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Head of the Department: Prof. Elżbieta Czykwin

The staff of the Department of Andragogy and Sociology of Education takes up the research challenges related to the problems of education, upbringing, and lifelong learning of adults in their social roles. The area of interest of the Department’s staff also includes the functioning of individuals within the framework of social institutions related to socialization and upbringing, such as the family, school, mass media, churches, and culture in the broadest sense, including the Internet.

Employees of the Department of Andragogy and Sociology of Education conduct research in the following areas: sociotherapy, psychoeducation, crisis intervention, professional development, remote education, national and religious minorities in Poland and the world, geragogy (pedagogy of old age), pedagogy of religion, media pedagogy, family pedagogy.

Moreover, our staff led or co-led internal ChAT grants regarding: the psychosocial situation of women during the COVID-19 pandemic (2021-2022, Izabela Kochan PhD, Anna Walczak PhD, Joanna Lewczuk PhD), the sociology of emotions (2013, finished with publication of a book “Wstyd” by Prof. Elżbieta Czykwin), the sociology of deviance (2019, finished with publication of a book “Anders Breivik. Między dumąi wstydem” by Prof. Elżbieta Czykwin), sociolinguistics (2022, finished with publication of a book “Metafory w naukach społecznych” by Prof. Elżbieta Czykwin). 

Each year, in autumn, the Department’s staff organizes a Scientific Conference. The first was dedicated to family (2020), the second to social change (2021) and the third to the social dimensions of life (2022). The Department coordinates the publication of post-conference materials.

Students’ youthful interest and involvement in social issues are an ongoing source of inspiration for us.   

The Department’s Laboratories

The research profile of our Laboratory includes such areas of interest as: development as a natural tendency of human personality and intentional shaping of adult personality; selected aspects of educational activity of adults; the phenomenon of educational marginalization in the context of barriers that interfere with the educational activity of adults, at the same time deepening the deficit in broadly understood social and educational competencies; Analyzing barriers, within the framework of the laboratory’s research explorations, focuses both on the personal characteristics of individuals, their previous experiences, but also on structural, local and global conditions. 

The research interests and scientific projects undertaken within the framework of the laboratory also concern the formation of critical and creative attitudes of individuals, the discovery of their creative potential, the awakening of knowledge, sensitivity, cultural awareness in needs and interests, introduction to the world of local and global culture.  

The Laboratory is located in a spacious teaching room on the second floor. It has good access to the Internet, which makes it possible to conduct classes in a hybrid formula (with participants online and in the room). The studio is fitted with modern audio-visual equipment and allows the use of many teaching resources to enrich the educational process. The studio also has a handy library, which collects publications on andragogical issues.

Head of the laboratory: Rafał Bodarski, PhD 

Prof. Elżbieta Czykwin (Head of the Department)

A sociologist and full Professor. In her research shedeals with the sociology of deviance, sociology of emotions, national minorities and psycholinguistics. Her book  „Stygmat  społeczny” (PWN Warsaw, 2013), which has been reprinted many times, won the national Irena Lepalczyk Prize (2008). Author of expert reports prepared for the Sejm of the Republic of Poland. Twice a scholarship holder of Robinson College (University of Cambridge).  

She teaches classes in contemporary problems of sociology, sociology of education and methodology of social research. 

Rafał Bodarski, PhD

A pedagogist, PhD in Education. Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences (2016-2019; up to 2019 functioning under the name Faculty of Pedagogy). Head of the Academic Career Office, and the Andragogy Laboratory in the Department of Andragogy and Sociology of Education. Trainer and consultant in group psychological training; sociotherapist conducting psycho-educational classes, trainings and workshops for, among others, representatives of local governments, librarians and employees of cultural institutions. Lecturer at the University of Warsaw and the Central Institute for Labour Protection – National Research Institute. His research interests revolve around issues of development and education of an adult human being; the spectrum of research explorations includes problems of educational motivation of adults and issues of professional development and pathologies in the work process. He teaches andragogy, psychopedagogy of work, interpersonal communication, pedagogy of work and support of adults in  crisis. 

Izabela Kochan, PhD

Holds a PhD in Education (The Maria Grzegorzewska University in Warsaw, 2005). Her research interests focus on remote education, education of national and religious minorities, geragogy. Member of the Siedlce Scientific Society. Awarded the KEN Medal (2009), Bronze Cross of Merit (2015). Member of the editorial board of the journal “Studies on the Theory of Education”, “Doctrina. Socio-political studies.” She conducts classes on the use of modern technologies in teaching.


Hanna Tranda, PhD

Received her doctoral degree in Historical Theology from the Faculty of Theology the Christian Theological Academy. She is a representative for the Science Information System at the Faculty of Social Sciences at CHAT. 

She teaches general pedagogy, social pedagogy, care and media pedagogy. He is interested in pedagogy, catechetics and ecumenism. 

She is a certified teacher of religion. 

Anna Walczak, PhD

She obtained her doctorate in Sociology at the University of Warsaw. She conducts research in the area of sociology of the family, transformations of parental roles, and family relations. She has experience in evaluation research for non-governmental organizations (including PanoptykonFoundation,the Academy of Civic Organizations Foundation) and public institutions (including Polish National Agency for Academic Exchange,  Medical University in Warsaw, National Centre for Culture Poland). She is the author of analyses and expert opinions for the Centre for Education Development and Jagiellonian University. She teaches  sociology-related subjects and classes in research methods in social sciences.  

Michał Popławski, MA 

Part-time employee and IT specialist.