Department of Education

Department of Education in its research, publication and teaching activities focuses on general pedagogy and didactics, religious education, leisure education, experiential education, social and special education, aesthetic education and philosophy of education.

Leisure Education

Leisure education is a discipline within pedagogy that aims to reflect the education of children, youth and adults in their free time. Leisure education often involves creating specific methodologies and sometimes (not quite exactly in terms of terminology) also very direct educational work with different groups in their free time.  

Aesthetic Education

Aesthetic education arts education through arts is understood at the Department of Education as a theoretical applied pedagogical discipline with a strong interdisciplinary nature. Its aim is a receptive and active aesthetic effect on students in fields close to art (art, music, drama, literature, film and media education). 

Experiential Education

You can encounter experiential education at the Deparment of Education both  at practical and theoretical research level: Methods of education by experience are used in adaptation courses for students entering Leisure Education study program - students of the this program might encounter some elements of education by experience within the optional course "Experiental Education I-III." It acquaints students with specific methods, theoretical models and historical development of this educational approach. 

In terms of research, the department focuses on the effective use of experiential approach, e.g. in the development of problem-solving competencies. We cooperate on publishing a magazine and the Internet portal Gymnasion ( Some graduates of Leisure Education study program still deal with experiential education as a part of their PhD study at Palacký University Olomouc.

Religious Education

Religious education is a discipline on the border of pedagogy and theology. The objectives, contents, methods, and institutions of religious education are justified in terms of pedagogy. Theology, however, is for religious education a metapedagogical science, from which it derives its basic principles. Next to other humanities and social sciences, theology is also a science of reference. It leads a critical dialogue with them and provides new insights and impulses.  

Ethical Education

The members of the department provide direct tution preparing teachers of ethical education within full-time and part-time study programs, and life-long learning (the accredited Further Education Courses for Teachers (DVPP) ) and also publish articles and monographs in the area of education and science teaching. Ethical education is seen as a personality cultivation in the field of ethics, i.e. practical philosophy.

Philosophy of Education

Philosophy of education as a part of philosophy or philosophical anthropology seeks philosophical foundation of education phenomena, especially teaching and education. It explores e.g. the origin and meaning of authority, relatedness between teacher and student, the concept of humanity as the targets of education etc.

Research AreaPhoto

Head of the Department

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Ludmila Muchová

phone: +420 389 033 507        
room: 4.23

Development of religious education in the Czech educational and theological environment, especially themes related to the spiritual dimension of education.

Religious experience and meaning of symbols

Christian identity in our secular pluralist society

Relationship between religious and ethical education

Application of philosophy for children in religious education.



Karolina Půrová, M. A.
phone: +420 387 773 556
room: 214C


Dr. Petr Bauman
phone: +420 387 773 527, 
mobile phone: +420 775 619 337
room: 4.20 

Ideological dimension of curriculum (teacher beliefs, aims of education)

Leisure Studies and Leisure Education

Philosophy for Children (philosophy as a part of primary school curriculum, philosophical dialogue and fostering thinking)


Anna Dudová, M. A.

phone: +420 389 033 529
room: 4.26 (podkroví)
Leisure Education
Cultural Animation
Salesian Pedagogy
Museum and Gallery Animation 


Assoc. Prof. Dr. Michal Kaplánek

phone: +420 387 773 529
room: 4.26  
Practical Theology:
  • Theory and Practice
  • Youth Pastoration
  • Religious Education outside the school
Leisure Education:
  • Leisure studies
  • Animation
  • Salesian Pedagogy

Martina Kočerová, M. A.

phone: +420 389 033 529
room: 4.26 

Leisure education
Kinantropology - Christian Church and Sport

Dr. Richard Macků

phone: +420 387 773 527
room: 4.20 
Problem solving competences
Pedagogical Dramaturgy
Leisure Education
Experiential Education
Philosophy for Children
Dr. Věra Suchomelová

phone: +420 389 033 544
mobil phone: +420 728 050 173
room: 206b 
Spirituality and Religiosity in Old Age
Adult Education
Leisure activities for seniors


Dr. Zuzana Svobodová

phone: +420 389 033 529
room: 4.26 
Philosophy of Education
Ethical Education
Czech Philosophy
Philosophy in the 20th Century (especially Jewish thinkers, personalists, existentialists, phenomenological philosophy, hermeneutics)
Philosophy and Theology
Connections between Religious and Cultural Education 


Assoc. Prof. Dr. Helena Zbudilová

phone: +420 387 773 527
room: 4.20 

Didactics of Citizenship Education
Didactics of Social Sciences
Didactics of Literature, Literary Education

Spanish and Hispanic American Literature and their cultural, philosophical and religious convergences; Theory of Fictional Worlds



Dr. Petra Samcová

phone: +420 389 033 507

Special Education

External lecturers

Dr.phil. Hana Chyzy

phone: +420 389 033 511
room: 4.24
Introduction to Recreology
Dr. Bedřich Jetelina
room: 203 
Introduction to Media Ethics and Pedagogy

Section for Education through Art


Dr. Michal Filip
phone: +420 389 033 511
room: 4.24 
The role of Art Education in Creativity Education
Intercultural context of visual arts
Psychology of Fine Arts

Karel Ochozka, M. A.

phone: +420 389 033 511
mobil phone: +420 775 905 687
room: 4.24 
Liturgical and Sacred Music
Developing musicality in children
Choir and Ensemble Leadership - transcription and editing of music compositions

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Stanislav Suda

phone: +420 389 033 511
room: 4.24 

Postrgrauduate students

Anna Dudová, M. A.

Veronika Blažek Iňová, M. A.

Dr. Denisa Klemscheová

Josef Mendel, M. A.

Jana Šídlová, M. A.

External postgraduate students:
Karim Sidibe, M. A.