PAM136 Equality in Education

Faculty of Arts
Autumn 2021
Extent and Intensity
2/2/0. 6 credit(s). Type of Completion: z (credit).
Taught in person.
Mgr. Klára Záleská, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
Mgr. Klára Záleská, Ph.D.
Department of Educational Sciences - Faculty of Arts
Contact Person: Mgr. Kateřina Zelená
Supplier department: Department of Educational Sciences - Faculty of Arts
each odd Monday 18:00–19:40 C41
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is also offered to the students of the fields other than those the course is directly associated with.
The capacity limit for the course is 15 student(s).
Current registration and enrolment status: enrolled: 0/15, only registered: 0/15, only registered with preference (fields directly associated with the programme): 0/15
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
Course objectives
The aim of the course is to acquaint students with the beginnings of debates on equality, with the development of various views on equality in society with an emphasis on education, not only in the Czech but also in the international context. It will be mainly about national and international development and the current state of three types of equal education: equal educational opportunities (equality of input), equal conditions (equality during education) and equal results (equality of outcomes). Students will learn about theories related to the concepts of equality, as well as be acquainted with the most pressing challenges of current education systems in the field of equality (both at the level of educational policy and at the level of schools themselves). Last but not least, more detailed space will be devoted to groups of pupils/students who are traditionally described as discriminated against in certain respects (pupils with disabilities, gender issue of pupils, pupils of different ethnicity, etc.).
Learning outcomes
After completing the course, the student will be able to: - identify and summarize important features of the main periods of the history of equality in education - identify and describe current domestic and foreign trends in the field of equal educational opportunities - describe the factors that influence the current state of equality in education - compare and highlight differences in types of educational policy - apply the principles of equal educational opportunities to specific situations - analyze current scientific knowledge in the field of equal educational opportunities
  • 1. History of equal education opportunities, the concept of discrimination. Crucial theories. 2. Equal educational opportunities (inputs). 3. Equal educational conditions (during education). 4. Equal educational results (outcomes). 5. Challenges in gaining equal educational opportunities in different parts of the world and at different stages of education. 6. Various vulnerable groups in education and ways of their support.
  • Some still more equal than others? :or equal opportunities for all? Edited by Serdar M. Değirmencioğlu. 1 online r. ISBN 9789287173225. info
  • ZÁLESKÁ, Klára. Equal Educational Opportunities for Immigrant Children - Insight to the Czech and Norwegian Education Policy. In ECER 2017, Copenhagen: Reforming Education and the Imperative of Constant Change: Ambivalent roles of policy and the role of educational research. 21.-22. 8. 2017. 2017. info
  • Education policy and equal education opportunities. Edited by Daniel Pop. New York: Open Society Foundations, 2012. 300 s. ISBN 9781936133512. info
  • Equal access to quality education for children from socially disadvantaged settings : Bratislava, Slovakia, March 13-14, 2008. Edited by Dagmar Kopčanová. Bratislava: The research Institute for child psycology and pathopsychology & education Section, Slovak Commission for UNESCO, 2008. 130 stran. ISBN 9788096940158. info
  • Equal opportunities internationalequality, diversity and inclusion. Edited by Ellen Kuhlmann - Ivy Lynn Bourgeault. [Bradford, England]: Emerald, 2008. 121 p. ISBN 9781846637544. info
  • A more equal society? : New Labour, poverty, inequality and exclusion. Edited by John Hills - Kitty Stewart. Bristol: Policy Press, 2005. xv, 391. ISBN 1861345771. info
  • Equal educational opportunityBrown's elusive mandate. Edited by Mary F. Ehrlander. New York: LFB Scholarly Pub., 2002. vii, 327 p. ISBN 1931202451. info
  • Equal or Different. Great Britain: Billing a Sons, 1987. 290 s. ISBN 0-631-14522-2. info
Teaching methods
The course will be organized in the form of lectures and seminars. Students will be guided to actively participate in the topics discussed, they will be invited to regularly read the literature, its reflection and subsequent discussion. Students will also be guided to design solutions to the challenges discussed. Such a procedure will develop students in critical thinking as well as in communication competencies, where the course will aim at conducting professional discussions in which the opinion of individuals will be respected, and students will learn to defend their opinion.
Assessment methods
attendance seminar paper
Language of instruction
Further Comments
Study Materials
The course is taught only once.

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