Founded in 1997, University of Lower Silesia (ULS),located in Wroclaw, Poland, has established a distinct identity as a private institution of higher learning that promotes novel approaches to learning and forges research links on the national and international level. In addition to high-quality students, the school has attracted accomplished academic researchers and professors of education and the social sciences who have helped build the first-rate academic reputation of the school. In the fifteen years of the school’s existence, the student body has grown from 368 to almost 8,000 students who are served by a full-time academic staff of over 200 scholars. ULS currently offers degree programs in education, special-needs education, international relations, journalism, national security, philosophy, cultural studies and cultural anthropology or technical science.
Faculty of Education was established on 1 October 2003 in order to carry out teaching and research in disciplines related to ongoing trends: education, special education, social work, family studies. The basis of the organizational unit creates the potential of human resources as well as scientific and educational potential of departments: Education, Special Education and Continuing Training and Educational Studies. On 5 October 2006, was created a long-distance teaching center of ULS in Klodzko where the Faculty of Pedagogy carries on programs in the fields of education and special education.
Research staff are located in problem areas identified by the following research directions:
From teaching to learning. Biographical dimension of education
Today’s educational and vocational counseling. Contexts, ideas, applications
The teachers of today. The social construction of their being in the world of teaching
Educational discourses of present
The school as a learning institution
Operation of educational institutions, educational and rehabilitation. Programs, the social context
Pedagogical aspects of contemporary culture and social life
Psychological aspects of development
Some problems of history, culture, education and science
Childhood and family. Psychological and pedagogical conditions for development
Adults as the subject of learning in the contexts of contemporary culture
The ideological contexts of education
The methodology of the discipline and practice of science
Spaces of change and resistance in higher education
The school as a place of life of teachers and students. From formal to informal tasks of the educational situation
Family in contemporary educational discourse
Psychosocial strategies, help and cooperation
Sustainable development and education. Individual and collective identities of social actors.