Mgr. et Mgr. Michaela Spurná, Ph.D.

Assistant professor, Department of Geography


Correspondence Address:
Poříčí 623/7, 603 00 Brno

Phone: +420 549 49 3608
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CV

Curriculum vitae

Name, first names, scientific degrees
  • Medallion for academics:

    She graduated in teaching of vocational subjects for primary and secondary schools with a specialization in services and commerce (2013) and teaching of geography for primary schools (2023) at the Faculty of Education, MU. She graduated from the Faculty of Arts of MU with a Master's degree in Education (2013) and completed her doctoral studies in Education (2019, supervisor Prof. Milada Rabušicová, dissertation title: The educational research knowledge transfer between academics and teachers). Since 2018, she has been working at the Department of Geography and the Department of Education at the Faculty of Education, where she is involved in the training of future teachers, education of PhD students and also teaches in lifelong learning programmes. She is also intensively involved in educational research and was responsible for the development of Geo4Tea.com, an app aimed at improving the quality of geography teaching. In the past, she has participated in several research projects of GAČR (1x principal investigator) and TAČR (1x principal investigator) focused on curriculum research or research on geography education. She is also currently working at the National Pedagogical Institute of the Czech Republic in Prague (since 2018), where she focuses on curriculum innovation and development.

  • ResearcherID: K-6321-2013
  • Scopus Author Identifier: 57200642030
  • http://orcid.org/0000-0003-1139-6031

  • Medallion for the non-academic public:

    Michaela Spurná is a motivator and visionary immersed in innovation in education. She works as a teacher educationist and researcher at the Faculty of Education at MU. In the past, she has been involved in research and training on more general pedagogical topics, but currently she focuses more on the creation of conceptual documents and geographical education. She has a lifelong interest in the transfer of research findings into practice. She also works at the National Institute of Education of the Czech Republic in Prague, where she focuses on educational policy and curriculum development. In her free time she enjoys gardening and woodworking.
Department/Faculty/University
  • Masaryk University, Faculty of Education, Department of Geography
  • Masaryk University, Faculty of Education, Department of Education
Function, current position
  • Assistant Professor
Education and academic qualifications
  • 2013: Master's degree: Teacher Training for Secondary Schools – Specialisation Commerce and Services: Masaryk University, Faculty of Education (end date 20/05/2013)
  • 2013: Master's degree: Education, Masaryk University, Faculty of Arts (completion date 6/3/2013)
  • 2019: Doctoral degree: Education, Masaryk University, Faculty of Arts (end date 6/19/2019)
  • 2023: Extension of specialisation: Geography teaching for secondary schools, Masaryk University, Faculty of Education (end date 6/28/2023)
Professional experience
  • 2014–2016 Department of Educational Sciences; Masaryk University, Faculty of Arts – Assistant
  • 2015–2017 Podané ruce o.s. Guarantor for research projects
  • 2014 – present Technology Transfer Office; RMU – Contact person for the Faculty of Education for technology transfer
  • 2018 – until now Department of Geography, Masaryk University, Faculty of Education – Assistant professor, research projects, teaching
  • 2018 – present Department of Education, Masaryk University, Faculty of Education – Assistant professor, research projects, teaching
  • 2018 – present National Pedagogical Institute of the Czech Republic – National guarantor of innovations in education and pupil assessment and guarantor of the working group on key competences and literacy (Conception and development of the general education curriculum; assessment in education)
Teaching activities
  • Lectures, seminars and workshops for students Bc, Mgr. and Ph.D. studies at Masaryk University, Faculty of Education
  • Teaching pedagogical and methodological courses (statistics, research methodology), didactics of geography
  • Consultant PhD. of students (Masaryk University, Faculty of Education; Charles University, Faculty of Science)
Research activities
  • Curriculum research
  • Knowledge transfer
  • Geography education research

  • Principal investigator of the research project funded by the Czech Science Foundation (GACR)
  • Principal investigator of the research project funded by the Technological Agency of the Czech Republic

    List of the most important research projects:

