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International Projects

ATHENA - Implementing gender equality plans to unlock research potential of RPOs and RFOs in Europe

ATHENA - Implementácia plánov rodovej rovnosti s cieľom podpory výskumného potenciálu výskumných a výskum-financujúcich organizácií v Európe

Duration: 1. 2. 2021 - 31. 1. 2025
Program: Horizont 2020
Project leader: doc. PhDr. Bianchi Gabriel CSc.
Annotation:One of the main objectives of Europe’s societies is the elimination of all types of discrimination associated with gender. Despite a high number of highly skilled female graduates, there is still very few of them embracing a research career. With almost 60% of women graduates in EU, only one third of the EU’s researchers are women. In this context, ATHENA project aims at removing barriers to the recruitment, retention and career progression of female researchers; address gender imbalances in decision making processes and generate a cultural change needed to avoid future gender bias and discriminatory practices through the implementation of Gender Equality Plans (GEPs) in 6 Research Performing and 2 Research Funding organisations. These targeted organisations belong to Central Eastern EU countries and EU outermost regions that show some of the lowest Gender Equality Indexes in the EU. Thanks to the implementation of the GEPs, ATHENA will contribute to unlocking the research potential of these organisations thus improving the overall performance of the European Research Area and helping to close the innovation divide by avoiding the waste of talent and inefficient use of skilled women from weaker regions of the EU. To ensure systemic institutional change, ATHENA will first conduct an assessment of procedures and practices already in place in partner RPOs and RFOs, together with an analysis of the national legislation and policy frameworks. In parallel, it will put in place a participatory process aimed, on one side, to understand the needs and the preferences of the stakeholders and, on the other side, to train them with regard to selected topics related to gender. Based on these two approaches GEPs will be drafted, implemented and monitored in each partner organisation. This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 101006416.
Project web page:https://cordis.europa.eu/project/id/101006416

ENGAGE - Using contact interventions to promote engagement and mobilisation for social change

Využitie kontaktných intervencií na posilňovanie angažovanosti a mobilizácie v prospech sociálnej zmeny

Duration: 1. 1. 2021 - 31. 12. 2022
Program: Multilaterálne - iné
Project leader: Mgr. Lášticová Barbara PhD.
Annotation:ENGAGE addresses the discrimination of Roma people in Europe building on the assumption that antigypsyism and a hostile normative political context create obstacles to Roma inclusion and the social engagement of Roma and non- Roma people alike. Our objectives are to: (1) Addressing the problem of antigypsyism and indifference among members of the non-Roma majority. (2) Increasing Roma activism and engagement. (3) Mobilising the non-Roma population as allies for social change. We propose to identify a new approach to contact-based interventions to fulfil the aim of creating harmony in society while maintaining awareness of social inequalities. Our project will have two main pillars: (1) conducting and assessing contact-based intervention programs using action research and identifying best practices; (2) randomised controlled lab and survey experiments, and analysing data from large European surveys (e.g. ESS, EVS) and using meta-analysis of previous research. We will focus on Hungary, Slovakia and Spain, but maintain a European perspective in data collection and dissemination. Based on this multi-method project, we will develop common methodologies for contact-based interventions and an online, interactive toolkit for evaluating interventions from the perspective of fit with the normative context, prejudice reduction, and social mobilisation. We will organise 23 informal education workshops in Hungary (and to smaller degree in Spain) with non-Roma and Roma youth (~N=250), developed in the iterative process of action research. Best practices, experimental evidence and secondary data analysis will provide factual information to academic and lay people, local and EU politicians and NGOs, disseminated in traditional and social media by creating a short video and press releases. The interactive toolkit for evaluating interventions from the perspective of fit with the normative context, prejudice reduction, and social mobilisation will be accessible online.

National Projects

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.

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

Duration: 1. 7. 2019 - 31. 12. 2022
Program: APVV
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.

Social-psychology aspects of anti-discrimination interventions: A qualitative metaanalysis

Sociálno-psychologické predpoklady antidiskriminačných intervencií: kvalitatívna metaanalýza

Duration: 1. 1. 2019 - 31. 12. 2021
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).

ELD-ET - 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: APVV
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.

Projects total: 8