No Limits 2024-04-19T14:43:35+00:00 Agnieszka Sikora Open Journal Systems <p>“No Limits” is a new popular science journal at the University of Silesia in Katowice. We use an attractive format to present interesting, innovative, and important scientific research which is conducted at our university, or in cooperation with the University of Silesia.</p> <p>The semi-annual journal is addressed to a wide audience, especially to those who are interested in discoveries in the world of science, innovative solutions, technology, as well as new materials and technologies. The first issue was dedicated to the subjects related to climate change.</p> To give your child a happy life 2024-04-19T14:43:34+00:00 Katarzyna Suchańska Sylwia Wrona <p>Some children may struggle with serious health problems right from the very beginning. In such cases, they will be looked after by specialists and offered assistance in coping with their illnesses. Some of them are temporary and completely curable. Developmental abnormalities aren’t always noticed right away. Sometimes a child needs to start crawling, moving around, and babbling to show that they are suffering from an abnormality. To ensure that their children are off to a good start, many parents opt for early childhood development support classes.</p> 2024-04-19T00:00:00+00:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## The idea behind art education 2024-04-19T14:43:34+00:00 Agnieszka Sikora Urszula Szuścik <p>Art education plays an important role in children and young people’s educational process. It is crucial in developing imagination, creativity, communication skills, problem-solving skills, and self-expression through various artistic media such as drawing, painting, photography, music, and dance. Through art, children learn to express their thoughts in an original and unique way and to relate to their environment.</p> 2024-04-19T13:02:24+00:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## To learn about cultures is to appreciate differences – intercultural education 2024-04-19T14:43:34+00:00 Weronika Cygan Barbara Grabowska <p>For centuries, there has been great ethnic and religious diversity in the territory of present-day Poland. It was not until the forced resettlement of the population after 1945 and the attempts to create a single, valid ‘Polish identity model’ that Poland became one of the most homogeneous countries in the world. It is more difficult for us to open up to people from other cultures when we are not in contact with them, and it is also easier to fall into the trap of stereotypes. The solution may lie in intercultural education, making it easier to open up to the ‘stranger’.</p> 2024-04-19T13:15:02+00:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## Fitting in with the key or finding your own approach 2024-04-19T14:43:34+00:00 Małgorzata Kłoskowicz Aleksandra Nadgórska-Socha Magdalena Rost-Roszkowska <p>A fundamental mistake of the education system in many countries, including Poland, is that in secondary schools we teach young people for the sole purpose of achieving the best possible score on the Matura exam. You have to fit in with the answer key. But we need the right competencies, the basic knowledge and skills to help us make rational and responsible decisions in a world where economics still triumphs over environmental concerns. We should start acquiring these competencies from the very beginning of our education at school and develop them throughout the rest of our lives.</p> 2024-04-19T13:22:23+00:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## Towards symbiocene. The future of climate education in Poland 2024-04-19T14:43:34+00:00 Adam Bała Magdalena Ochwat Piotr Skubała <p>Schools need to teach about what is happening to our planet and reflect critically on the ways in which <em>Homo sapiens</em> has been inhabiting it based on destruction, extraction, and exploitation. The degradation of the environment will not leave the morality, sensitivity, and imagination of the youngest generation unaffected, and we will all feel its consequences. Therefore, schools have the duty to prepare students for the inevitable.</p> 2024-04-19T14:11:21+00:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## Video games. Creative space and learning aid 2024-04-19T14:43:34+00:00 Tomasz Płosa Michał Kłosiński <p>People involved in education have now recognised that games are a part of culture and that video game specialists should be invited to cooperate. However, teacher training within a variety of fields still lacks classes devoted to game culture. There still isn’t a textbook that would explain how to teach games. We need systemic solutions that will provide proper assistance for teachers.</p> 2024-04-19T14:15:10+00:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## Digital education: the key to success in the 21st century 2024-04-19T14:43:35+00:00 Olimpia Orządała Monika Karwacka <p>At the end of 2023, Eurostat published a digital competence report. 56% of European Union citizens aged 16-74 possess at least some basic digital skills. The highest percentage was recorded in the Netherlands (83%), Finland (82%), and Denmark (70%) and the lowest in Romania (28%), Bulgaria (36%), and Poland (44%). These figures do not inspire optimism given the role digitality plays in our lives. By 2030, not less than 80% of EU citizens should have at least a basic level of digital literacy. This is the target of the EU programme setting the course for digital transformation in Europe.</p> 2024-04-19T00:00:00+00:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## AI in the classroom 2024-04-19T14:43:35+00:00 Tomek Grząślewicz Agnieszka Nowak-Brzezińska <p>Operating billet heaters in hazardous conditions, working with dangerous machinery, handling heavy products in a warehouse... Without a question, AI-controlled devices should replace us in some of these activities. It could prove difficult for us to get used to travelling in self-driving buses, although autonomous vehicles are already being gradually introduced into public transport. The rapid acceleration in the development of large-scale language models – with the high-profile ChatGPT leading the charge – has, on the other hand, led to a resurgence of discussion on the role of AI tools in university education. Everyone agrees on one thing, though: the model of academic education as we know it is undergoing a radical change right before our very eyes.</p> 2024-04-19T14:21:43+00:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## Escape room as homework 2024-04-19T14:43:35+00:00 Małgorzata Kłoskowicz Evelina Bendoraitienė <p>An escape room is literally a room you have to escape from used primarily for entertainment. But it can also be turned into an innovative educational method and offered to students. The most significant advantages of the educational escape room are not only the information provided in a very creative way but also the opportunity to develop many competencies. These include: critical and logical thinking, cooperation and teamwork in general, effective communication, scenario building, and creativity. It is also a great tool to motivate students to become more involved in the classroom.</p> 2024-04-19T14:25:29+00:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## Why should we study attitudes? Adult educational beliefs and their social significance 2024-04-19T14:43:35+00:00 Anna Orlińska <p>Attitudes are the central part of everyone’s individuality; they keep changing and moulding all throughout life, in the development process of each person. Understanding and exploring adult attitudes towards education is therefore essential, as they reflect societal values and influence future generations. Adults, who are role models for younger generations, have a huge impact on shaping the attitudes and behaviour of children and youth.</p> 2024-04-19T14:28:21+00:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement##