SUP002 Basic Course in Education

Faculty of Arts
Autumn 2023
Extent and Intensity
1/1/0. 4 credit(s). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
Mgr. et Mgr. Bc. Zuzana Šalamounová, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Mgr. Kateřina Korcová, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Mgr. Karla Brücknerová, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Mgr. Ingrid Procházková, Ph.D. (lecturer)
prof. Mgr. Klára Šeďová, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Mgr. Roman Švaříček, Ph.D. (seminar tutor)
Guaranteed by
prof. Mgr. Klára Šeďová, Ph.D.
Department of Educational Sciences - Faculty of Arts
Contact Person: Mgr. et Mgr. Bc. Zuzana Šalamounová, Ph.D.
Supplier department: Department of Educational Sciences - Faculty of Arts
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 100 student(s).
Current registration and enrolment status: enrolled: 0/100, only registered: 0/100, only registered with preference (fields directly associated with the programme): 0/100
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
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Course objectives
The general aim of the Basic Course in Education is to introduce students to basic educational concepts and themes and show their real occurrence and use in practice. The Basic Course in Education presents the objectives, methods, forms and content of the educational process and its influence on students both in theory and practice. The course also outlines latest trends in the field.
Learning outcomes
Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to:
a) Define key educational concepts, such as upbringing, education and schooling, and also to characterize the principal actors of the educational process, including teachers, students, school and family, with regard to all consequences.
b) Identify and describe current main objectives of Czech educational policy.
c) Analyse student characteristics and their impact on student academic achievement.
d) Apply in practice key competences and cross-curricular topics as characterized in Framework Educational Programme.
e) Apply basic rules of educational communication in practise and correctly form educational questions of various types and assess their applicability in the process of education.
  • 1. Pedagogy as a science: Definition, system of educational disciplines, pedagogy and its relation to other scholarly disciplines, educational research (qualitative, quantitative and mixed research), educational approaches (normative, explanatory).
  • 2. Basic educational concepts: Upbringing, education, schooling. Their definition and mutual relations.
  • 3. History of pedagogy: Origin of pedagogy. The most important figures of Czech and global educational science. Educational system of J. A. Komenský. Modern pedagogy: J. Locke, J. J. Rousseau, J. H. Pestalozzi, J. F. Herbart, L. N. Tolstoy and others. Pedagogical movements of 20th century, pragmatic pedagogy, positivist pedagogy, antipedagogy, etc.
  • 4. Educational system in the Czech Republic: System of schools and educational institutions School legislation. School evaluation and self-evaluation, accountability. School as an institution, organization, community. School and education, family and upbringing, cooperation between family and school.
  • 5. Educational system in the Czech Republic: Educational policy as a framework of school activities: basic documents and trends, school policy implementation methods, educational policy principles. Strategic documents. White paper, Education Strategy 2020. Topical problems of educational policy. International PISA testing.
  • 6. Teacher: Characteristics of the teaching profession, development of a teacher’s professional career from a novice teacher to expert teacher, professional competences of a teacher, prestige of the teaching profession. Power and authority of the teacher.
  • 7. Student: Student characteristics, types of students, student duties, educational needs of students. Sociocultural background of students, family background and other factors having an impact on student academic achievement.
  • 8. Curriculum: Definitions, types of curriculum, basic curricular documents (Framework Educational Programme and School Educational Programme), key student competences, cross-curricular topics, educational goals.
  • 9. Educational communication: Basic characteristics of classroom communication, structure of educational communication, posing questions, educational dialogue.
  • 10. Dialogic teaching: Basic characteristics, pillars and indicators of dialogic teaching.
  • 11. Classroom climate: Definition, climate structure, significance of examining classroom climate, sociometry.
