This study serves as an introduction and preparatory study of a larger scale research. The aim of this paper is to present a lessknown field of pedagogy, hospital pedagogy, being approached from different aspects. Another aim of this work is to reveal its context in Hungary. After examining its current legal, institutional and constitutional aspects, the study focuses on the participants (hospital pedagogues, pupils and the most involved persons) and the special characteristics of the educational process. Then hospital pedagogy is examined as a branch of science, and the relation between hospital and special education is discussed. Finally, the study features the dilemmas of the planned research.
Keywords: hospital pedagogy, hospital pedagogues, hospital, school, Hungary, special education