Silvie Rita Kučerová

Silvie Rita Kučerová
Jan Evangelista Purkyně University | UJEP · Department of Geography

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Student transfers between schools or inter-school mobility is an important topic, as it is often associated with other unfavourable conditions for schooling. Repeated transfers may predict an increased likelihood of school failure. On the other hand, school mobility can also serve the school choice. Despite that, data on mobility rate in Czech educ...
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The aim of the paper is to answer whether and how an elementary school is one of the key social institution within a rural municipality. The paper is based especially on the findings of the project GA CR No. 20-18545S “Schools in demand: Circumstances of elementary school choice in rural space”.
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The article aims to discuss conditions of spatial organization of elementary schools in the Czech countryside and to validate whether there is any relation between the different types of rural schools and the diverse types of rural areas. Usually, rural schools are perceived in contrast to urban schools as a homogenous group of institutions with co...
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The most attention has been paid to a school choice in the research of urban areas for a long time (Raveaud & van Zanten 2007), although the dominance of urban school as a norm regarding to character of education while overlooking the specific circumstances of rural schools has been pointed out (Cuervo 2016). On the ther hand, the efforts to emphas...
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Staré průmyslové regiony se potýkají s rozsáhlou fyzickou infrastrukturou související s průmyslovou výrobou, která často bývá nevyužívaná či využívaná jen z menší části. Tím, že zabírají podstatnou část sídel se následně mohou stávat bariérou rozvoje daného sídla. Na druhou stranu, velká část obyvatel měst má vytvořeno k daným objektům určité emoci...
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Industrial heritage is frequently accentuated in development strategies of old industrial regions as an asset that may be subject to commodification and thus helping to support employment, improve the quality of public spaces and more generally to facilitate re-imaging of rather negatively perceived old industrial regions. However, incorporation of...
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The poster presents partial outputs of the research project Schools in Demand: Circumstances of Elementary School Choice in Rural Space, namely from its first, extensive part.
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Industrial heritage is frequently accentuated in development strategies of old industrial regions as an asset that may be subject to commodification and thus helping to support employment, improve the quality of public spaces and more generally to facilitate re-imaging of rather negatively perceived old industrial regions. However, incorporation of...
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Industrial heritage is frequently accentuated in development strategies of old industrial regions as an asset that may be subject to commodification and thus helping to support employment, improve the quality of public spaces and more generally to facilitate re-imaging of rather negatively perceived old industrial regions. However, incorporation of...
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Cílem příspěvku je představit vývoj sítě základních škol v Česku mezi roky 1961–2017 s důrazem na venkovské školy. Výsledky analýzy jsou prezentovány v pěti mapách, které pro každý sledovaný rok znázorňují typologii obcí Česka podle toho, zda se v obci nacházela škola a zda se jednalo o školu se všemi ročníky povinné docházky nebo o školu neúplnou....
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This article summarizes the results of the research focused on the realization of the cross-curricular subject Environmental Education (CCSEE) at elementary schools (pupils’ age 6–15 years) in Czechia. The introduction of cross-curricular subjects into the Czech educational system is linked to curricular reform and it has been implemented in Czech...
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Poster byl prezentován na konferenci České asociace pedagogického výzkumu v Ostravě v roce 2020.
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Průmyslové dědictví je často zmiňováno v rozvojových strategiích starých průmyslových regionů jako jedinečný místní zdroj, který by měl být komodifikován za účelem podpory oživení veřejných prostorů, re-imaging daného regionu, popř. zvýšení zaměstnanosti. V některých regionech je toto dědictví využíváno intenzivněji, v některých méně. Ve vědecké ko...
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Dominance of urban elementary school as a norm regarding to character of education or provision of service while overlooking the specific circumstances of rural schools has been openly pointed out in reaction to critical approaches in social sciences in developed countries since the 1970s (Cuervo 2016). The efforts to emphasize the unique culture o...
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The chapters in this book reveal the insights of social science scholars from 11 European countries including those from low GDP, formerly soviet bloc countries, recently enabled to present their research at western European conferences such as the European Educational Research Association. Their research will inform and alert education academics,...
