The Department of Pedagogy and Psychology
PL-85 067 BYDGOSZCZ,
ul. Chodkiewicza 30,
phone: ++48 (52) 3419314,
Ryszard Gerlach, Ph.D., Associate Professor
Deputy Dean for Research:
Janusz Trempała, Ph.D., Full Professor
Deputy Dean, Full-time Studies:
Ewa Kubik-Szymborska, Ph.D., Associate Professor
Deputy Dean for Extramural Studies
Jolanta Seidel, Ph.D.
The mission of the Department of Pedagogy and Psychology at Kazimierz Wielki University is to educate students, conduct scientific research and maintain commitment to improve the lives of individuals, those living in the region as well as the society of the whole country, with the full conviction that a good theory is a theory which finds its practical application.
The Department of Pedagogy and Psychology emerged in the academic year 1971/1972 from the Department of Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Pedagogy at then Higher Teacher Education School in Bydgoszcz (Wyższa Szkoła Nauczycielska w Bydgoszczy), initially as the Department of Pedagogy but since 1996 as the Department of Pedagogy and Psychology. Before it became a university, the institution had been transformed 3 times. Established as Higher Teacher Education School (Wyższa Szkola Nauczycielska), it was first transformed into Higher Pedagogical School (Wyższa Szkola Pedagogiczna) (1974), then into Bydgoszcz Academy (Akademia Bydgoska im. Kazimierza Wielkiego) (2000) and finally into Kazimierz Wielki University (KWU) (2005). Currently there are three institutes within the structures of the Department of Pedagogy and Psychology at KWU , namely: (1) Institute of Pedagogy; (2) Institute of Psychology; oraz (3) Institute of Music Education.
The Department of Pedagogy and Psychology educates over 6 thousand students majoring in the fields of:
which in turn offer education in 23 concentrations. The Department offers full-time and part-time courses within a 3-level system of education: 3-year licentiate studies leading to a licentiate degree, 2-year undergraduate studies leading to a master’s degree, and 4-year doctoral studies (except for a 2-level psychological studies which can be completed within a single 5-year program leading to a master’s degree and 4-year doctoral program which is also the case in medical and legal studies). Moreover, the Department offers a vide variety of continuing education courses (qualification and training courses). The courses are held in modern and well-equipped laboratories, e.g. audio-visual, group-therapy, psychological tests, psychophysical, clinical clinimetrics and psychometrics laboratories, as well as psychoacoustics and neurolinguistics laboratories. The course contents of all the majors and concentrations are in compliance with the EU teaching standards and the European Transfer Credit System (ETCS) and have received accreditation of the National Accreditation Commission. Under Socrates/Erasmus educational programs for higher education our Department participates in students and faculty exchange programs with other European universities such as University in Bańska Bystrzyca (Slovakia), University of Padva (Italy), University of Pieksamaki (Finland), University of Vaasa (Finland).
- Art Education (within Music Art)
Awarding academic degrees.
The Department of Pedagogy and Psychology is authorized to confer the following academic degrees:
- Doctor of Arts (D.A) in Pedagogy (1986);
- Habilitated Doctor of Arts (D.A.) in Pedagogy (1998);
- Doctor of Arts (D.A.) in Psychology (2000)
- Doctor of Musical Art (D.M.A) in Conducting (2005)
The Department of Pedagogy and Psychology employs over 160 academic staff members holding full-time appointments, among which 34 are employed as professors, out of which 15 are full professors and 19 assistant professors (habilitated doctors).
The Department’s researchers are conducting studies which are in line with the priority research areas recognized by the National Framework Program (Krajowy Program Ramowy) as being of utmost importance. The said research areas include: Health; Environment; State and Society; Security; Information Technologies.
Within the education research area those of utmost importance are: research into transformations of modern pedagogy in social theory and practice; research into developing self-learning skills; research into social pathologies; research into school and family cooperation; research into education and care of disabled and aging people; research into career education for the needs of the labor market.
Within the psychological research area those of utmost importance are research projects into: psychological development of a human being (therein psychopathology and development support); mental and physical disabilities; neurophysiologic basis for auditory and sound perception; behavioral genetics; as well as psychological counseling (therein on-line counseling). Within the art music of special importance are researches into choral and vocal-instrumental music and a model music teacher.
Numerous research projects are carried out in cooperation with national and foreign universities and scientific institutions. The research findings obtained by the researchers from our Department appear in prestigious national and international publications.
Since 1996 the Department of Pedagogy and Psychology has been publishing a scientific journal entitled the Polish Psychological Forum (Polskie Forum Psychologiczne) classified by the Scientific Research Committee (Komitet Badań Naukowych) and a series of publications entitled Development Support (Wspomaganie Rozwoju); since 2005 another scientific journal Didactic Forum has been published. Paidea and the present time – humanistic debate is a monthly academic debate held by the Department, which acts as a forum for exchanging ideas and conducting a scientific discussion. The Department faculty members belong to various national and international scientific organizations and committees. They also organize many scientific conferences and seminars at both the national and international levels. Some of them are cyclical events, that is to say, an international conference entitled Development Support (Wspomaganie Rozwoju) and an international scientific seminar entitled Spotkania Gordonowskie. It is worth mentioning that the faculty members of the Department of Pedagogy and Psychology have set up and now manage the activities of Kurt Lewin Center for Psychological Research, which gathers social psychologists from across Europe, the United States and Israel.
Both the researchers and students from the Department of Pedagogy and Psychology participate in various pro-environment activities outside university. They are engaged in the activities of The Academic Center for Psychological Help (Akademickie Centrum Pomocy Psychologicznej) at the Institute of Psychology; the organizational and educational activities at The University of the Third Age in Bydgoszcz, and at The Parents Academy in Bydgoszcz; the students’ voluntary activities in hospital wards, children’s homes, social welfare institutions; the students’ social welfare organizations in areas at risk of structural unemployment (Grupa Borne-Sulinowo); the activities also include local and international concerts given by the University Choir as well as vocalists and instrumentalists from the Institute of Music Education, a number of which have been broadcast by Polish radio stations and TV channels.