PBB001 Foundations of Education

Faculty of Arts
Autumn 2024
Extent and Intensity
2/0/0. 6 credit(s). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
Taught in person.
Mgr. Karla Brücknerová, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Mgr. Roman Švaříček, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
Mgr. Roman Švaříček, Ph.D.
Department of Educational Sciences – Faculty of Arts
Contact Person: Mgr. Kateřina Zelená
Supplier department: Department of Educational Sciences – Faculty of Arts
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is only offered to the students of the study fields the course is directly associated with.
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
Course objectives
Educational Theory
The course consists of three parts aimed to introduce students to the educational sciences. The first part will take place at the beginning of the semester as a two-day seminar (separately for students of Pedagogy and students of Social Pedagogy and Counseling - exact data and other information are available on the website of the Institute of Educational Sciences since June). Attendance at this part is compulsory. The aim of this part is to acquaint students with the Institute of Educational Sciences and its employees, to understand the requirements of university studies, to orientate oneself in the possibilities offered by the Faculty of Arts (library services, team study rooms, technology, and information system). The second and third parts take the form of regular weekly classes according to the schedule. The second part is focused mainly on acquiring the key professional skills that students will use for the further study (orientation in pedagogical disciplines, work with scholar literature, educational terminology, understanding the principles of empirical research). Acquisition of skills and knowledge is tested by a test, which is part of the final exam. The third part of the course leads to an understanding of the basic concepts of pedagogy as a science of education: goals, content, factors, and principles of education and their relationships. The second and third part consists of lectures and compulsory reading of texts for each topic available in ELF.
Learning outcomes
Adaptation Part
- the student is acquainted with the study conditions of the Institute of Educational Sciences, perceives the offers during the study and the possibilities of future occupation
II. Professional Skills Part
- the student distinguishes between normative, value, and descriptive statements in educational texts,
- the student will differentiate pedagogical disciplines
- the student can search in professional databases, understands the structure of scholar texts, can assess the quality of individual sources,
- the student can explain the logic of quantitative research in pedagogy, perceives limits and advantages of quantitative findings,
- the student can explain the logic of qualitative research in pedagogy, perceives limits and advantages of finding a qualitative character,
- the student knows the basic ways of linking qualitative and quantitative data and understands their advantages.
III. Part focused on the basics of pedagogical terminology
- The student uses adequately key pedagogical concepts
  • I. Adaptation Part
  • II. Part focused on the acquisition of professional skills
  • 1. Pedagogy as an empirical science
  • 2. System of pedagogical disciplines. Functions and characteristics of basic pedagogical disciplines and applied pedagogical disciplines.
  • 2. Work with educational literature
  • . 3. Empirical research in education (quantitative approach)
  • 4. Empirical research in education (qualitative approach)
  • 5. Mixed methods research design and examples of its application
  • III. Part focused on the basics of pedagogical terminology
  • 1. Goals of education. Basic characteristics, ways of setting education goals in pedagogy. Examples of educational objectives: general - specific, theoretical - practical, adaptive - anticipatory, material - formal.
  • 2. Curriculum, key competencies.
  • 3. Educator, pupil, family education, socialization.
  • 4. Pedagogical principles.
    required literature
  • PRŮCHA, Jan. Moderní pedagogika. 4., aktualizované a doplně. Praha: Portál, 2009, 481 stran. ISBN 9788073675035. info
  • FEŘTEK, Tomáš. Co je nového ve vzdělávání. 1. vydání. Praha: Nová beseda, z. s., 2015, 97 stran. ISBN 9788090608924. info
    recommended literature
  • HAMPLOVÁ, Dana, Tomáš KATRŇÁK, Petra ANÝŽOVÁ, Tomáš DOSEDĚL, Petr FUČÍK, Beatrice Elena CHROMKOVÁ MANEA, Aleš KUDRNÁČ, Lukáš LINEK, Martina MYSÍKOVÁ, Klára PLECITÁ and Jiří ŠAFR. Na vzdělání záleží : Jak vzdělanostní rozdíly ovlivňují osudy lidí v české společnosti (Education matters : How educational differences affect individuals' lives). 1. vyd. Brno: Centrum pro studium demokracie a kultury, 2018, 227 pp. Sociologická řada, sv. č. 17. ISBN 978-80-7325-457-5. web nakladatele info
  • BIESTA, Gert. The beautiful risk of education. Boulder: Paradigm Publishers, 2013, xii, 165. ISBN 9781612050270. info
  • HENDRICH, Josef. Úvod do obecné pedagogiky. 3. vyd. Praha: Nákladem Profesorského nakladatelství a knihkupectví v Praze, 1946, 156 s. URL info
  • CHLUP, Otokar. Pedagogika : úvod do studia. V Brně: nákladem Společnosti "nových škol", 1933, 280 s. URL info
  • LIESSMANN, Konrad Paul. Teorie nevzdělanosti : omyly společnosti vědění. Translated by Jana Zoubková. Vyd. 1. Praha: Academia, 2008, 125 s. ISBN 9788020016775. info
  • KELLER, Jan and Lubor HRUŠKA TVRDÝ. Vzdělanostní společnost? : chrám, výtah a pojišťovna. Vyd. 1. Praha: Sociologické nakladatelství, 2008, 183 s. ISBN 9788086429786. info
Teaching methods
Lectures, class discussion, group projects, reading, experiental education.
Assessment methods
For successful completion of the course, the following conditions must be fulfilled: 1. participation in the adaptation part (100%), passing the test in the second part (minimum 60%) and passing the final written test (minimum 60%).
Language of instruction
Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
The course is taught annually.
The course is taught: every week.
Listed among pre-requisites of other courses
Teacher's information
The course is also listed under the following terms Autumn 2019, Autumn 2020, Autumn 2021, Autumn 2022, Autumn 2023.
  • Enrolment Statistics (Autumn 2024, recent)
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