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Summing up of students' creativity education at Lithuanian (mother-tongue) language lessons research, 2012
The project Development of Creativity: Research and Methodology, implemented in 2011-2013, is associated with development of opportunities for creativity and creative thinking education at mother-tongue lessons at schools of general education. In order to prepare the methodology of creativity and creative thinking education at mother-tongue lessons it was necessary to perform multi-faceted situation analysis that will help to find optimal ways of effective mother-tongue teaching in the aspect of creativity and creative thinking. The complete situation analysis helped to highlight the failings in creativity education and envisage opportunities for improvement. There were carried out six surveys at five schools participating in the project: The survey of environment favorable for creative thinking; The analysis of mother-tongue education programs and training materials; The survey of students' views to creativity education at mother-tongue lessons; The survey of creativity and creative thinking teaching at mother-tongue lessons; The survey of teachers' approach to creative education at mother-tongue lessons; The analysis of students creative tasks. The results of these surveys were summed up in generalized conclusions; basing on them recommendations for creative education were formulated.
Summary of the survey
 
Research of the project "REACH: Promotion of innovative services and better access in continuous education" target group learning motivation, 2011
Implementing the Nordplus Adult project REACH - Promotion of Innovative Services and Better Access in Continuous Education, there was performed qualitative interview with representatives of target group (adults from vulnerable groups at different age, who do not participate or participate poor in life long learning activities) and adult educators about motivation to participate or not to participate in life long learning process, most appropriate forms of learning and information distribution channels. 
Research review, p.16-22 (EN)
 
Research of the project "DeTales – Digital Education Through Adult Learners EU-Enlargement Stories" target group education environment, IT competences and EU enlargement perception, 2011
Starting the project DeTales – Digital Education Through Adult Learners EU-Enlargement Stories there was performed the background survey based on five main topics related to EU history and enlargement: identity, enlargement, mobility, job market, citizen activities. The questionnaire included specific questions seeking to find the perception or the general knowledge about EU of the main target groups of the project. The questionnaires were distributed in all countries presented in the partnership: Italy, Germany, United Kingdom, Lithuania, Hungary, Bulgaria and Turkey.
Although the group of the respondents can be defined as extremely diverse, the majority of the answers on the most relevant topics are outlining very similar tendencies. As absolutely positive in the European context and for the achievement of the aims of the project can be defined the similarity of the answers exploring the way the respondents perceive their own identity in terms of the EU. They define Europe as a combination of cultures that exist independently and simultaneously influence each other creating a unit based on common cultural values and tolerance. This fact is strongly supported by the belief of the majority of the respondents that the EU should be open to all EU cultures, ideas and spirits, as well as by the willingness of the majority of the respondents to learn more about other European countries and cultures. The openness of the respondents to other cultures and values can also be seen by the increased levels of mobility especially from the side of the respondents coming from the old member-states. Lower are only the mobility levels on the labour market, as the most of the interviewees explain that wouldn’t move even if they find a better job somewhere else. That fact could easily be explained with the characteristics of the target group - low-skilled adults, seniors and mature employees – which are generally less likely to take risks and feel unconfident to move to another country.
the research shows relatively higher levels of EU citizens’ activity among the respondents, almost all of the interviewees are positive and or interested) in European values and cultures, which is also supported by the belief that the European expansion gives more power to the EU and its member-states.
Research report
 
Integration of critical thinking principles into the curriculum of Lithuania secondary schools, 2010
The goal of the research - to explore principles of critical thinking education in Lithuania, to analyze the expression of the principles of critical thinking education in the documents governing education and to explore assumptions for appliance of methods promoting critical thinking in the process of education. The objectives of the research: to induct educational politicians’ approach to critical thinking dimensions, significant for organization of teaching process; to highlight assumptions for critical thinking development in documents governing education; to verify empirically expression of appliance of methods for critical thinking teaching at RWCT basic schools; to compare attitudes of teachers and students' to appliance of methods for critical thinking development at the process of education.
The research supported by Open Society Institute Foundation (Zug).
  Research report
 
Moments of the research presentation at the Ministry of the Education and Science 22 June 2010
     

Review of the Reading and Writing for Critical Thinking (RWCT) Program, 2009
OSI’s Education Support Program (ESP), in charge of the Critical Thinking program, has decided to conduct a Critical Thinking Program Review (CTPR), a fact-finding exercise to document the impact of the RWCT program in the countries which have implemented the RWCT program. The review included all 28 countries that implemented the RWCT program with support from OSI in the period between 1997 and 2004. The review targeted two aspects: sustainability of the original RWCT Project outputs and outcomes and RWCT related developments that were initiated by in-country RWCT Program Directors and trainers. For data collection there were used document review, focus groups and interviews. Evaluation target groups were RWCT Teachers, University faculties, RWCT Trainers, RWCT in-country program partners.

Research of seniors' participation in training, 2009
Implementing the project "NORD+ Senior golden examples", research of training of seniors in Iceland, Norway and Lithuania was conducted. Project partners planned and created a questionnaire, which examines such questions as gender, age, still working or retired, needs and interests regarding training, barriers of participation in training, learning styles, reasons of participation in training, which kind of information of training best reaches the seniors, best places and times for training, spare time activities.
In each country 15 seniors filled in the questionnaire. In the target group there were persons both in employment and retired, and both active participants in training and those who do not participate, for one reason or another.
In Lithuania questionnaires was distributed in Trakai, Lazdijai, Pakruojis, Rietavas, Jurbarkas regions in Lithuania for 45 respondents. In focus groups participated 15 seniors: 7 from Vilnius town - actively participating in training and 8 from Trakai region - passively participating in training.
On the basis of the results there will be prepared advice and recommendations for the training of seniors – best methods and contents, ways to exclude the barriers of participation, and ways of motivation for training and lifelong learning.
Qualitative research results
Summary of focus groups

Research of pedagogical practice of students, participating in mobility program of the project “MIS / Docente Europeo: Move’in Science2”, 2009
Implementing the international project MIS / Docente Europeo: Move’in Science2 (134648–2007–IT–COMENIUS–CM) there were organized mobility program for 4-week pedagogical practice in project partner countries (Italy, Lithuania, Belgium, Slovakia, Romania, Germany). Students continuously monitored and assessed the progress of practice: they evaluate their satisfaction with mobility program, involvement into activities, possibilities to develop their as future teachers competences, preparation for lessons and lesson teaching, experience, gained during lessons observation at school and participation in scientific experiments.

