Volume 43, Number 1

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The role of public higher vocational institutions in spatial decentralisation of public higher education in Poland

Artur Bajerski

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Abstract The article discusses the rise of public higher vocational education (PHVE) in Poland in the context of active educational policy of many countries in the second half of the 20th century involving a spatial decentralisation of higher education. The fi rst part of the article presents an outline of Polish PHVE policy. It serves as a basis for the article’s latter sections concentrating on PHVE provision, its role in the Polish higher education system, relations between PHVE and other sectors of higher education in Poland, and the infl uence of PHVE creation on the accessibility (social and spatial) of higher education in Poland. The author tries to examine to what extent the implementation of the PHVE policy and the creation of the sector in Poland can be perceived as successful.

Key words

higher vocational education, educational policy, decentralisation, Poland

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Changing concepts of time geography in the era of information and communication technologies

Martin Šveda, Michala Madajová

pp. 15–30


Time geography represents analytical perspective for the analysis of human activities and movements in space-time. For more than 40 years it has attracted considerable research interest and has brought many useful concepts and models helping us to understand the everyday human life. However, development of information and communication technologies and their role in everyday life of individuals has brought about new phenomena, which disrupted the conventional view of human’s behavior in time and space. The aim of the paper is to present a new view of basic concepts of time geography and to outline possible trends of future space-time research.

Key words

time geography, concepts, revision, information and communication revolution, virtual mobility

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Perception of cross-border cooperation in the Czech and Polish border area on the example of the Jeseník Region

Pavel Ptáček, Tatiana Mintálová

pp. 31–49


The article would like to discuss determinants of Czech-Polish cross-border relations in Jeseník region and their possible impact on regional development. There are described specifi cities of these relations which still infl uence current level of cross border collaboration. The main aim of the article is to describe the situation on Czech-Polish border in Jeseník region after accession into Schengen area in 2007. Thanks to the specifi c border regime this event plays an important milestone in Czech-Polish cross-border relations. From methodological point of view were used interviews with mayors and other representatives on municipal level as well as questionnaires among local citizens to map the situation 2 years after entering into the Schengen space. We would like also to discuss broader context of cross-border relations and their dynamics to understand better current situation and possible future development.

Key words

Jeseník Region, cross-border cooperation, Czech and Polish border

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Research reports

Slovak geographical names and the translation traps (Stela Csachová)

pp. 51–56

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Distance decay function and its application in the territory of the Czech Republic (Marián Halás, Pavel Klapka)

pp. 57–60

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