Selected Courses

Researching the development of cognitive skills and competencies in formal education (Prof. Benő Csapó)

The course covers the following areas: Theoretical sources of studying developmental processes; Psychometric traditions, the Piaget-school, Neo-Piagetian paradigms, the information-processing paradigm, and the constructivist approach; Qualitative and quantitative methods, cross-sectional and longitudinal assessment; Analysing developmental data, modelling and simulation; Improving abilities in school contexts; Stand-alone training programmes and the embedding approach; Experiments on the modifiability of developmental tendencies.

Theory of assessment (Prof. Tibor Vidákovich)

The course covers the following areas: The classical test theory and its application in test-development; Concepts of reliability, validity, and objectivity; The development of modern tests theories and the diversity of analysis models; The foundations of Rasch-models; Item taxonomy and item writing; Test construction, test equation; Norm- and criterion-referenced testing; Diagnostic testing.

Principles of cognitive neuroscience (Prof. György Benedek)

The course provides an introduction into the structure and functions of the human nervous system; basic neurobiological functions; information processing and blood supply of the human brain; motor, sensor and vegetative nerve functions; basic terminology of classical and recent experiments; associative functions; anatomical and physiological functions; neural bases of integrative functions in sleep, awareness, attention, speech, learning, memory and consciousness.

Information competencies (Assoc. Prof. Gyöngyvér Molnár)

The course introduces basic research methods of ICT applications and recent international research findings. Discussions concerning the construct of information competencies cover scanning, skimming, and processing of information; different programming languages; effects of experiments regarding processing data, texts and visual images on the development of cognitive abilities, motivation and communicative competencies in the first language.

Educational psychology (Prof. Zsuzsanna Vajda)

The course explores the following areas: The relationship between education and psychology; Historical aspects of childhood and adulthood; Mediation of behavioural norms and rules; Reward, punishment, and other social mechanisms; Functions of the family; Parental belief systems and expectations; Educational attitudes; The roles of the social environment; The school as a cultural institution; The school and cognitive development; Motivation: types, roles, effects; Teachers’ roles; Teacher–student relationships; Education as socialisation.

Research on health education (Assoc. Prof. Katalin Barabás)

The course covers the following areas: Philosophical and historical issues in health education; Health as a value – research findings; Life style and health: sociological aspects; Medical anthropology; Cultural aspects of health consciousness; Primary prevention; Risk-taking and protective models; Features of health education in different contexts; Methodological considerations; Ethical issues; Designing health education programmes.

The epistemology of children’s education (Prof. Béla Pukánszky)

Participants of the course will gain insight into a variety of historical, philosophical and educational views on humans, children and education; changes in the perception of human character, children, and educational practices in different historical periods; ideal portrayals of the child; metaphors in educational literature; child rearing and education in the 20th century; childhood and education; perception of children in reform pedagogies; pessimistic views on education (black pedagogy; anti-pedagogy).