V. Pestean

"Vasile Goldis" Western University of Arad (ROMANIA)
A survey which targeted a sample group of 300 subjects was conducted in order to establish the power of educational management strategies to support and boost the achievement of lifelong learning at young school age. These subjects study in educational establishments located in urban peripheral areas and they are 9 to 14 years old. Initially, during the state of things acknowledgement sage, we set the level at which students in the research sample group have developed skills that ensure their success and personal satisfaction, and we measured the degree of students' participation at the non-formal activities.

The methods used to identify met and unmet needs of the students in the sample group studied were: analysis questionnaire, teacher job description analysis, analysis of educational activities annual reports, school statistics study, the study of Quality Assurance and Assessment Committee documents, interview with School Board Members.

Based on the findings, we have organized and carried out specific actions involving teachers and school board members from schools where students from the sample group study. By means of formative activities for adults, we aimed to fulfil the specific objectives listed below:
- teachers should act in such a manner as to determine secondary school students to acquire skills, competencies, attitudes and knowledge useful for their involvement in extracurricular activities to ensure their success, their personal satisfaction;
- teachers should give students the opportunity to experience the feeling of competitiveness;
- School Board members should develop a coherent strategy for non-formal activities that are included in the schools offer;

The conclusions of the research-action taken concerns synergistic management, a complex decision making process which considers the ”optimal combination” of individual functions and results of the components of a whole, in order to obtain results which are greater than the sum of the results of components.

The conclusion regarding the School Board refers to the necessity of being a powerful team that achieves a maximally balanced level between performance and human relations, as well as being an intelligent team that can expand their successful lessons and experience to the other teams in the school.

It was concluded that it is necessary to valorize specific advantages of non-formal education or the concerted call for all means of this education form. The direction designated above is possible by overcoming the empiric as a basis for managerial practice.