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Please see the special issue of the Journal of Pedagogy, 11(1) dealing with the Geography of Education. Available on https://content.sciendo.com/view/journals/jped/11/1/jped.11.issue-1.xml as an open access.
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The geography of education is a young field of research. This article makes two innovative contributions to knowledge about the evolution of this body of work. First, it presents a threefold history of the field, delineating distinct phases in its development. Second, it draws out both linkages across, and disparities between, geographies of educat...
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Most of the literature on student between-track mobility or school choice examines decision making in comprehensive systems or in tracked general education schools. In this article we present data on inter-school mobility (transfers) of upper secondary students in a differentiated educational system with academic, professional and vocational tiers...
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The centralization process of the educational system has many dimensions. The aim of this paper is to discuss specifics of various dimensions of the centralization and decentralization in the rural educational landscape of post-socialist countries using the example of Czechia. Based on the concept of landscape structures, we recommend the categoriz...
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The publication Czech Historical Atlas. Chapters on the History of the 20th Century freely follows the long-lasting cooperation between experts from the Institute of History CAS, the Department of Geomatics of the Faculty of Civil Engineering of the Czech Technical University in Prague and the Department of Social Geography and Regional Development...
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Throughout Europe, small, rural schools face similar problems of justice and democracy. Despite more diversity in the political development of European states, rural areas are still regarded through a lens of predominantly urban society (Beach et al. 2018). The last decades, have seen a number of key developments in the operation of schools. Althou...
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Economic maps in school atlases are specific types of maps that represent extra-complex maps with multi-layer and fast-developing content over time. The objective of this article is to discuss a multi-stage curriculum in connection with the results of an assessment of the usability of economic maps by lower and upper secondary school students. The...
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Czechia is an example of a country evincing contradictory tendencies in the development of its social system over the course of the twentieth century, which particularly included a major transition from communist rule towards a democratic society. The authors of this chapter aim to explore ways in which spatial organization of the country’s element...
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The authors conducted 22 unstructured heuristic interviews with the 7th and 8th grade pupils of the Czech lower secondary schools. During the interview the pupils were asked to perform a problem-oriented learning task with the help of visuals in the contemporary Czech geography textbooks and Czech School Atlas of the World. The aim was to determine...
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The study seeks to explain how evidence-based knowledge about learning from visual material can be utilized by way of improving the visuals used in geography education. The aim of this narrative review is to find out: a) the theoretical foundations of learning from visuals, b) how to operationalize geographical visuals in a way that would facilitat...
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Zeměpisná olympiáda je oborová soutěž pro žáky nadané v zeměpise. V jejím celostátním kole soutěží žáci ve dvou věkových kategoriích: 13–15 let a 15–19 let. Didaktický test ověřuje mimo jiné i dovednost práce s různými typy vizuálií. Cílem příspěvku je zaprvé prezentovat výsledky analýzy obsahu učebních úloh využívající vizuálie, a to v několika ro...
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Traditonally, the spatal organizaton of elementary educaton was based on the concept of school districts. Uneven regional development and populaton changes contributed to the destabilizaton of some regional educaton systems and led to the modifcaton of catchment area boundaries. In the West, the neo-liberal policies of the 1980s led to the decentra...
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The purpose of the article is to examine the ways in which regional geography textbooks are used in elementary education, using north-west Bohemia as a case study. The authors analysed 18 textbooks published since the beginning of the 20th century, in two steps: (1) the construction of geographical names frequency maps indicating which parts of the...
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Příspěvek je empiricko-výzkumnou studií zabývající se hodnocením vizuálií v učebnicích zeměpisu žáky základních škol. Cílem příspěvku je identifikovat charakteristiky vizuálií, které žáci 2. stupně ZŠ preferují a používají při vytváření geografických znalostí. Dalším cílem příspěvku je interpretovat hodnocení vizuálií žáky – tj. zda rozlišují mezi...
