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Professor Darko Lončarić

Educational Psychology

University of Rijeka



Darko Lončarić is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Teacher Educaton at the University of Rijeka, Croatia, where he is currently teaching graduate and postgraduate study courses related to educational psychology, developmental psychology and the neuropsychology of early learning. At the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, he is teaching a postgraduate course in applied multivariate statistics. His main fields of interest are applied statistics, cognitive psychology, self-regulated learning, motivation, creativity, educational psychology, ICT applied in classrooms, and teacher competencies.

He has authored or co-authored two books, seven book chapters and 35 research papers, related mostly to the evolutionary perspective on deductive reasoning, coping with school failure, motivation, self-regulated learning, children with special educational needs, teacher competences and professional development. He has participated in six national scientific and applied projects. He has also presented his work in 18 international and 29 national conferences, and in several of them, he acted as a member of a program comity.

Darko is a member of the editorial board of several scientific and applied journals, a member of the Croatian Psychological Association, the Croatian Psychological Chamber, the Organization for the Promotion of Democratic Education, and the European Talent Point: Centre for Gifted Children in Rijeka,.

He received his PhD in Psychology in 2008 from the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, his MPhil in Psychology in 2005 from the University of Zagreb, Croatia, and an integrated BA/MA in Psychology fom the University of Rijeka. He is also an expert for the external audit of quality assurance systems of higher education institutions, accredited by the Croatian Agency for Science and Higher Education.

Throughout his career, he has held administrative positions in professional and research oriented institutions, including employment in a human resource management company. At university level, he has served as head of the Committee for Quality Assurance, chairman of the Ethics Committee, head of the Department of Teacher Education, and Associate Dean for Research and International Relations. He actively participates in teaching and mentoring undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate students.