  • TA ČR TL05000033 Development of an online platform to support the professional growth of teaching students and geography teachers: a diagnostic tool for identifying the concept of teaching; principal investigator (2021–2023)
  • TA ČR TL05000360 Development and implementation of the pilot design of the school report card: Innovation of the final assessment of primary school pupils in connection with comprehensive developmental assessment; research team member (2021–2023)
  • GA ČR GA23-05562S Who teaches future geography teachers? Social representations of teachers and teaching in initial teacher education; principal investigator (2023–2025)
  • GA ČR GA23-05617S Conceptions of geography teaching: Exploring the ecological validity of an assessment tool; research team member (2023-2025)
  • GA ČR 18-08315S Concept of geography and geographic education: teachers' point of view; research team member (2018-2020)
  • GA ČR GA15-05122S Between acceptance and resistance: Perception of curricular changes by teachers during ten years of reform implementation; member of the research team (2015–2017) OP Employment series, member of the KA 2 solution team, evaluator of key activities – evaluation settings (2018–2020)
  • CZ.03.2.60/0.0/0.0/16_052/0007282, Minimization of health and social risks for persons at risk of developing addiction and social exclusion (2018–2019)
  • CZ.03.2.60/0.0/0.0/16_052/0007551 Low-threshold services for drug addicts Brno (2018–2019)
  • CZ.03.2.60/0.0/0.0/16_052/0007742, KOMPAS - professional social counseling for persons after VTOS (2018–2019)
  • CZ.03.2.60/0.0/0.0/16_052/0007754, Comprehensive provision of services for drug addicts in Brno in the form of professional social counseling (2018–2019)
  • CZ.03.2.60/0.0/0.0/16_052/0007493, Integration of socially excluded youth at risk of risky behavior (2018–2019)
  • CZ.03.2.60/0.0/0.0/16_052/0007326, Counseling Center in Brno - development of competences for housing and work with clients with dual diagnosis (2018–2019)
  • ESF CZ.1.07/4.1.00/06.0001 Curriculum G Research activity Quality school; research team member (2011–2011)
Professional stays abroad
  • 29. 11. 2022 – 3. 12. 2022: Pedagogical University in Krakow, Krakow, Erasmus+, POL
  • 1. 8. 2018 – 6. 8. 2018: WERA 2018, Cape Town, Freemover, ZAF
  • 11. 8. 2016 – 25. 8. 2016: Institute for Knowledge Mobilization, Ottawa, Freemover, CAN
  • 23. 5. 2016 – 28. 5. 2016: University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, DNK
Other academic activities, research projects, grants
  • Technology Transfer Office; RMU (contact person for the MU Faculty of Education for technology transfer)

  • Projects:
  • MUNI/A/1435/2022 Developing scholarly thinking: Encouraging student activities in three professional micro-communities, principal investigator
  • MUNI/A/1453/2021 From research to scholarly inquiry into the validation of pedagogical phenomena: supporting the student activities of three professional micro-communities, principal investigator
  • MUNI/A/1515/2020 From research to university didactics, principal investigator
  • OTVŘ-4115721570 Map of professional development of teaching students, member team
Non-university activities
  • National Pedagogical Institute of the Czech Republic – National guarantor of innovations in education and assessment of pupils and guarantor of the key competencies and literacy (Concept and development of the general education curriculum; assessment in education)

