Research focus: Different aspects of geographical education in terms of the intended, realised, and achieved curriculum in Czechia and abroad:
- The map work of students and the wider public (in the broad sense)—cognitive aspects of map work, strategies of map use, (mis)conceptions related to map work, level of map skills, and factors influencing this level; teachers´ personal concepts of map skills development; etc.
- Student perceptions of geographical space and the way in which it is created and expressed—mental and cognitive maps, sketch maps; factors influencing the quality of mental maps.
- National and school level curriculum development.
- Teacher concepts of teaching geography, including the professional development of teachers and training students of geography teaching.
- The use of smart technologies in geography teaching—interactive whiteboards, tablets, smartphones, etc.
A note for prospective PhD students: Potential PhD candidates interested in the research of map work or other topics mentioned above are welcome (see the ‘Open calls’).
- Ongoing PhD projects: Student strategies for solving problem tasks with maps (Lenka Havelková); Mental maps and student perceptions of geographical space (Kateřina Novotná).
For more information see the academic profile of Martin Hanus.