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International projects

PolRom - Identifying evidence-based methods to effectively combat discrimination of the Roma in the changing political climate of Europe
Identifikácia metód založených na dôkazoch, ktoré umožnia efektívne bojovať proti diskriminácii Rómov v meniacej sa politickej klíme v Európe
Program: Multilaterálne - iné
Project leader: Mgr. Lášticová Barbara PhD.
Annotation:The main objective of the project is: (1)Identify the effects of political discourse on antigypsyism, and on negative and positive forms of collective action. (2) Evaluate and improve anti-discrimination interventions in terms of how they reduce prejudice, and influence collective action for and against the Roma. The following activities will be carried out throughout the project: (1) Public opinion surveys from representative samples in 5 countries (RO, HU, SK, IRE, FR) to measure the relationships between political discourse, antigypsyism and collective action intentions; (2) Content analysis of dominant political discourse regarding the Roma; (3) Systematic evaluation of anti-discrimination; (4) Lab experiments about the influence of social norms on collective action; (5)Focus group discussions with stakeholders (Roma representatives, local, national, and EU officials, NGOs); (6) Establishing a sounding forum to advise and evaluate project. Antigypsyism measure and survey results will be available in and outside academia. Recommendations will be disseminated directly to practitioners and stakeholders. The expected result is to create a toolkit to help design and improve anti-discrimination interventions. This toolkit will be based on a systematic analysis of the normative context of 5 European countries, public opinion surveys and experimental data, and an overview of interventions rolled out during the Roma inclusion decade. The project is supported by "Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme", DG Justice and Consumers, grant number 808062 — PolRom — REC-AG-2017/REC-RDIS-DISC-AG-2017.
Duration: 1.11.2018 - 31.8.2021

Underrepresented - Underrepresented research areas in social psychology
Nedostatočne reprezentované oblasti výskumu v sociálnej psychológii
Program: Iné
Project leader: Mgr. Lášticová Barbara PhD.
Annotation:Research on the systems of scientific knowledge production has repeatedly shown that they are unequal, based on power structures favoring historically dominant groups and nations, and present unique and complex problems for scholars in the global South. These systems legitimize internationalized research above local production and dissemination, while linking career development and research funding to “international” evaluations based on Anglophone and North Atlantic conformity. Many social scientists have used decolonial, liberation, and indigenous approaches to describe, explain, and counteract these problems. This project aims to present a nuanced understanding of the state of contemporary social psychological research production, utilizing sociological and decolonial theory and qualitiative and quantitative evidence.
Duration: 1.9.2017 - 31.8.2020

National projects

MTIV - 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
Program: APVV
Project leader: prof. PhDr. Lukšík Ivan CSc.
Duration: 1.7.2019 - 31.12.2022

Pedagogical impacts and developmental achievements resulting from curricular changes in preschool education
Pedagogické a vývinovo-psychologické dopady inovácií predškolského vzdelávania
Program: VEGA
Project leader: prof. PhDr. Zápotočná Oľga CSc.
Annotation:Project is following on the research activities of the project team members connected with the development, implementation and evaluation of national curriculum for early childhood education, which came into force in 2016. Research will be conducted as series of impact studies in two main domains. Firstly, processes relevant to implementing the curriculum will be the subject of the study, specifically as they are reflected and evaluated by direct and indirect participants of early childhood education, and interpreted against contemporary expert discourse in a field of preschool pedagogy. Secondly, particular focus will be laid on substantial parameters and indicators of language, cognitive and metacognitive development of children in specific conditions relevant to the curriculum. Research will help to understanding the path of language and cognitive development of the children, and will contribute to the evaluation of program effectiveness, notably in the area of “language and communication”.
Duration: 1.1.2018 - 31.12.2020

Social-psychology aspects of anti-discrimination interventions: A qualitative metaanalysis
Sociálno-psychologické predpoklady antidiskriminačných intervencií: kvalitatívna metaanalýza
Program: VEGA
Project leader: Mgr. Lášticová Barbara PhD.
Annotation:In social psychology, there is an ongoing discussion that inducing intergroup harmony via positive intergroup contact can have sedative effects and legitimize social hierarchy instead of reinforcing collective action motivations, especially in stigmatized outgroups. The main objective of the project will be to carry out a qualitative meta-analysis of antidiscrimination interventions from the perspective of recent social-psychology theories. The research design will be multiple case study. We will focus on interventions that have been carried out in Slovak schools in last 10 years, and focusing on various outgroups (mainly Roma, migrants). We will explore, through which psychological mechanisms (affective, cognitive, behavioural) these interventions reduce prejudice and whether, at the same time, they reinforce collective action in favour of minorities. Finally, we will describe building blocks of the interventions that have potential to succeed, taking into consideration the optimal conditions of intergroup contact (Allport, 1954; Pettigrew & Tropp, 2006; Paluck, Green & Green, 2017).
Duration: 1.1.2019 - 31.12.2021

Twenty-first century traditional and alternative parenthoods: motivations, dilemmas, and consequences.
Tradičné a alternatívne rodičovstvá 21. storočia: motivácie, dilemy a konzekvencie.
Program: VEGA
Project leader: doc. Mgr. Popper Miroslav CSc.
Annotation:The project focuses on investigating current social representations of traditional and alternative forms of parenthood from the perspective of their coping and the quality of life. The traditional forms are bound to matrimony, non-traditional forms represent different non-marital coexistence, e.g. cohabitance, professional, adoptive, separated (single, LAT, divorced), lesbian and parenthoods in older age. The objective of the project is to study discourses on parenthoods, to elucidate to what extent the scientific representations reflect on legislature, to analyze social representations of parenthood in mass media and in everyday discussions of the particular groups of parents. At the same time, the project will monitor the prevalence of individual forms of parenthoods in Slovakia. The project aims to clarify what are the motivations leading to parenthood, which barriers people face, how satisfied they are with their parenthood and identify the schemes of coping and the way to the quality of life.
Duration: 1.1.2017 - 31.12.2020

Projects total: 6