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Institute for Research in Social Communication SAS

Antecedents of intergroup solidarity in the context of societal crises: a mixed method approach

Antecedenty medziskupinovej solidarity v kontexte spoločenských kríz: zmiešaný výskumný prístup

Duration: 1.1.2022 - 31.12.2025
Program: VEGA
Project leader: Mgr. Lášticová Barbara PhD.
Annotation:Societal crises such as Covid-19 pandemics have shown inspiring acts of solidarity, but have also contributed to deepening of differences between advantaged and disadvantaged groups and, in some cases, to worsening of intergroup relations as a result of increased perceptions of threat. The project aims to investigate what predicts and what prevents solidarity on behalf of different groups. While intergroup contact might increase solidarity on behalf of disadvantaged groups in advantaged groups and inspire them to act as allies in mobilizing for social change, perceived intergroup harmony resulting from positive contact might prevent collective action in disadvantaged groups. System justification, on the other hand, in both minority and majority members inhibits participation in system-challenging collective action. This project draws on SIMCA model of collective action, intergroup contact and system justification theories to investigate cognitive, emotional, ideological, as well as behavioral antecedents and outcomes of solidarity towards the Roma and the immigrants. We use mixed-methods research design: interviews with minority and majority activists, questionnaire data and experiments.

Language and cognitive impacts of socio-economic, cultural and educational conditions in preschool age on the development of literacy in primary education

Jazykovo-kognitívne dopady sociálno-ekonomických, kultúrnych a vzdelávacích podmienok v predškolskom veku na vývin čitateľskej gramotnosti v primárnom vzdelávaní

Duration: 1.1.2021 - 31.12.2024
Program: VEGA
Project leader: Mgr. Urban Kamila PhD.
Annotation:The aim of the project is to monitor the long-term effects of the new concept of pre-primary language education on the development of several indicators of language literacy. The main focus will be on the language and cognitive precursors of the development of reading literacy in interaction with non-cognitive factors, monitored in the continuity from preschool to younger school age with a specific focus on several characteristics of the family and kindergarten environment. These will be represented in the project by the level of implementation of the national curriculum the State educational program for pre-primary education in preschools, ESCS and cognitive, metacognitive and non-cognitive stimulating online environment. Methodologically, the project will compare specific research sample with several reference groups monitored in 2016-2019. The examination of the long-term effects of ESCS will be supplemented by the secondary analyses of relevant data from PIRLS and PISA testing.

Milestones in transitions in intimate relationships and quality of life in adolescence and young adulthood

Medzníky v tranzíciách intímnych vzťahov a kvalita života v období adolescencie a mladej dospelosti

Duration: 1.7.2019 - 30.6.2023
Program: SRDA
Project leader: prof. PhDr. Lukšík Ivan CSc.
Annotation:The present research looks at how the process of becoming an adult is non-linear, individualized and being extended. Young people go through key stages in life such as the formation of close friendships, platonic love, falling in love, marriage and parenthood; yet, the traditional developmental theories are not able to fully explain these. In the changing sociocultural and normative conditions, we lack information on when and how these transitions take place. The aim of this project is to pinpoint when and how the transitions in intimate relations during adolescence and young adulthood take place and ascertain the influence they have on young people’s quality of life. The findings will be useful in reassessing and enriching knowledge on the psychological, social, ethical and cultural determinants of development, and can be used in marriage and parenthood training and the promotion of sexual and reproductive health.

Family constellations involving biological and non-biological children

Rodinné konštelácie s biologickými a nie biologickými deťmi

Duration: 1.1.2021 - 31.12.2024
Program: VEGA
Project leader: doc. Mgr. Popper Miroslav CSc.
Annotation:The project will investigate ‘mixed’ family constellations consisting of related biological and non-biological family members. The intention is to explore parenting in multi-parent families, that is, in families where the child was conceived with another person(s). That person could be a previous partner, an egg or sperm donor, a surrogate mother or – in foster and adoptive families – the biological parent(s). The aim is to explore the relationship between complex family constellations (patchwork families) and quality of life in children and parents, along with the reasons, motives, contexts and consequences of entering into a second or subsequent partnership or marriage or conceiving a child with the assistance of a third person.

Effective reading behavior strategies studied at key stages of literacy development

Stratégie efektívneho čitateľského správania a ich skúmanie v kľúčových etapách vývinu gramotnosti

Duration: 1.7.2020 - 30.6.2024
Program: SRDA
Project leader: prof. PhDr. Zápotočná Oľga CSc.
Annotation:The project addresses current trends in literacy research in today’s information society. These trends involve searching for new and more complex models of reading behaviour in the increasingly complex information and media environments. The research investigating new forms of reading requires combination of traditional assessment methods with new and more sensitive tools. The emphasis is placed at transdisciplinary collaboration, drawing on scientific knowledge developed in psychology, education and library and information sciences. The objective of the interdisciplinary research team will be to demonstrate and empirically support the premise that, despite the increasing cognitive demands on reading in ICT settings, the nature and quality of reading remains the same. Its development depends on a stimulating language and literary environment during the early childhood. In this research the stimulating environment is represented by the implementation of a new language teaching programme (Zápotočná, Petrová, ŠVP, 2016) in selected preschools. The long-term effects of the programme based on this conception will be study using various cognitive, linguistic and metacognitive indicators of early literacy in preschool age children. The effects will be evaluated from a longitudinal perspective (2021-2022) – the same sample of preschoolers will be monitor in their first year of school – and their results will by compared with the results of children attended previous language preschool programme. The eye-tracking method will be used to investigate the direct effect that various forms of literary communication have on the quality and intensity of reception in preschool age children. This will make it possible to diagnose with more accuracy reading performances at subsequent stages of reading development (at school) and reading and information behaviours in different information environments.

The role of new media in supporting higher quality of life, resilience and education levels in children, youth and young adults depending on (non) existence of a disability, their ethnicity and socioeconomic status

Úloha nových médií vo zvyšovaní kvality života, reziliencie a vzdelania u detí, mládeže a mladých dospelých v závislosti od ne/prítomnosti postihnutia, etnickej príslušnosti a socioekonomického statusu

Duration: 1.1.2021 - 31.12.2024
Program: VEGA
Project leader: Mgr. Petrjánošová Magda PhD.
Annotation:An effective use of the new media potential can bring benefits in higher quality of life, resilience, self-esteem, better access to information and education. However, even the newest research shows inequalities in access and use, depending on socioeconomic status, gender and education level (digital divide) even in the youngest generation (<25 years). The optimistic assumption about a easy switch to online education for all Slovak children and youth during the corona crisis in 2020 showed big problems in this area clearly. But about the situation in Slovakia there is not enough precise information, especially about specific youth subgroups. Therefore, in our project we focus on children, youth and young adults (10-25 years old) 1) from ethnic minorities, 2) with a disability or 3) from families with low socioeconomic status. The goal of the project is to map their possibilities, extent, forms, real psychological benefits of and barriers to new media use of these potentially vulnerable young people groups.

The total number of projects: 6