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As many realized pedagogic studies have documented, it is highly important to activate simultaneously both learner’s basic sense channels, e.g. verbal as well as pictorial, to improve an efficiency of learning (Mayer 1997; Paivio 2014). Therefore, school education should promote the activation, interconnection and complementation of these two sense...
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Using the example of the Ore Mountain (Krušné hory) Folk House, this article explores ways that traditional architecture can be adapted to the natural conditions of a specifc region. It lists elements of construction, materials and architectural decisions that support such an outcome. The accompanying ideas for instruction can help students underst...
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In a general sense, this article explores the function of textbooks in the educational process. It presents the results of a survey conducted among geography teachers at Czech secondary schools. The questionnaire examines whether, how often and when textbooks are used in teaching about the regions of the Czech Republic and which textbooks are norma...
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A part of the specialized session with 4 presentations: Heritage presentation might include the presentation of past which evokes controversial, negative and tragic events and processes. As an example of this controversial history can be considered the heritage of uranium mining in the Jáchymovsko area (Northern Bohemia). The area was politically m...
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Strategic marketing of geography education: The example of the " company " Geographical Olympiad – The article focuses on strategic marketing of the scientific discipline of geography or the school subject of geography, using an example of their field competition, Geography Olympiad, which is seen as a parallel to running a company. The aim of the...
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The article deals with selected issues relating to the provision and accessibility of primary education in rural, non-exposed areas. These issues are examined from the viewpoint that various conditions force even public education to be guided by certain principles of the free market (e.g. competing for clients), although its actions in this respect...
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Entrepreneurial human capital and entrepreneurship are crucial elements for the further development of rural areas. In order to understand the role of rural enterprises it is essential to learn the characteristics of successful companies in local economies. The main aim of this paper is to demonstrate through the introduction of the activity, every...
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Transformations in the spatial organization of elementary education in the Czech Republic over the last 50 years are examined in this article, via case studies of two rural regions (Turnov district and Zábřeh district). The aim of the study is to investigate the impact of general development trends in elementary schools in territorial detail. Chang...
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The aim of the article is to present and evaluate several methodological techniques available to measure and cartographically depict the elementary school service in a region. The Přerov district in Moravia was selected as a study area. In the district, a relatively dense network of elementary schools is available, which is composed of either compr...
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Water as the Central Theme of Geography Olympiad 2015. This article presents the primary theme of the 17th annual Geography Olympiad: water. It then discusses various sub-topics of the theme and summarizes key manifestations and processes related to the theme. The end of each sub-section includes a number of educational objectives pertaining to the...
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The Role of the Strategic Plan in Development. This article describes the purpose and structure of a strategic plan. It identifies a number of pitfalls commonly encountered during the formation of a strategic plan, as well as the most common mistakes made by plan creators. The article also presents a brief guide for formulating a strategic plan.
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Still the Same Greenery in the Countryside? Vegetation forms an essential element of cultural landscape. It shapes its character, influences its perception and is the outcome of various practices of land use. This article introduces and discusses various forms and functions of greenery in rural space.
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The Role of Atlases in Geography Instruction. This article considers potential uses of cartographic products – the most common of which are atlases, or classroom wall maps – in geography instruction. Selected classroom activities are illustrated with examples from Geography Olympiad tasks.
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Paper discuss causes and character of changes of rural elementary schools pattern in Europe. To identify similarities and differences in the development, especially from perspective of: time, space, educational policy, pedagogy, public administration.
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The Inter-Subject Relations of Geography. This article discusses the topic of geography’s inter-subject relations with other school subjects. It argues for cooperation between geography and other subjects and provides suggestions for linking subjects that are somewhat beyond the ordinary.
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How to Recognize Gifted Geography Students. This article explores issues surrounding gifted pupils/students, with an emphasis on giftedness in geography. It describes characteristic manifestations of gifted students as well as certain mistaken notions regarding the so-called gifted, on the basis of a literature analysis and directed interviews with...
