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Institute for Research in Social Communication

International projects

CIMULACT - Citizen and Multi-Actor Consultation on Horizon 2020
Občianska viacúrovňová konzultácia Horizontu 2020
Program: Horizont 2020
Project leader: doc. PhDr. Bianchi Gabriel CSc.
Annotation:CIMULACT has as a main objective to add to the relevance and accountability of European research and innovation – Horizon 2020 as well as national - by engaging citizens and stakeholders in co-creation of research agendas based on real and validated societal visions, needs and demands. The project will expand the outlook and debate on STI issues, increase scientific literacy in a broad sense, which includes the understanding of the societal role of Science, Technology and innovation (STI), and create shared understanding between scientific stakeholders, policy-makers and citizens. This multiactor approach will embrace EU28 plus Norway and Switzerland. The CIMULTACT builds on the principle/conviction that the collective intelligence of society gives Europe a competitive advantage, which may be activated to strengthen the relevance of the European science and technology system. By establishing genuine dialogue between citizens, stakeholders, scientists, and policymakers visions and scenarios for the desirable futures will be developed and debated, and transformed into recommendations and suggestions for research and innovation policies and topics.
Project web (bude spustená v r. 2016)
Duration: 1.6.2015 - 30.4.2018

National projects

Literacy as a tool of social inclusion of children from low socioeconomic background and marginalized
Gramotnosť ako nástroj sociálnej inklúzie detí zo sociálne znevýhodneného prostredia a marginalizovaných komunít
Program: VEGA
Project leader: prof. PhDr. Zápotočná Oľga CSc.
Annotation:The project is the reaction to social exclusion of marginalised ethnic groups. It suggests theoretical and empirical analyses of two concepts, key to deal with problem of social and cultural exclusion by means of education: The current concept of literacy which is helpful as the background for deeper reflection of the issue, its foundation, causality, mechanisms, cultural and educational stereotypes responsible for reproducing social exclusion and for developing potential solutions of the problem. And, the concept of inclusive education, its current condition in Slovak educational system showing the gap between politically declared level of inclusion and educational practice, aimed at identifying relevant factors responsible for creating pro-inclusive educational environment, with specific focus on participants of education. International and comparative research design will enrich the understanding of cultural specifics of Slovak educational reality of children from marginalised communities.
Duration: 1.1.2015 - 31.12.2017

INTERMIN - Interventions for Reducing Prejudice against Stigmatized Minorities: Developing measures and experimental testing of the contact hypothesis under field conditions.
Intervencie na zmierňovanie predsudkov voči stigmatizovaným minoritám. Vývoj meracích nástrojov a experimentálne testovanie kontaktnej hypotézy v terénnych podmienkach.
Program: APVV
Project leader: Mgr. Lášticová Barbara PhD.
Annotation:The main objective of the project is to create and experimentally test, via randomized controlled trials (RCT), the efficacy of intervention tools for reducing ethnic and racial prejudice and discriminatory behaviour towards Roma minority members from segregated communities. The project draws on research concerning positive consequences of direct (Pettigrew, Tropp, 2011), imagined (Miles, Crisp, 2014) and vicarious contact (Vezzali et al., 2014) for prejudice reduction. First, we will choose tools for explicit and implicit prejudice measurement, adapt them to the Roma minority as a target outgroup, and validate them in the Slovak context. Second, we will develop and pilot-test three types of interventions, based on three different types of contact (direct, imagined, vicarious) and choose the one with the strongest effect. Third, in the main field experiment via RCT in Slovak high schools, we will test the effect of this main intervention on dependent variables such as attitudes, prejudice and behavioural intentions. Secondary transfer will also be measured, i.e. possible generalization of positive consequences of interventions concerning Roma minority on attitudes towards other stigmatized minorities (Harwood et al, 2010). Fourth, Correspondence Test of Discrimination (Bertrand & Mullainathan, 2004) will be used to test the effect of the main intervention on discriminatory behaviour of the high school pupils towards Roma from marginalized communities. Fifth, we will test the durability of effect of the main intervention and the possibilities of multiplication of project results in secondary education.
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Duration: 1.7.2015 - 30.6.2019