  • 12. Alternative education: Roots of the reformative educational movement. Significant alternative concepts in international and Czech context: Waldorf schools, Montessori schools, Dalton Plan, Jena Plna, Zlín schools, home schooling, etc.
    required literature
  • PRŮCHA, Jan. Moderní pedagogika. 3., přeprac. a aktualiz. vy. Praha: Portál, 2005. 481 s. ISBN 807367047X. info
  • Rámcový vzdělávací program pro gymnázia. Praha: Výzkumný ústav pedagogický v Praze, 2007. 100 pp. ISBN 978-80-87000-11-3. URL info
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  • Contemporary theories of learning : learning theorists-- in their own words. Edited by Knud Illeris. 1st pub. London: Routledge, 2009. viii, 235. ISBN 9780415473439. info
  • MERRIAM, Sharan B., Rosemary S. CAFFARELLA and Lisa BAUMGARTNER. Learning in adulthood : a comprehensive guide. 3rd ed. San Francisco: John Wiley & Sons, 2007. xvi, 533. ISBN 9780787975883. info
  • VALIŠOVÁ, Alena and Hana KASÍKOVÁ. Pedagogika pro učitele. Vydání 1. Praha: Grada, 2007. 402 stran. ISBN 9788024717340. info
  • ŠVAŘÍČEK, Roman and Klára ŠEĎOVÁ. Kvalitativní výzkum v pedagogických vědách: pravidla hry (Qualitative Research in Educational Sciences: Game Rules). Další autor:M.Sedláček,P.Novotný,K.Nedbálková,M.Miková,T.Janík,O.Kaščák,J.Zounek. vyd. 1. Praha: Portál, 2007. 384 pp. Pedagogika. ISBN 978-80-7367-313-0. URL info
  • STROUHAL, Martin. Teorie výchovy : k vybraným problémům a perspektivám jedné pedagogické disciplíny. Vydání 1. Praha: Grada, 2013. 192 stran. ISBN 9788024742120. URL info
  • KASPER, Tomáš and Dana KASPEROVÁ. Dějiny pedagogiky. Vyd. 1. Praha: Grada, 2008. 224 s. ISBN 9788024724294. URL info
  • PRŮCHA, Jan. Vzdělávání a školství ve světě :základní mezinárodní komparace vzdělávacích systémů. Vyd. 1. Praha: Portál, 1999. 319 s. ISBN 80-7178-290-4. info
  • PRŮCHA, Jan. Učitel :současné poznatky o profesi. Vyd. 1. Praha: Portál, 2002. 154 s. ISBN 80-7178-621-7. info
  • MAREŠ, Jiří and Jaro KŘIVOHLAVÝ. Komunikace ve škole. Vydání první. Brno: Masarykova univerzita, 1995. 210 stran. ISBN 8021010703. info
  • ŠEĎOVÁ, Klára, Roman ŠVAŘÍČEK, Martin SEDLÁČEK and Zuzana ŠALAMOUNOVÁ. Jak se učitelé učí. Cestou profesního rozvoje k dialogickému vyučování (How teachers learn. Professional development as a way to dialogic teaching). 1st ed. Brno: Masarykova univerzita, 2016. 325 pp. ISBN 978-80-210-8462-9. info
  • PRŮCHA, Jan. Alternativní školy a inovace ve vzdělávání. Vyd. 1. Praha: Portál, 2001. 139 s. ISBN 80-7178-584-9. info
Teaching methods
Every lecture is associated with a seminar. In the online seminar part of the instruction, emphasis is laid on active and open forms of learning.
Assessment methods
Basic Course in Education is completed with a knowledge and skills-based written test composed of questions dealt with in class teaching. The test is comprised of five open-ended questions designed to verify understanding of the subject and the ability to apply the knowledge gained. Maximum point score is 100. Students must gain the minimum of 66 points to successfully pass the test.
Language of instruction
Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
The course is taught annually.
The course is taught: every week.
Information about innovation of course.
This course has been innovated under the project "Faculty of Arts as Centre of Excellence in Education: Complex Innovation of Study Programmes and Fields at FF MU with Regard to the Requirements of the Knowledge Economy“ – Reg. No. CZ.1.07/2.2.00/28.0228, which is cofinanced by the European Social Fond and the national budget of the Czech Republic.

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Listed among pre-requisites of other courses
The course is also listed under the following terms Autumn 2019, Autumn 2020, Autumn 2021, Autumn 2022.
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