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Visual Presentation of the Greenhouse Effect. This article deals with the formation and proliferation of misconceptions among students, concerning the greenhouse effect. Unfortunately, these misunderstandings arise, at least partially, as a result of inaccurate illustrative images from textbooks and other sources. The article presents an example of...
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Keywords Abstract Czech borderland transfer of the Czech Germans landscape changes historical geography Czechia This paper is focused on the discussion of the transformations of the rural landscape in the Czech borderland in the second half of the 20 th century. The borderland is presented as a certain entity in this paper. The main processes influ...
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English Summary: Changes in the Territorial Structure of Primary Education in Czechia (from the page 171)
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Accompanying text to Map of catholic pilgrimage places in Czechia at the beginning of the 21st century by the same authors
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Pilgrimage Sites as a Feature of the Cultural Heritage of Czech Society. The article discusses the functions and utilization of Catholic pilgrimage sites as a unique form of Czech society’s cultural heritage. It acquaints the reader with the phenomenon of religious pilgrimage and presents a brief overview of the development of pilgrimage traditions...
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The aim of the article is to identify changes in the distance and time accessibility of elementary schools in Czechia, during the second half of the twentieth century, using geo-informational analytical methods. to the article focuses particularly on quality of life in disadvantaged, peripheral areas. The elementary school network has been changing...
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The article deals with evaluation of the process of education as an instrument enabling an individual to acquire certain competencies (a kind of capital). These when used in an active way, may help him/her to reach different personal benefits, or even benefits for the whole society in a given territory. Possible relationships between education and...
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The aim of the article is to identify changes in the distance and time accessibility of elementary schools in Czechia, during the second half of the twentieth century, using geo-informational analytical methods. to the article focuses particularly on quality of life in disadvantaged, peripheral areas. The elementary school network has been changing...
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Working with data from the Landscape Atlas of the Czech Republic The aim of this article is to provide material from the Landscape Atlas of the Czech Republic for geographical education and to offer several suggestions on how to work with the new atlas. Pupils from the different school grades (elementary, secondary, tertiary) can develop plenty of...
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The objective of this article is the regional differentiation of rural space in Czechia, which is defined as the territory of rural municipalities of up to 3,000 inhabitants. The ultimate determination of particular types of rural space is realized at the level of authorized municipal authorities. Current socioeconomic characteristics of rural muni...
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The objective of this article is the regional differentiation of rural space in Czechia, which is defined as the territory of rural municipalities of up to 3,000 inhabitants. The ultimate determination of particular types of rural space is realized at the level of authorized municipal authorities. Current socioeconomic characteristics of rural muni...
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Equality in access to education is a basic right of every citizen of the Czech Republic. However, this principle exhibits not only a social aspect but also a spatial, geographical dimension. The absence or closure of elementary school can be a spatial expression of unequal access to elementary education and a part of the process of peripherization...
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CHROMÝ, P., KUČEROVÁ, S., KUČERA, Z. (2009): Regional identity, contemporary and historical regions and the issue of relict borders – the case of Czechia. In: Heffner, K. (ed.): Historical Regions Divided By the Borders: Cultural Heritage and Multicultural Cities. Regions and Regionalism, 9, 2. Państwowy Instytut Naukowy – Instytut Śląski w Opolu,...
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At present, there is no unity among specialists dealing with issues of space polarization and the development of peripheral areas in selecting parameters that would be the most suitable indicators for the delimitation of peripheries. According to the authors, the presence or absence of elementary school in certain area is one of the possible indica...
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KUČERA, Z., KUČEROVÁ-KULDOVÁ, S., CHROMÝ, P. (2008): Landscape heritage between areal preservation and areal development – the case of Czechia. Geographia Polonica, 81, 2, s. 5–23. ISSN 0016–7282 – In line with recent developments, landscape is not only the object of scientific studies, but is also being included in planning policy and practice. In...
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The aim of the paper is to analyze spatial distribution of elementary schools in Czechia based on information from official statistical databases. The current state of the primary school pattern is compared with the situation in 1961 in order to identify geographical processes characterizing spatial changes of the elementary schools network in the...