The Institute of Education and Communication develops scientific and research activities in educational, psychological and other related branches of the social sciences. Academics examine particular topics focused on higher secondary education, vocational training, lifelong learning and guidance. Scientific activities respond to new pedagogical trends, current developments in the educational system in the Czech Republic, and the requirements of practice in educational institutions. IEC, besides traditional areas, deals also with topical issues. Among these belong, for example, new technologies in education, modern strategies in teaching and learning, lifelong learning of various target groups, professional and key competences, social and pedagogical aspects of learning and teaching or progress, and the effectiveness of the guidance process. In research work, IEC commits to the idea of green pedagogy, which places emphasis on interdisciplinary cooperation, highlights the importance of the environment for learning, and strives for a responsible, sustainable development of the individual and society.
Science and research is based on long-term cooperation with partner institutions, especially the network of cooperating secondary vocational schools and other educational institutions. IEC students and school teachers are also involved in the research projects.