New media and lowering the threshold for civic participation in less participating groups: analysis of best practices, “white crow” cases and subjective barriers of participation in Slovakia
Nové médiá a znižovanie prahu pre občiansku participáciu u málo participujúcich skupín: analýza príkladov dobrej praxe, "svetlých výnimiek" a subjektívnych bariér participácie v kontexte SR
Program: VEGA
Project leader: Mgr. Petrjánošová Magda PhD.
Annotation:In general, a positive influence of new media on civic participation is assumed, but in order to effectively use them it is necessary to have access (digital inequality) and to acquire specific skills (digital literacy). In Slovakia, digital literacy is distributed unevenly in connection to age and economic income. That could limit specific groups in their wish to participate online (and thus replicate the unequal opportunities characteristic for participation in general). Therefore we concentrate on civically active as well as non-active individuals with a special focus on generally less participating groups, such as 1) youth and young adults (15-25); 2) socially excluded youth (defined by income); and 3) seniors (over 60). A combination of semi-structured interviews, critical discursive analysis and secondary analysis of representative questionnaire data is used in order to describe subjective barriers of participation, individual “white crows” cases as well as more broadly used best practices.
Duration: 1.1.2016 - 31.12.2019

Imagined contact as a tool for prejudice reduction? Testing the method in Slovak context.
Predstavovaný kontakt ako nástroj zmierňovania predsudkov? Overenie metodiky v slovenskom kontexte.
Program: VEGA
Project leader: Mgr. Lášticová Barbara PhD.
Annotation:Imagined intergroup contact is an indirect contact strategy that aims to strengthen tolerance and contribute to more positive intergroup relations. A metaanalysis of more than 70 studies (Miles, Crisp, 2014) has shown that the mere fact that the participants imagine a positive interaction with and outgroup member can lead to prejudice reduction, and to a more positive intergroup behaviour. However, ethnic groups and interethnic relations have been underrepresented in the research carried out thus far. The first objective of the project is to experimentally test the imagined contact hypothesis in the context of interethnic relations in Slovak Republic, mainly relations of the majority towards the Roma minority, but also towards other relevant minorities. The second objective is to create an implicit prejudice measure tool – a version of IAT, adapted to Roma minority. The third objective is to create a pilot version of an intervention tool toreduce ethnic and racial prejudice towards Roma minority, which could be used in educational context.
Duration: 1.1.2015 - 31.12.2017

Problem of the Art of Living in the Context of Philosophical Counseling
Program: VEGA
Project leader: PhDr. Šulavíková Blanka CSc.
Annotation:This research project constitutes a theoretical analysis of the problem of the art of living and the closely-related concept of philosophical counselling. The focus of attention is on ‘how should we live?’ and ‘what gives life value?’. The research will look primarily at current interpretations of approaches to life and the search for a model of the good life. The problem of the art of living has not been sufficiently developed within Slovak academic writing and the topic has received little attention to date. The research team will analyse this issue within the context of philosophical counselling, where issues associated with the art of living play a crucial role. The research will also focus on the concept of a ‘philosophy for life’, which has an important role to play in people’s lives.
Duration: 1.1.2015 - 31.12.2017

Problem of the Art of Living in the Context of Philosophical Counseling
Problém umenia žiť v kontexte filozofického poradenstva
Program: VEGA
Project leader: prof. PhDr. Višňovský Emil CSc.
Duration: 1.1.2015 - 21.12.2017

Psychological determinants of activity and participation of children and adolescents with disabilities educated in integrated/inclusive educational settings
Psychologické determinanty aktivity a participácie detí a adolescentov so zdravotným postihnutím vzdelávaných v intergrovanom/inkluzívnom prostredí
Program: VEGA
Project leader: PhDr. Jariabková Katarína PhD.
Annotation:This project is aimed at research of the psychological determinants of activity and participation in various situations of life in children and adolescents with disabilities educated in integrated/inclusive settings. It concentrates on the barriers and facilitators of activity and participation from the perspective of the individuals with disabilities themselves and persons from their close social environment. Research will be conducted in the framework of the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health: Children & Youth (2007). Based on biopsychosocial approach the full inclusion of individual in society, activity and participation as important components of the functional capacity of the individual are emphasized. Psychological analysis will contribute to identify the determinants of activity and participation enable to clarify the conditions for supporting activity and participation and development of functioning of children and adolescents with disabilities.
Duration: 1.1.2016 - 31.12.2019

Projects total: 8