Development in the Family

An the international conference entitled “Education in Family, Family in Education” has been organised jointly by the Faculty of Education for Children and Special Educational Needs of UD and the John Paul II University Krakow. At the 2-day conference scientists presented their most recent research findings in areas like educational science, social pedagogy and sociology.

The major topics of the conference organised by the Faculty of Education for Children and Special Educational Needs of UD and the John Paul II University Krakow included connection between the development of children and the education system, the relation of moral education, religious communities and family education, and the situation of minorities in the education system.

- John Paul II University Krakow has been a key international partner of the Faculty. Due to the close cooperation of the two universities, this is the second time that the conference has been organised, this time in Krakow. In order to strengthen the relationship between the two universities, next year the conference will be held in Debrecen, which will be in line with the Faculty’s goals in terms of becoming more international – said Erzsébet Gortka Rákó, dean of the Faculty of Education for Children and Special Educational Needs to

Research in special needs education and sociological studies was more highlighted at this conference compared to the previous year, which was held in a hybrid form.

- Universities are totalities of subcultures. The years spent in higher education are often reduced to graduation, while much more takes place during the university years. For instance, this period determines the long-term cultural consumption habits of young people. University years have an even more profound effect on the socialisation of first-generation intellectuals – explained Veronika Bocsi, associate professor of the Faculty in her presentation entitled “A broader spectrum of students’ socialisation and an analysis of institutional influences in higher education.”

According to associate professor Bocsi, one of the positive consequences of the pandemic has been the transformation of the organisation of science. The hybrid and online conferences provide more space for researchers for presenting their findings, and offer more opportunities for learning about new fields of research.

At the conference, which was held on 16–17 May in Krakow, scientists from five countries presented their latest research results. Teachers and researchers of the University of Debrecen gave presentations on various topics, including methods to develop mathematical thinking in early childhood, parents’ attitudes towards learning English in early childhood, the relationship of families and sports organisations with talent management programmes, the situation of children raised by foster parents, the socio-cultural integration of Roma minority communities in Hungary, and measures to reduce the number of children dropping out of school early.

Press Centre – ÉE