestudent-centered learning , ICT


Professor of biology and chemistry, PhD in teaching methods of biology from Slovenia. Teaching methodology of lifelong learning, outcomes and competencies of teachers, student-centered learning, teaching methods, etc. Expert in learining outcomes and outdoor research teaching. Gives lectures within Pedagogical–psychological-didactical-and-methodological training for assistants at the University in Osijek. Held numerous lectures for students, teaching assistants and teachers of different Universities. Participated in education for external auditors of the quality assurance system in higher education institutions. Participated in numerous international scientific conferences in Croatia and abroad.

Has certificate for external auditors of the insurance system for the quality in higher education institutions organized by the Agency for Science and Higher Education.

Held lectures in 2017 as visiting professor under the project “Involvement of visiting foreign experts and university teachers in the pedagogical process as a pillar of quality development process of internationalization of the University of Maribor“ co-funded by the EU and the Ministry of Education, Science and Sports.

She was a leader of the numerous scientific projects (national and international, Orientation of teaching Nature and society to student achievement levels; „Cultural Heritage in Primary Education of Slovenia and Croatia" BI-HR/16-17-014.).

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CROSBI Edita Borić

Alma Škugor, Associate Professor, Ph.D.
Tena Velki, Associate Professor, Ph.D.
Tijana Borovac, Assistant Professor, Ph.D.
Lara Cakić, Assistant Professor, Ph.D.
Ida Somolanji Tokić, Assistant Professor, Ph.D.
Daria Župan Tadijanov, Senior Lecturer, Ph.D

About the Department

The Department of Social Sciences of the Faculty of Education is a constituent unit made up of scientists and educators of outstanding scientific achievement and strong shared educational involvement in the community. The main characteristic of all members of the department is a focused orientation towards teaching and scientific excellence, which is annually evident in excellent student grades, but also in the continuous engagement of all members of the Department in professional and scientific faculty, university, national and international projects. The members of the department regularly organizers and holders, but also members of the committees of national professional and international scientific conferences. International educational and scientific experiences, professional specializations possessed and developed by the members of the Section as a personal choice, as well as teaching and scientific success, make the Department of Social Sciences a productive unit of scientists and educators of various fields of social interest and strongly developing expertise for the benefit of the community.