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Meet our Researchers

Małgorzata Wójcik

 

SWPS University is a leading research center in Poland. Results of our research find numerous practical applications in education, business organizations, and public administration. These discoveries require drive, courage, dedication, responsibility, and years of hard work. We would like you to meet the people behind the projects, see the research centers where they work, and discover the fascinating world of science, which improves the quality of life.

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Research Focus
Psychology: peer relations and prevention of bullying in schools

Małgorzata Wójcik, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor and Vice-Dean for Student Affairs at SWPS University's Faculty of Psychology in Katowice. She is a psychologist researching peer group relations and prevention of bullying in schools. In her early career, she was a teacher of English at the junior-high and high school levels. While working at different schools, she came across the issue of bullying in the classroom, which motivated her to get to the root of the problem and find a solution to this common phenomenon. Based on her research results, together with her team, she has developed, participatory projects for students, and tools that help children, youth, parents and teachers identify incidents of peer violence, provide support to victims and the whole affected community, and prevent future occurrences of violent behavior, through educational initiatives and creation of non-violent climate in schools.

Psychologist Kurt Lewin, a pioneer of applied social psychology, said that “research which produces nothing but books will not suffice”. So I write my books, and I write my articles, but they are a byproduct, I would say. The most important thing is to use the research results to produce an effective anti-bullying program.

Małgorzata Wójcik
Małgorzata Wójcik
Ph.D. / Assistant Proffesor

Hear Dr. Wójcik speak about:

Projects preventing bullying in schools, such as Bliżej (Closer), INKLA, and RESQL

Research carried out by Małgorzata Wójcik, Ph.D. and her team resulted in the development of practical tools for teachers, parents and students and helped to reduce the occurance of bullying incidents in schools. The important element of the projects, such as Bliżej (Closer) and INKLA was the participation of students, who were tasked with carrying out field research concerning peer relationships in their schools. These projects provided ample data for the development of RESQL, an innovative system and mobile application for the prevention of bullying in schools, developed by a team of researchers from SWPS University.

Read more about Dr. Wójcik's research

RESQL
App for the prevention of violence in schools

RESQL is a mobile app enabling students to anonymously report acts of bullying directly to the teaching staff. The app was developed by researchers from SWPS University. The system allows students to anonymously report acts of bullying they had witnessed or experienced themselves. Students communicate with teachers via the application. The teachers-interveners analyze the problem, together with other educators, and undertake appropriate action. Each intervener has access to the intervener’s panel, where all incoming reports and other related information is collected. The application enables the school authorities to monitor bullying in their school, generate reports, and analyze the occurring problems together with the teachers council. Read more

RESQL system named “Innovator of Mazovia”

SWPS University’s RESQL Program Named Best Social Innovation