Branislav Pupala

Branislav Pupala

Prof. Branislav Pupala, PhD.Professor of Early Childhood Education at Trnava University, Faculty of Education. He is also senior research fellow at Slovak Academy of Sciences in Bratislava where he founded with his colleagues the Centre for Research in Education. In education, he has been working more than 25 years – at the theoretical, political and also practical level. His main focus in research is policy in the field of early childhood education and care, curriculum development, comparative/international studies in ECEC.

At Trnava University he is director of the undergraduate program in preschool and primary education and co­‑director of the program Education and Health Care in Developing Cooperation. He is also director of the master’s program in Preschool Education and director of the PhD program in education (including preschool education). In 2016 at Trnava university, Faculty of Education he also founded The Kenya centre for early childhood and preschool education studies and he is the head of this centre.

At the Faculty of Education he leads the courses: School Management and Administration, Theory of Education, Research in Curriculum and Instruction. He is supervisor of MA and PhD students in education.

In 2013 he became the group head of the team responsible for developing and implementing the new national curriculum for preschool education in Slovakia. He is Honorary Chairman of Slovak Association for Early Childhood International (SACEI). He works as a member of the working group of Slovak accreditation committee he is also the group head of the preschool education committee at the State Education Institute in Bratislava.

At international level, currently he has developed cooperation with scholars from universities in USA, India, New Zealand, Russia, Kenya etc.

Selection of the contemporary published research outputs: https://www.​researchgate.​net/​profile/​Branislav_Pupala/​publications 

Branislav Pupala, PhD., the professor of Education, deals with the issue of pre-primary and primary education and school policy. He also deals with questions regarding the relationship between ideology and pedagogical thinking, with the individual aim to the impact of the neoliberal agenda on schools, school education and teacher training. He is a member of the following editorial boards of journals: Pedagogická revue (SR), Journal of Pedagogy (SR) and Pedagogy (CZ). He formerly worked at the Comenius University in Bratislava and in the Educational and Research Institution in Bratislava.


Pupala, Branislav: „Narcis“ vo výchove. Pedagogické súvislosti individualizmu. Bratislava: Veda a Typi Universitatis Tyrnaviensis, 2004. ISBN 80- 224-0824-7
Kolláriková, Z., Pupala, B. (eds.): Předškolní a primární pedagogika / Predškolská a elementárna pedagogika. Praha: Portál, 2001. ISBN 80-7178-585
Pupala, B., Zápotočná, O. (eds.): Rané štúdie o ranej gramotnosti. Bratislava: UK, 2003. 80-223-1806-X .
Held, Ľ. – Pupala, B.: Psychogenéza žiakovho poznania vo vyučovaní. Bratislava: PdF UK, 1995, 110 s. ISBN 80-967362-7-2
Pupala, B., Mašková, M.: Slovensko na mapách detí: detská naivná kartografia. Pedagogika, 47, 1997, č.4, s. 317 – 328.
Kaščák, O. – Pupala, B.: Verachtung der Pädagogik und Verachtung in der Pädagogik. Erfahrungen hinter der östliche Grenze. In: N. Ricken (Hrsg.): Über die Verachtung der Pädagogik. Analysen – Materialien – Perspketiven. Wiesenbaden :VS Verlag für Sozialwissenchaften, 2007, s.373-396. ISBN 978-3531-14829-8
Kaščák, O. – Pupala, B.: Výchova a vzdelávanie v základných diskurzoch. Prešov, Rokus, 2009, 175 s. ISBN 978-80-89055-98-2

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