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Maria Mendel

University of Gdansk
Faculty of Social Sciences
Institute of Education
Ul.Bazynskiego 4
80-952 Gdansk
(+48) 58 523 20 36

Professor of the University of Gdansk (2002-2008 – director of the Institute of Education; 2008-2012 – deputy rector of the University)



Domain of specializations : Social pedagogy (community education; social work; school, family and community partnerships)

Present research interests : Place-conscious education and social work; family-school-community partnerships

Other skills/activities : Academic teaching; management, HE quality assurance 


Participation in research projects :



  • Coordinator of the projects - grants of the University of Gdansk: Family-School-Community Agreements in European Communities (Kontrakty rodzina – szkoła – gmina w społeczeństwach europejskich) BW/7300-5-0242-7, 1997; Family, School, and Local Authority Co-operation in American Perspective (Współdziałanie rodziny, szkoły i samorządu lokalnego w perspektywie amerykańskiej) BW/7300-5-0138-8, 1998-99
  •   Coordinator of a project - grant of the State Committee for Scientific Research (KBN): Preparing Teachers To  Co-operation with Parents (Przygotowanie nauczycieli do wspolpracy z rodzicami) 0396/H01/2000/18, 2000-2002
  •   Polish Co-ordinator of European project: Active Citizenship To Partnerships In Learning (EU 5th Framework Programme), 2000
  •    Member of the Polish team of Students as „Journeymen” between communities of Higher Education and Work (EU 5th Framework Programme), 2000- 2005 
  •     Member of the Polish team of Perception of Knowledge in Academic Education, a joint project of Linkoping University (Sweden) and Univesity of Gdansk (Poland) [1998- 2000]
  •    Coordinator of the Socrates-Comenius projects (in Poland, University of Gdansk): 1) Good Intercultural Dialogue Between Families and Schools – 2005-2007; 2) Education for Change [Sustainable Development in Schools] – 2005-2008
  •   Coordinator of the educational research group (University of Gdansk) in the project financed from European Social Found: The Agenda of Homeless People – 2005-2007.
  • Author of the educational module in the international programme: “PhD_ACT” New Ways of Activism in Social Work in Europe, Erasmus-MOD, 2007-2008. 
  • Co-ordinator of the project: Program wdrazania nowoczesnych metod ksztalcenia w Uniwersytecie Gdanskim [Development Programme of new methods of teaching in the University of Gdansk], European Union Operational Programme: Human Capital, 2008-2012.  


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