Creativity: Research and Methodology
Project duration - 2011-2013
Project is financed by the European Social Fund and the
budget of the Republic of Lithuania.
Coordinator - Education Centre of Kaunas District
The Modern Didactics Centre
Domeikava gymnasium of Kaunas District
Vydūnas secondary school of Klaipeda
Onuskis secondary school of Trakai district
Siesikai secondary school of Ukmerge district
Geroji Viltis secondary school of Vilnius
This project aims to contribute to systematic approach of creativity development at school, starting with the Lithuanian language and literature classes. The essence of the project - to encourage development of creative thinking, which allows to improve the thinking in the right direction and should become a universal aspiration.
|To perform the research of the status of creative thinking education, to create the methodology, education and methodical materials of creative thinking and disseminate them at the national level.
|Project participants and target groups
|Primary school teachers, teaching Lithuanian language,
Lithuanian language teachers of basic schools and gymnasiums and
The research of creative thinking education environment at school
The study of favorable environment is one of the key components of
creativity education. To develop an appropriate research instrument,
initially it was analyzed and summarized similar studies in
Lithuania and abroad, then developed and described the original
survey instrument. The interview of teachers and school
administration revealed the general panorama of creativity
education in Lithuania and showed how many and what opportunities
have Lithuanian language teachers.
The analysis of education programs and training materials
There has been prepared the unified methodology of analysis and
basing on it training materials available and use in 4th, 8th and
11th grades analyzed at project partners schools. Analysis has
answered the question - how and to what degree creativity is
stimulate in education programs and training materials, how much
attention is paid for it. This analysis helped to evaluate
critically available materials and became a valuable source of
information for developers of new programs and training materials.
There has been prepared the methodology of lessons observation and
lessons have been observed at 4th, 8th and 11th grades classes. The
data have been summarized and compared. The data allowed to drawn
conclusions how creative thinking is realized during Lithuanian
language lessons in practice.
A qualitative study
The first part of the study - interviewing of teachers. The study
aimed to examine 4th, 8th and 11th grades teachers' attitudes towards
creativity education situation, conditions and assumptions at native
language classes. Students have made in writing creative activities
that have been analyzed to find out how students think and how their
thinking is reflected in the performance of tasks, what are the
similarities, differences and general tendencies at 4th, 8th, 11th
of the survey
Development of creativity education methodology
It will be a methodology common for all classes, providing practical
examples from various educational concentres (primary, basic and
gymnasium). It will be a tool for successful application of
creativity techniques and strategies in reading, writing,
discussion, improvising during the Lithuanian language and
literature lessons. Methodology will be tested during workshops and
lessons and feedback will help to improve it for the final version.
Developed creativity education methodology will be presented in 10
The carried out creativity education status will became the basis of
original creativity education methodology for Lithuanian language
lessons. The methodology will cover the various different sectors
and provide educational materials, which will be applicable at all
levels of education.
Project products will be available to all schools in Lithuania.
Survey results, methodology, educational materials for students and
teachers will be available to all teachers on the web. Project
partner organizations will be responsible for the dissemination and
continuation of the project. Creativity education methodology will
be implemented in schools participating in the project. Developed
research methodology and tools will become a model for
creativity education analysis, implementation and development in
other educational programs. Also there is a possibility to develop a
qualification improvement program for teachers.