Mariola Tracz

Articles

The impact of COVID-19 on education in Poland: Challenges related to distance learning

Adam Hibszer, Mariola Tracz

Geographia Polonica (2021) vol. 94, iss. 3, pp. 397-411 | Full text
doi: https://doi.org/GPol.0211

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Abstract:

The spread of COVID-19 all over the world triggered major changes in the organization of the education in many countries. Governments have adopted various solutions to reduce the disruption caused to education.This article, which is based on survey research (N=246) conducted among teachers in various types of schools in Poland, provides an analysis of the solutions in the field of distance learning and the organization of learning process during lockdown. The results show that teachers encountered a number of difficulties in distance learning. They concerned, among others: lack of access among certain students to computers, insufficient competences of teachers to teach remotely, work organization, and the fact that students were bored with this learning form. The advantages included, among others: increasing digital competences and developing new forms of assessing students’ knowledge.

Keywords: COVID-19 risk impact, education, e-learning, school, Poland

Adam Hibszer [adam.hibszer@us.edu.pl], Institute of Social and Economic Geography and Spatial Management, Faculty of Natural Sciences University of Silesia in Katowice Będzińska 60, 41-200 Sosnowiec: Poland
Mariola Tracz [mtracz-62@o2.pl], Polish Geography Society, Branch in Cracow Podchorążych 2, 30-084 Krakow: Poland

Profile of tourists visiting cultural heritage cities: Comparative study of selected cities in Central Europe

Mariola Tracz, Małgorzata Bajgier-Kowalska

Geographia Polonica (2019) vol. 92, iss. 4, pp. 455-468 | Full text
doi: https://doi.org/10.7163/GPol.0159

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The aim of this paper is to explore the profile of tourists visiting Budapest, Prague and Warsaw. These cities were selected for their rich cultural heritage and change in volume of tourism in recent years. Survey data(N = 550) and statistical data on tourist volume were used to show similarities and differences in tourist characteristics in terms of socio-demographics and purpose of travel. The study concluded that most tourists visiting these cities are from Western Europe. The main purpose of travel is associated with cultural tourism offerings and entertainment. The study results help understand impact of city tourism development strategies on the tourist profile.

Keywords: capital cities, cultural heritage cities, tourist profile, urban tourism, Central and Eastern Europe

Mariola Tracz [mtracz-62@o2.pl], Polish Geography Society, Branch in Cracow Podchorążych 2, 30-084 Krakow: Poland
Małgorzata Bajgier-Kowalska [malbajkow@interia.pl], Faculty of Law, Administration and International Relations Department of International Tourism and Social Geography Andrzej Frycz Modrzewski Kraków University Gustawa Herlinga-Grudzińskiego 1, 30-705 Kraków: Poland