Current projects

Early childhood education in Czech institutions

Project co-head: Lucie Grůzová

The project focuses on mapping and desribing Czech situation in Early childhood education.

Completed projects

Pre-literacy Support in Pre-pripary Education (Podpora pregramotností v přeškolním vzdělávání)

Project co-head: Zora Syslová

The project was realized in cooperation with five other faculties of education in the Czech Republic; the main solver was the Faculty of Education of the Charles University in Prague. The main aim of this project was to connect pedagogical practice and academic environment through the so-called community of practice to support the development of professional competencies of pre-primary education teachers and student teachers. 34 teachers from 19 nursery schools and teachers of the Pre-primary teacher training programme (padagogues, psychologists, a special pedagogue and didacics) of our faculty of education were involved in the project.

The project's core activity was verification of methodological materials in three modules: Reading preliteracy, mathematical preliteracy and didactics. Methodologies have been developed within these modules  (reading; matematics; didaktics

The final conference produced an omnibus.


Good start to school – Support of Early Childhood Care

Project head: Zora Syslová

The International European project the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary were involved in. The project was going on between 2015 and 2018. It was focused on assessing a child's progress in pre-primary school and on supporting the communication between a school and family.

Developing the personal and professional competencies of kindergarten and primary school teachers to improve the quality of education

Project head: Zora Syslová

The project was intended as a reaction to the upcoming career system. Mentoring was the main activity of the project because it was considered to be one of the key instruments for supporting teachers in pre-primary and basoc schools. Development of personal and professional skills leading to individualized and constructivist oriented pre-school and primary education is closely related to the development of the mentor abilities requiring a systematic self-reflection that was another one theme of the upcoming subsequent education. Visits to pre-school facilities in England and Slovakia were realized as a part of the project because we condidered to be importatnt to offer teachers the possibility to obtain experiences with approaches to pre-primary education abroad.

Supporting Social and Emotional Competences of Pre-School Children from Disadvantaged or Culturally Different Environments (SSECOMP)

This international project was a reaction to contemporal problems of the educational inclusion and support for children from socially disadvantaged backgrounds.

A few contemporary educational systems in Europe have professional knowledge and appropriate metodical tools to fulfill the specific needs of children from socially disadvantaged or culturally different backgrounds. As a result, children are often treated in a way that only increases their disadvantages.

That's the reason why SCHOLA EMPIRICA realized a two year project (October 2014 - August 2016) aiming for the development, implementation and expansion of educational strategies for fulfilling the needs of children from socially disadvantaged or culturally different backgrounds. The project is funded by the Erasmus+ program of the European Commission.

Main activitues of the projects are: a comparative analysis of pre-school policies and systems (ECEC – Early Childhood Education and Care) in partnberhisp countries of the project, a survey to identify the needs of pre-primary school teachers in different countries, a development of inclusive methodology for preschool children, a training of twenty pre-primary school teachers and its other employees, a realization of activities for children in pre-school facilities (3 facilities with 25 children in each country), and an evaluation of project outcomes.

Inclusive Education in the context of the V4

Project head: Jiří Havel

The objective of the project was to offer an optional course that gives students tools for inclusive education.

The course introduced students to the requirements of inclusive education in the Visegrad countries and prepared them for work with students with diverse educational requirements, needs and capacities. The theory and practice was linked in order to achieve best results with regard to knowledge which could be obtained from other Visegrad countries. Good practice in inclusive education from other countries can be implemented through future practice of the students.

Making of the Professional Portfolio (Tvorba profesního portfolia)

Project head: Zora Syslová

The project focuses on the optional subject Making of the Professional Portfolio (Tvorba profesního portfolia) offered to the students of Nursery and Primary School Teacher Training study programmes. The project responds to the needs of newly accredited  programmes, aims for developing of reflective skills and has been intended for helping students with making their portfolios that constitute an integral part of the state final examination and an important aid of their professional development.

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