International projects realized by UNESCO Janusz Korczak Chair in Interdisciplinary Studies on Child Development and Well-being

2016

(1)An international research project:

"Paradigm shift in early teaching: constructivism and developmental approach vs. behavioristic strategies", project no.: INGI-2105-29.

A brief description of the project:

On behalf of the UNESCO Chair, dr Urszula Markowska-Manista takes part in the research project: "Paradigm shift in early teaching: constructivism and developmental approach vs. behavioristic strategies".
The Josip Juraj Strssmayer University of Osijek, Faculty of Education in Osijek Croatia is the applicant, while partners
include: a researcher from z Teachers College University of Columbia, USA as well as a researcher from The UNESCO Janusz Korczak Chair, The Maria Grzegorzewska University.

Child-centered orientation, as well as the strengthening of social awareness on the rights of children, significantly affected the dominance of constructivism in the context of early childhood learning. The basis of this approach is a child who with his developmental potential is building a picture of himself and his surroundings. Major teaching strategies within constructivism are heuristic questions and interpretations. On the other hand, under the influence of constructivism and development perspective, behavioral strategies have implicitly receive a negative connotation, and consequently early teaching using directive strategies is being abandon. It is therefore important to determine the foundation of the application of behavioral strategies in relation to the long-term effects of teaching in order to gain insight into the developmental appropriateness of selected methods of teaching.

Main goals:

The purpose of research is to find out what are the developmental effects of constructivism and behaviorism in the context of teaching young children. The goal is twofolded: 1) translation and validation of the measuring instrument "Ages and Stages Questionnaire 3rd ed." (ASQ-3), from authors Brickner and Squires (2009), which defines the developmental skills of preschool children. For using the measuring instrument is obtained the consent of the authors. 2) to determine whether the application of behavioral strategies (directive teaching methods) results in better developmental progress in pre-school children in relation to the application of constructivistic teaching methods.

Duration of the project: 2016 –2017

Project team:

project leader: Tena Velki, PhD, Assistant Professor

Josip Juraj Strossmayer University in Osijek
Faculty of Education, Osijek, Croatia
team members:
(1) Urszula Markowska-Manista, PhD, Assistant Professor
Maria Grzegorzewska University, Warsaw Poland
The UNESCO/Janusz Korczak Chair
(2) Nirvana Pištoljević, PhD, Assistant Professor
Teachers College, Columbia University, New York USA
(3) Ksenija Romstein, PhD, Senior Assistant
Josip Juraj Strossmayer University in Osijek
Faculty of Education, Osijek, Croatia
(4) Tijana Borovac, PhD, Senior Assistant
Josip Juraj Strossmayer University in Osijek
Faculty of Education, Osijek, Croatia
(5) Manuela Karlak, PhD, Senior Assistant
Josip Juraj Strossmayer University in Osijek
Faculty of Education, Osijek, Croatia

(2)An international scientific project:

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“Polnisch – Deutsche wissenschaftliche Dialoge über Kinderrechte, Janusz Korczak und Migration / Polish- German academic dialogues about children’s rights, Janusz Korczak and migration”, project no.: 2016-17.

A brief description of the project:

The project “Polnisch – Deutsche wissenschaftliche Dialoge über Kinderrechte, Janusz Korczak und Migration / Polish- German academic dialogues about children’s rights, Janusz Korczak and migration”, no. 2016-17 received funding of the Polish-German Foundation for Science/ Deutsch-Polnische Wissenschaftsstiftung for the years 2016 i 2017.

The project will be realized by Janusz Korczak UNESCO Chair at the Maria Grzegorzewska University (project coordinator: dr Urszula Markowska-Manista) in cooperation with a German partner from Internationale Akademie Berlin für innovative Pädagogik, Psychologie und Ökonomie (INA) Berlin (the person responsible for cooperation on the German side: prof. Manfred Liebel).

The aim of the project is an exchange of scientific and practical experiences in the field of popularization of science and in a research area applied between the subjects from Poland (the Maria Grzegorzewska University) and Germany (Internationale Akademie Berlin für innovative Pädagogik INA gGmBH) and within this area to publish a scientific book in Polish.

Duration of the project: May 2016 –2017

Place: The Maria Grzegorzewska University in Warsaw

Realizing unit: The UNESCO Chair at The Maria Grzegorzewska University

Coordinator: dr Urszula Markowska-Manista

Contact: umarkowska@aps.edu.pl

Elements of the project:

(1) The seminar on the rights of the child

This seminar was organized for the students of the Maria Grzegorzewska University whose guest was prof. Manfred Liebel from Internationale Akademie Berlin für Innovative Pädagogik, Psychologie und Ökonomie (INA) Berlin.

The aim of the seminar, which consisted of lectures, discussion and work in small thematic groups, was to analyse migrant children’s situation and rights in three areas: education, children’s rights and discrimination as well as a reference to the concept of “resilience” and Janusz Korczak’s pedagogical approach. These analyses – of an important group, i.e. students – will be used as a theoretical addition and a foundation for the realization of the main project, i.e. preparation of scientific texts and their publication in Polish in the form of a Polish-German scholarly monograph.

(2) The Polish-German scholarly monograp