Development of Critical thinking for successful future career: training programme for Kaliningrad region educators

Project duration: 2002

Project supported by:
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Lithuania

Project partners:
Youth Career and Advising Center, Lithuania
Chernyakhovsk Pedagogical College, Russia
Immanuel Kant State University of Russia (former Kaliningrad State University)

Project aims
  • To deliver to Kaliningrad region educators knowledge of critical thinking development and successful career planning.
  • To develop young people skills of critical thinking and lifelong learning, to help them adjust to ever changing society and successfully plan their professional career.
  • To strength international cooperation.
Project participants
22 pedagogues from Kaliningrad region education institutions.  

Project lecturers:
Daiva PENKAUSKIENE, director of Modern Didactics Center
assoc. prof. Valdone INDRASIENE, professor of Vilnius Pedagogical University
Zina BALTRENIENE, director of Youth Career and Advising Center
Asta RAILIENE, lecturer of Modern Didactics Center and Youth Career and Advising Center
Vejuna ROZUKIENE, lecturer of Youth Career and Advising Center

Project activities
Young generation is experiencing personal and social insecurity, uncertainty. Those problems create barrier for personal and professional career. The young people must be prepared to meet challenges of the changing world and information, not to get lost, if they have not succeed in one or another thing, be available to choose different ways and know how to do it.
In a period of political and economical transformations career education and guidance is more important than ever, in particular in the countries of the former Soviet Union and Central and Eastern Europe. Employers make ever-higher demands on their prospective employees: greater flexibility, enhanced availability, and the ability to cope with change. The developments in society are such that at various times in life everyone has to face major career changes. All this makes it necessary to develop critical thinking skills and new approach to career starting from the school.

On 27 September 2002 the first meeting of project coordinators and partners in Vilnius, Modern Didactics Center was held. During the meeting the following questions were discussed: course and stages of the project, date and place of pilot seminars, the way of participants' selection and other organizational aspects. 

On 28-29 October 2002 the first seminar at Chernyakhovsk Pedagogical College was organised.
Participants were acquainted with the conception of critical thinking and its significance in career planning. During the first day the critical thinking framework was presented; according this framework participants have to prepare a lesson plan and present it  to the group.
The second day was set on text analysis and environment for critical thinking development. At the end of the seminar got a homework - to plan and to lecture lesson/lecture according critical thinking framework.

On 21-22 November 2002 the second seminar at Chernyakhovsk Pedagogical College was organised.
At the first day participants presented homework, shared their feelings on lectured lessons, answered to colleagues' questions. Later the conception of career planning was presented, career planning possibilities in the process of education were discussed. A special attention was stressed on choice of profession as initial stage of a career planning.
On the second day participants have a possibility to apply acquired knowledge into practice: they analysed education programmes  and possibilities to integrate career planning into the process of education. Teachers planned they subject teaching lesson according critical thinking framework integrating into it information about carer planning and career seeking.

Project results
  • Kaliningrad region educators acquired knowledge and skills of critical thinking development and career planning.
  • The project was successful, because it meet expectations of participants and indicate the necessity and interest of such topic projects for educators. 
  • It was succeed to round an international team open to further communication and collaboration.



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