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About the Institute

The Institute for Research in Inclusive Education at the Masaryk University focuses on the research of micro, mezzo and macro level of inclusion in education and social inclusion. The main research areas include:

  • pedagogical and institutional management of inclusive education;
  • inequalities in education ensuing from matters of ethnicity, social and cultural background, gender and/or sexuality;
  • social inclusion, support and employment of adults with SEND;
  • support and education of formal and informal caregivers of people with SEND.

The Institute appreciates that the purpose of education is not only the development of the individual but also the promotion of equality and social cohesion. We strive to carry out practice-informed research, and for that, we closely cooperate with a number of stakeholders (schools, institutions, NGOs etc.). We aim to improve conditions for education, employability, and independent living of people with SEND and to increase their quality of life and the lives of their families and caregivers. 

At the same time, we are dedicated to promoting research-informed practice by implementing the research findings into practice and educating future educators and other professionals. Furthermore, we work with caregivers of people with SEND and offer long and short-term focused education.

The Institute serves as a platform for the professional development of PhD students/researchers at the Faculty of Education. 

The Institute has close ties with many non-profit organisations and institutions with which the Institute cooperates on research and in the study programmes Special Education and Applied Behaviour Analysis and thus brings expertise and current trends first-hand to the students.



The research interest of the Institute consists of three main track described below. The research teams cooperate with other researchers on national and international level.

  • Topic 1: Inclusion, diversity and equality in education, access and conditions in education
  • Topic 2: Social inclusion, living conditions and participation of people with SEND
  • Topic 3: Evaluation of intervention strategies for people with SEND

Topic 1: Inclusion, diversity and equality in education, access and conditions in education
We research inclusion, diversity, equality and access in all levels of education (nursery, pre-school, primary, secondary, and tertiary) in Czech and international contexts. In addition to educational practice per se and institutional culture, it addresses the role of education professionals and parents and other caregivers. It focuses on sharing good practices in inclusive education, including specific types of disadvantages and ways of achieving diversity, equality and participation in the education system.

Projects focusing on this research are included for example:

Topic 2: Social inclusion, living conditions and participation of people with SEND

The research focuses on living conditions, i.e. quality of life, social relationships, care/support networks and material living conditions of people with special educational needs, and their social inclusion/exclusion and participation. Within this research direction, the current projects focus primarily on employment, leisure time (e.g. art, outdoor activity), and (physical) (non-)accessibility. It emphasises not only structural aspects  of exclusion but also research ways to enhance inclusion and participation of people with disabilities in all areas of their lives.

Projects focusing on this research are included for example:

Topic 3: Evaluation of intervention strategies for people with SEND

We develop approaches to intervention and counselling for people with special educational needs. We cooperate with professionals who work in this field and with persons with disabilities and their family members. Within this direction, we research innovative methods and  forms of work and evaluate them in practice,  e.g. by developing and assessing e-learning and  telepractice strategies in professional  and parent training. This research  track has a  number of applied  outcomes, including the  project website Telepractice.

Projects focusing on this research are included for example:


International Cooperation

The Institute cooperates with institutions of various types, notably universities, government bodies and non-governmental organisations, primary schools, special schools, kindergartens and social care institutions. This cooperation comprises research and project activities, publications, practical education of students and student and staff exchanges etc.

Longstanding international partners include for example:


University of Applied Sciences in Jyväskylä (JAMK), Finland - a strategic partner of the Faculty of Education MU

Queen’s University of Belfast, United Kingdom

University of Northampton, United Kingdom

University of Ulster, United Kingdom

University of Massachusetts Boston, USA

University of Haifa, Israel

More partners can be found here

More projects can be found here



Lecturers and researchers

Lenka Gajzlerová, Ph.D. is a senior lecturer. Her field of interest is the use of ICT for students with SEND. She teaches the courses of Special Education, ICT in Education of Pupils with SEND.

Mgr. Kateryna Ivanova is a psychologist. She focuses on parent training in applied behaviour analysis. Her research focus is in the efficacy and social validity of various parent training modules.

Lucie Jarkovská, Ph.D. is a senior researcher. She focuses on educational inequalities. She specialises in gender, sexuality, and ethnicity in education. She leads courses in Methodology and Sociology.

Martina Kampichler, Ph.D. is a sociologist. Her main research focus is on the diversification of pre-primary and nursery education. Her research, among others, brings an understanding of parental perspective on early education. 

Sheri Leigh Kingsdorf, Ph.D. is a psychologist and certified behaviour analyst. Her research focus is on implementing principles of applied behaviour analysis at various levels of education and care for children with neurodevelopmental disabilities (home-based programmes, educational institutions, counselling services or legislation). 

Alla Moskalets, M. Ed. is a certified behaviour analyst with rich practical experience in delivering ABA services to families and educational institutions. She focuses on research in the field of parent training of children with ASD with a special focus on displaced Ukrainian families.

Ass. Prof. Karel Pančocha is a senior researcher focusing on social inclusion and participation of people with disabilities and applied behaviour analysis. He teaches the following courses: Research Methods in Special Education, Single-case Subject Design and Statistics.

Lucie Procházková, Ph.D. is a senior lecturer with primary research focus on the employment of people with SEND. She leads the following courses: Bildung und Förderung von Menschen mit Behindering 1, Special Education in International Perspectives, Volunteering.

Lenka Slepičková, Ph.D. is a senior researcher. She brings a sociological perspective to educational research by analysing the attitudes of various participants in inclusive education. Furthermore, she is an expert on research involving children. She leads courses in Methodology and Sociology

Mgr. Katarína Slezáková is a sociologist. Her expertise is in inclusive education and gender and sexuality in education. She researches the attitudes of various stakeholders and actors in education on diversity and inclusive education. Furthermore, she focuses on gender equality issues. 

Helena Vaďurová, Ph.D. is a senior lecturer whose research focuses on the quality of life of people with SEND and their caregivers and applied behaviour analysis. She teaches the following courses: Research in Special Education, Special and Inclusive Education, Concepts and Principles of Behaviour Analysis.

Martin Vrubel, Ph.D. is a senior lecturer. He specialises in visual impairment and environmental barriers. He teaches courses of Visual Impairment and Ophthalmology.

Non-academic Staff

 Mgr. Klára Dobrovolná, DiS. (office assistant)

 Bc. Matúš Mader (project manager)


Contact us

Head of the Intitute

doc. PhDr. Karel Pančocha, Ph.D., M.Sc.
Tel.: +420 549 49 5099

Office Assistant

Mgr. Klára Dobrovolná, Dis.
Tel.: +420 549 49 7271



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Pedagogická fakulta MU
Poříčí 31a
Brno 603 00
Czech Republic

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