  • Membership in the Czech Geographical Society (ČGS)
Most significant professional accomplishments
  • Requested reviews for studies offered in the following journals:
    International Research in Geographical and Environmental Education
    European Journal of Geography
  • Studia Paedagogica
Major publications
  • SPURNÁ, Michaela a Petr KNECHT. Souhrnná výzkumná zpráva. Geo4tea. Brno: Munipress. 10 s. 1. ISBN 978-80-88246-48-0. 2023. Elektronická publikace Souhrnné výzkumné zprávy vydané eMUNI pomocí PUBLI.cz info
  • KNECHT, Petr a Michaela SPURNÁ. Does specialization in geography teaching determine teachers' conceptions of geography teaching? International Research in Geographical and Environmental Education. London: Taylor & Francis, Routledge, roč. 31, č. 3, s. 242-260. ISSN 1038-2046. doi:10.1080/10382046.2021.1970967. 2022. URL info
  • SPURNÁ, Michaela, Eduard HOFMANN a Petr KNECHT. Pilíře učitelské způsobilosti: nástroj pro mezioborovou spolupráci přípravě budoucích učitelů geografie. Geografické informácie. Univerzita Konštantína Filozofa v Nitre, roč. 26, č. 1, s. 58-71. ISSN 1337-9453. doi:10.17846/GI.2022.26.1.58-71. 2022. URL info
  • SPURNÁ, Michaela, Petr KNECHT, Petr KVĚTON a Eduard HOFMANN. Geo4tea. 2022. Responsive online application for the self-development of geography pre-service and in-service teachers. Responzivní on-line aplikace určená k seberozvoji učitelů a studentů učitelství geografie. info
  • SPURNÁ, Michaela, Petr KNECHT a Hana SVOBODOVÁ. Perspectives on geography education in the Czech National Curriculum. International Research in Geographical and Environmental Education. Taylor & Francis, roč. 30, č. 2, s. 164-180. ISSN 1038-2046. doi:10.1080/10382046.2020.1789807. 2021. URL URL info
  • KNECHT, Petr, Michaela SPURNÁ a Hana SVOBODOVÁ. Czech secondary pre-service teachers’ conceptions of geography. Journal of Geography in Higher Education. roč. 44, č. 3, s. 458-473. ISSN 0309-8265. doi:10.1080/03098265.2020.1712687. 2020. URL info
  • SVOBODOVÁ, Hana, Michaela SPURNÁ a Petr KNECHT. Pojetí geografie a geografického vzdělávání u studentů učitelství v Česku. Geografie. Česká geografická společnost, roč. 125, č. 4, s. 501-526. ISSN 1212-0014. doi:10.37040/geografie2020125040501. 2020. URL info
  • PEŠKOVÁ, Karolína, Michaela SPURNÁ a Petr KNECHT. Teachers’ Acceptance of Curriculum Reform in the Czech Republic: One Decade Later. Center for Educational Policy Studies Journal. roč. 9, č. 2, s. 73-97. ISSN 1855-9719. doi:10.26529/cepsj.560. 2019. URL info
  • SPURNÁ, Michaela a Petr KNECHT. Využívání kurikulárních dokumentů učiteli ZŠ: aplikace Johnsonovy typologie. Studia paedagogica. Brno: Masarykova univerzita, roč. 23, č. 1, s. 29-54. ISSN 1803-7437. doi:10.5817/SP2018-1-3. 2018. URL info
  • SPURNÁ, Michaela a Dušan KLAPKO. Optimalizace řešení „sociálních pohřbů“ ve městě Brně. 2018. vyd. Brno: Magistrát města Brna, Statutární město Brno. 35 s. 2018. info
  • PEŠKOVÁ, Karolína, Tomáš JANKO, Tomáš JANÍK a Michaela SPURNÁ. Proměny postojů učitelů ke kurikulární reformě a jejímu zavádění. Orbis Scholae. Praha: Karolinum, roč. 12, č. 1, s. 69-93. ISSN 1802-4637. doi:10.14712/23363177.2018.282. 2018. URL info
  • PEŠKOVÁ, Karolína, Michaela SPURNÁ a Petr KNECHT. Teoretický model pro výzkum vnímání kurikulárních změn učiteli ZŠ. Orbis scholae. Praha: Karolinum, roč. 11, č. 2, s. 99-124. ISSN 1802-4637. 2017. URL info
  • SPURNÁ, Michaela a Josef MAŇÁK. Případová studie: Postavení etické výchovy v kurikulu. In Píšová, M., Kostková, K., & Janík, T. (Eds.), Kurikulární reforma na gymnáziích: případové studie tvorby kurikula. 1. vyd. Praha: Výzkumný ústav pedagogický v Praze. s. 242-268. Kurikulum G. ISBN 978-80-87000-78-6. 2011. URL info

2024/04/02

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