Research of pedagogical practice of students, participating in mobility program of the project “MOST / Mobility Framework and Standard Development for Teachers”, 2005-2007
Implementing the international project “MOST / Mobility Framework and Standard Development for Teachers” (118340-CP-1-2004-1-BE-COMENIUS-C21) there were organized mobility program for 5-week pedagogical practice in project partner countries (Lithuania, Belgium, Malta, Spain, Norway, Sweden). In total 154 students participated in the program. Students, teachers-mentors, teachers continuously monitored and assessed the progress of practice. Survey data were used for development of the Beginning Teacher Standard. Project MOST student exchange program participants had an opportunity to improve their status as future teachers’ professional, social and other skills. During the practice students prepare portfolio of competences containing their own written self-assessments, mentor assessments, direct and indirect confirmations and evidence of competencies. The practice was assessed basing on professional, educational and social competencies changes. The main evaluation methods were double diary, portfolio and reflection.
Summary of the research

Research of effectiveness of programme "Students to Students", 2005
Performing the project "Students to Students Helping to Overcome Learning Difficulties" in 2004-2005, six schools of the Vilnius city implemented the programme "Students to Students". Pupils, led by teachers, helped their peers or younger friends during lessons or after school. There was constantly performed monitoring and evaluation of students' learning progress and satisfaction of learning. The project activities were discussed in meetings with school communities, teachers, parents.
Teachers and students involved in the project noticed the positive impact of the programme for teaching and learning. Students actually helped to each other, peer tutoring activities inspired them, it seemed meaningful and useful.
Teachers noticed improvement of students' behavior during the lesson: children actively engaged in learning activities, showed a systematic effort overcoming learning difficulties and their results have improved.
Evaluating outgivings of teachers, parents and students, it appears that many ideas of this project sounds new, they have to overcome the prevailing competition rules. On the other hand it was recognized that the project fosters communication and networking skills, promotes community understanding and tolerance.

Sociological survey "Corruption at Lithuania Higher Schools: Views, Problems and Ways of Solution, 2004
The survey was performed under the project "Preventing Corruption through Education, Information and Consciousness-raising. Component I - Preparation of the Anti-corruption Education Course for Higher Schools". The survey was focused mainly on a qualitative examination of corruption in higher education. Collected data leads to a better understand of teachers' and students' attitudes towards corruption and provides better opportunities for its prevention. Survey involved 90 teachers from ten high schools, 20 teachers and 25 students of the twenty-five high schools were interviewed.

Research "Needs of the Youth Leaders for Training", 2002
The research was performed under the project "Education of Youth Leaders".
Qualitative research was carried out in 6 various type youth organizations, such as Scouts, Youth Liberals, Youth Christian Democrats, Youth Centrists, Youth Conservatives and Youth Ateitininkai. More than 100 active participants of the youth organizations were interviewed. The results of the research revealed that respondents think youth leader’s ability to unite and motivate a team is the most important skill. Other important skills are planning and organizing, and accepting responsibility. Some other important skills, which had been mentioned, were coordination of personal and group interests, and organizing and leading the meetings. The sociological survey showed that the representatives of non-political organizations more often participate in different training than those of political organizations. Both, the representatives of political and non-political organizations, initiate and organize training themselves.

Analysis, expertise and sociologic survey of Lithuania Teacher Training Conception draft version, 2001
The expertise and sociologic survey of Lithuania Teacher Training Conception draft version was performed in commission of Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Lithuania.
The Teacher Training Conception was analysed in these aspects:
1. Conception's provisions adequacy to the documents regulating higher education and studies (A. Augustaitis, Lithuania University of Law);
2. Economical outcomes of the Conception implementation (R. Vaitkus, R. Norkienë, Department of Science and Studies of the Ministry of Education and Science);
3. Analysis of the Conception in the aspects of organization of pedagogical practices, content and methodology (V. Indrađienë, Vilnius Pedagogical University);
4. Conception's adequacy to teacher training tendencies in EU countries (B. Jeffery, Brunel University, United Kingdom).

The sociological study analysed the Conception's provisions from the point of view of  teacher training institutions and (supply-side dimension) and general education schools (demand-side aspect) and respondents opinion on the upcoming changes in teacher training models, curriculum, organization of pedagogical practices (T. Tamođiűnas G. Buţinskas, S. Ignatavičius, Sociology Laboratory of Vilnius Pedagogical University).


Survey of the Reading and Writing for Critical Thinking (RWCT) project, 1999
By the initiative of local coordinators the sociological survey was initiated in 1999 to evaluate the efficiency and improvement perspectives of the RWCT project in Lithuania.
The survey consisted of three pars:
1. Evaluation of the credit course “Critical Thinking Development through Various Disciplines” at Vilnius Pedagogical University.
2. The survey of the efficiency of “Reading and Writing for Critical Thinking” workshops for the teachers.
3. The survey of efficiency of the “Reading and Writing for Critical Thinking” project: case study at Vilnius S.Daukantas secondary school.
Summary of the survey
 

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