PdF DDIGE01 Geography Education
Name in Czech: Didaktika geografie
doctoral full-time
Included in the programme: PdF D-DIGE Geography Education

Final state doctoral examination and defence of the doctoral thesis

The first part of the State Doctoral Examination consists of a discussion on the propositions of the dissertation thesis, which should fulfil the following requirements: The propositions are perceived as a summary of important parts of the particular dissertation thesis. They are included in the structure of the dissertation project, i.e. they usually contain the following parts: definition of the main issues and basic concepts; a summary of the state of knowledge or results in the area; description of research methodology; introduction of selected / preliminary results; formulation of the conclusions including the perspective of finalization of the dissertation. Propositions of the dissertation thesis are written in Czech, Slovak, or English language. The length of the thesis ranges between 20 to 40 standard pages, i.e. 36,000–72,000 characters including spaces. It follows the requirements of the citation standard (e.g. APA). Ten copies of the thesis must be submitted before applying for the State Doctoral Examination. The second part of the State Doctoral Examination consists of a discussion which examines the knowledge and skills of students focusing on the following topics: (a) educational research methodology, (b) general pedagogical issues regarding philosophy of education, modern theory of education, education and pedagogical psychology, (c) specialized questions from specific courses focused of the dissertation thesis. The dissertation thesis defence follows the State Doctoral Examination at the end of the doctoral study programme. It is guided by Masaryk University Study and Examination Regulations.

Requirements of the study

During the standard period of study, it is required (and supervised through the MU Information System – by means of passing the subjects Professional Activity in the field 1–8 and Work on the Doctoral Thesis 1–8) that students should undertake the following activities aimed at developing their academic skills:
1. Active participation in doctoral seminars and lectures related to the subjects of the study program and passing exams and credit tests.
2. Preparation and realization of dissertation research and continuous work on the dissertation thesis (including defence of the doctoral dissertation thesis).
3. Publishing activities (4 academic texts – e.g. journals, book chapters, proceedings, of which at least 2 texts are required to be included in the WoS or SCOPUS databases).
4. Active participation in conferences in the Czech Republic (2x) and abroad (2x).
5. Internship at a foreign research (eventually educational or development) institution lasting at least one month (preferably 3 months or longer).
6. Educational activity (participation in teaching), ranging from 2–4 hours per week for 4–8 semesters (= 96 to 192 hours of direct teaching activities during the total study period).

Proposal of dissertation topics and topics of defended dissertations

Doctoral dissertations follow research specialisation of Masaryk University Faculty of Education.
Topics reflect:

  • Historical changes in geography education;
  • Measurement and assessment student and teacher knowledge, skills and attitudes in geography education;
  • Use of information and geoinformation technologies in geography education;
  • Experiential learning in geography education;
  • Postgraduate geography education, pre-service and in-service teacher education;
  • The role of curricula in geography education;
  • Professional development of geography teachers;
  • Geography Education Standards;
  • Geography education abroad (Comparative Research);
  • Relation of research and practice in geography education;
  • Status/position/image of geography education at different types and levels of schools;
  • Evaluation of selected lerning and teaching strategies in geographic education;
  • Intercultural, ideological and political aspects of geography education;
  • The role, selection, use and assessment of the quality of educational media and teaching materials in geography education;
  • Selected geographic phenomena investigated using a model of didactic reconstruction, design-based research, etc.;
  • Educational cartography;
  • Curriculum studies in geography education;
  • Environmental Education;
  • Geography of Education;
  • Geographical topics/themes in social studies and science education.

  • Recommended progress through the study plan

    Compulsory courses

    Students are expected to enrol in the course Work on the Doctoral Thesis 8 x, 120 credits in total. Students are expected to enrol in the course Professional Activity in the Field of Study 8 x, 40 credits in total.

    Code Name Guarantor Type of Completion Extent and Intensity Credits Term Profile Cat.
    PdF:DGC001Work on Doctoral Thesis P. Knechtk 0/0/015 1-
    PdF:DGC002Professional Activity in the Field of Study P. Knechtk 0/0/05 1-
    PdF:DGC004Research Methods in Education T. Janíkzk 0/0/015 2-
    PdF:DGC005Applied Geography E. Hofmannzk 0/0/010 1-
    PdF:DGC006Theory and Research Methods in Geography Education P. Knechtzk 0/0/010 4-
    PdF:DGC007Research Abroad P. Knechtk 0/0/05 5-
    PdF:DGC008English for academic purposes R. Heroutzk 0/2/010 4-
    70 credits

    Selective courses

    Students are expected to enrol in the following courses whose value is at least 30 credits in total.

    Code Name Guarantor Type of Completion Extent and Intensity Credits Term Profile Cat.
    PdF:DGC003Educational Psychology J. Marešk 0/0/015 --
    PdF:DGC009Curriculum Studies P. Knechtk 0/0/015 --
    PdF:DGC010Issues in Geography Education E. Hofmannk 0/0/015 --
    PdF:DGC011GIS and Cartography in Geography Education H. Pokornák 0/0/015 --
    PdF:DGC012Case Study in Geography E. Hofmannk 0/0/015 --
    PdF:DGC013Transdisciplinary Didactics T. Janíkk 0/0/015 --
    PdF:DGC014Pedagogical diagnostics and evaluation K. Vlčkovák 0/0/015 --
    PdF:DGC015Geography of Education E. Hofmannk 0/0/015 --
    PdF:DGC016Geographical Thought R. Brázdilk 0/0/015 --
    135 credits