1. Main characteristics of the project activities in education. Relation to theories of change management. Basic concepts related to project activities.
2. Identify the subject and problem areas of the project; approaches for determining the parameters of the project activity; functions of project activities in educational institutions and research.

3. Main parties in the project activity – types and characteristics of internal and external factors. Requirements type roles in the project team. Structuring of roles and activities. Job descriptions of the different positions and types of documentation for projects.

4. Spectrum of the world, European and national organizations and institutions initiating financing projects in education. Trends in priorities in instutsionalni framework programs and strategies. Characteristics of the certificates.

5. Innovations in Education through project activities; classification of innovation; innovation process; structure of the innovation process; diffusion of innovation; innovation management; basic concepts of management of innovation projects.

6. Project lifecycle. Stages of planning and implementation of project specific and adequate means to each of them. Resistance risks and methods for their prevention.

7. Dimensions of projects. Efficiency criteria. Essence of the monitoring of project activities. Performance evaluation, ongoing and final reporting. Criteria for sustainability of the project results.

8. Dissemination of the project. Culture of PR activities to expand the perimeter of the project activity and changes in educational institutions; principles and models to identify and transform stereotype, public opinion and the image associated with the project activity.

Recommended readings:

• The project school –

• Education Schools Project –

• Early Childhood Special Education Scholarship Program: EEL Project –

• Blumenfeld, P.C. et al. (1991). Motivating project-based learning: sustaining the doing, supporting the learning. Educational Psychologist, 26, 369-398.

• Buck Institute for Education (2009). PBL Starter Kit: To-the-Point Advice, Tools and Tips for Your First Project. Introduction chapter free to download at:

• Buck Institute for Education (2003). Project Based Learning Handbook: A Guide to Standards-Focused Project Based Learning for Middle and High School Teachers. Introduction chapter free to download at:

• Cattani, G., Ferriani, S., Frederiksen, L. and Florian, T. (2011) Project-Based Organizing and Strategic Management, Advances in Strategic Management, Vol 28, Emerald

• Education for All: The Quality Imperative: EFA Global Monitoring Report, Summary, UNESCO, 2004

• Everard B. G. Morris, (1996), Effective School Management , (3rd ed.), Paul Chapman Publishing ltd, London

• EFQM Levels of Excellence, (2004), European Quality Award information Brochure 2004, EFQM;

• International Standard Classification of Education, ISCED 1997, Re-edition, UNESCO-UIS , 2006

• Knoll, M. (1997). The project method: its origin and international development. Journal of Industrial Teacher Education 34 (3), 59-80.

• Lewis R. Ireland (2006) Project Management. McGraw-Hill Professional, 2006

• Markham, T. (2011). Project Based Learning. Teacher Librarian, 39(2), 38-42.

• Mitchell, S., Foulger, T. S., & Wetzel, K., Rathkey, C. (February, 2009). The negotiated project approach: Project-based learning without leaving the standards behind. Early Childhood Education Journal, 36(4), 339-346. Available at

• Falk, B. (2008). Teaching the way children learn. New York: Teachers College Press..

• Helm, J. H., Katz, L. (2001). Young investigators: The project approach in the early years. New York: Teachers College Press.

• Heick, Terry. (2013). 3 Types of Project-Based Learning Symbolize Its Evolution. Available at

• Polman, J. L. (2000). Designing project-based science: Connecting learners through guided inquiry. New York: Teachers College Press.

• Sawyer, R. K. (2006), The Cambridge Handbook of the Learning Sciences. New York: Cambridge University Press.

• Silins H., S.Zarins & B.Mulford, (2002), What characteristics and processes define a school as a learning organisation? Is this a useful concept to apply to schools?, International Education Journal, Vol 3, No 1

• Smith, Mark K., (2003), Peter Senge and the Learning Organization, – E-Journal of Orgazational Learning and Leadership, Volume 2, Number 1, Spring & Summer


Prepared syllabus: Prof. Vanya Georgieva

The syllabus was approved by the Department of Pedagogy, 13/11/2014