The study visits programme for education and vocational training specialists, part of the lifelong learning programme 2007-13 (LLP), is an initiative of the European Commission's Directorate-General for Education and Culture. Its objective is to support policy development and cooperation at European level in lifelong learning, notably in the context of the Lisbon process and the education and training agenda 2020 (E&T2020), as well as the Bologna and Copenhagen processes and their successors.

Modern Didactics Center was selected by the National Agency of Lithuania to organise the study visit CRED’o: Creative Education – Successful Generation
on 4-8 October 2010 in Vilnius.

Why?
Creativity, knowledge and access to information are recognised as powerful drivers of development and are highlighted in the main strategies of Lithuania's government and European Union. Vilnius is a good location as there are many different schools, with extensive and successful experience in developing and using innovative methods of training and education. Modern Didactics Center (MDC) has worked in the field of education since 1999 and has good and long-term relations with many schools. MDC's specialisation is developing innovative methods, including creative and critical thinking strategies and their application in the educational process. MDC has experience in organising national and international visits and courses, seminars and other events for learning and/or sharing best practices between different kinds of institutions and specialists in the education field. 

What? 
Participants have learned about:
• creative methods and tools used in teaching and learning;
• new approaches to students' assessment in schools;
• development of school culture;
• innovative programmes and projects at schools;
• school community cooperation models. 

How?
Participants have:
• visited a pre-primary school, public secondary schools and gymnasiums, including gymnasium of art and a vocational school;
• observed teachers in the classroom;
• met with school communities (teachers, pupils, other staff);
• participated in round table discussions on creativity development for all ages;
• shared good practices and examples. 

 


Study visit picture gallery
Participants presentations
Visit to international kindergarten "Saules gojus"
Vilnius Visit to Vilnius Vyturys primary school
Visit to Vilnius Simonas Daukantas basic school
Visit to Lentvaris Henrikas Senkevičius secondary school of Trakai region
Visit to Old Trakai Kęstučio basic school
Visit to Trakai art school
Visit to Vilnius design college
Visit to the Ministry of Education and Science
Evaluation of the visit
Vilnius impressions
Leisure time moments


Study visit participants

Peter van der BAAN
Netherlands
KPC Groep, Advisor

Besides a well organised and interesting programme the group processes and interaction between group members are of the utmost importance.

 
Hermann ROGOWSKI
Germany
Studienseminar für Lehrämter an Schulen Rheine, Fachleiter für Pädagogik

One of the most impressive features for me was to meet all of you and to experience how easy and productive work and life can be if the group is enthusiastic about what to achieve. Creativity is big field which must be worked on and with. I gave no solution about how to teach creatively but have learnt a lot about creativity.

 
Didier VARGUES
France
College Montjoie, Principal

I particularly appreciated the creative activities where children learn to be creative. You have to learn how to be creative.

 
Barbara KLEMM
Germany
District Government of Lower Franconia, Beratungslehrkraft

I have got new ideas for creativity. Friendly group.

 
Philippe PARRA
France
Lycee Emile Loubet, Vice head director

I saw there relaxed pupils who were ready to be creative. The best way to learn is to be creative. I will encourage my school staff and children to do more projects and be more relaxed and creative.

 
Louise DOLLINGS
United Kingdom
Brighton & Hove Children & Young People`s Trust, Literacy consultant

 
Christopher BATSTONE
United Kingdom
Creativity, Culture & Education, Schools programme manager

I have learned as much from group as did from the visit. Well structured week with high quality visits. Varied definitions of creativity seen have now made it harder to define what it is.

 
Georgeta BOLOJAN
Romania
Bucharest School Inspectorate, Inspector

Creativity is inside your mind and soul. It depends very much on the place and systems as to whether it is possible or not.

 
Francisco Toranzo LOPEZ
Spain
Delegacion Provincial de Education de Sevilla, Educational programmes adviser

 
Nil DUBAN
Turkey
Afyon Kocatepe University, Assist. Prof. Dr.

I am pleased that we were able to take lots of photos and videos which can be used working with student teachers in Turkey.

 
María Josefa LOBO VÍRSEDA 
Spain
Departament D`Educació Subdirecció General De Formació I Desenvolupament Del Personal Docent, Trainer, Advisor

I have learned a lot from this visit. I think student teachers need a lot of exposure to good practice examples, to see what is going on elsewhere. They much focus on theory and not enough time spent in classrooms.

 
Waldemar KRYJEWSKI 
Poland
Kuratorium Oswiaty w Poznaniu, Senior inspector

I see the importance of monitoring and evaluating of creative education. It would be good to construct a site where practitioners can go to read about good practice.

 

Study visit management team

Didzioji str. 5, LT-01128 Vilnius
Lithuania
tel., fax. + 370 5 212 3623
www.sdcentras.lt
     
Daiva Penkauskiene
MDC director
daiva.penkauskiene@sdcentras.lt
Asta Matonyte,
MDC programs and projects
coordinators assistant
asta.matonyte@sdcentras.lt
Jurgita Balaisiene
MDC administrator
jurgita.balaisiene@sdcentras.lt


  Study visit information

Programme

List of participants

Group report

Organizator's report (LT)

  Study visit links

Lithuania National Agency

International kindergarten "Saules gojus"

Vilnius Simonas Daukantas basic school

Vilnius Vyturys primary school

 Lentvaris Henrikas Senkevičius secondary school of Trakai region

 Old Trakai Kęstučio basic school

Trakai art school

Vilnius design college

  Education in Lithuania

 National summary sheets on education systems in Europe and ongoing reforms: Lithuania. Eurydice, 2009

 VET in Europe: Lithuania – country report. Cedefop, 2009

The educational system in Lithuania

The Ministry of Education and Science of The Republic of Lithuania

  Participants'  presentations

Development of creativity

 Creative education in Netherlands

 Education system in France

Romanian educational system

German school system

Creative education in Spain

Turkish educational system

Creative education in England

  Useful links on the topic

An interview with Sir Ken Robinson, one of the foremost experts in creativity, on Q TV

Creative Partnerships, UK

Creativity, Culture and Education, UK

  Useful links about Lithuania

Facts about Lithuania: Lithuanian internet gates

The Baltic times: Lithuania & Baltic news

15 reasons to visit Lithuania

Vilnius tourist information centre

Vilnius City Card

Vilnius in your pocket

Lithuania travel guide

Public transportation

  Nomination

In December 2011 the study visit CRED’o: Creative Education – Successful Generation was nominated by Education Exchanges Support Foundation (Lithuanian National Agency) as highest quality study visit organized during 2007-2011 in Lithuania.

 

This activity has been funded with support from the European Commission lifelong learning programme, that is administrating in Lithuania Republic by the Education Exchanges Support Foundation  
 

© Modern Didactics Center, 2010