XX Education Forum “Revealed Reality of Education and Practical Solutions for the Future”

In 2022, December 22 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. the Educational Forum “Revealed Reality of Education and Practical Solutions for the Future” will be held for the presentation of doctoral dissertations and post-doctoral studies in the field of education defended in 2022.

We are kindly invite representatives of educational sciences, researchers, PhD students, representatives of general education and higher education institutions, representatives of education and science policy, analysts, and all those who are interested in the changes in education policy and education, the quality of educational research, and the use of the results for decision-making and improvement of educational practice.

Date 22th of December
Time 10.00 a.m. – 6.00 p.m.
Place a remote event
Connecting links  https://zoom.us/j/82685018562?pwd=eFhSTC9JSHUyWDhrRTFHYVVZcTBpUT09  ( live broadcast)
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHxFzyS1l3eAxn-gXT4BHbQ
Moderators prof. dr. Liudmila Rupšienė, President of the Lithuanian Educational Research Association
prof. dr. Loreta Žadeikaitė, Chief Adviser, Department of Studies, Science and Technology, Ministry of Education
Forum programme
10.00–10.30 Introduction
Introduction prof. dr. Lilija Duoblienė, Chair of the Joint Doctoral Committee of Mykolas Romeris, Vilnius and Klaipėda Universities in Education
prof. dr. Romualdas Malinauskas, Chair of the Joint Doctoral Committee on Education of Lithuanian Sport, Kaunas University of Technology and Vilnius University
prof. dr. Vilma Žydžiūnaitė, Chair of the Doctoral Committee in Education, Vytautas Magnus University
10.30–12.00 I session
Moderators dr. Eglė Pranckūnienė, Researcher, Klaipėda University
dr. Lina Bairašauskienė, Lecturer, Mykolas Romeris University
10.30–11.00 dr. Aušra Kolbergytė, “Executive Self-Development in the Context of Organisational Change: Experiences of Transformative Learning and Conscious Personal and Professional Growth”
Supervisor dr. Valdonė Indrašienė, Professor, Mykolas Romeris University
11.00–11.30 dr. Sandra Kairė, “We Rise like an Ocean”: the Learner’s Relationship to Education in the Anthropocene Epoch”
Supervisor dr. Irena Stonkuvienė, Associate Professor, Vilnius University
11.30–12.00 dr Julija Tuleikytė, “Paulo Freire and Zygmunt Bauman: Education as (De)Humanisation”
Supervisor dr. Lilija Duoblienė, Professor at Vilnius University
12.00–13.30 II session
Moderators dr. Odeta Merfeldaitė, Professor, Mykolas Romeris University
dr. Auksė Petruškevičiūtė, Associate Professor, Vytautas Magnus University
12.00–12.30 dr. Simona Daniutė, “Relationship Between Phonological Coping Strategies and Evidence-Based Speech Therapy Practice”
Supervisor dr. Lina Miltenienė, Associate Professor, Vytautas Magnus University
12.30–13.00 dr. Ingrida Mereckaitė-Kušleikė, “Development of Lithuanian Language and Other Subject skills of Primary School Pupils Using Integrated Education Models”
Supervisor dr. Daiva Jakavonytė-Staškuvienė, Professor, Vytautas Magnus University
13.00–13.30 dr. Oksana Mockaitytė-Rastenienė, “A Framework for Teaching Mathematical Reasoning to Primary School Students”
Supervisor dr. Vitalija Grabauskienė, Associate Professor, Vilnius University
13.30–15.00 III session
Moderators dr. Irena Stonkuvienė, Associate Professor, Vilnius University
dr. Daiva Penkauskienė, Associate Professor, Mykolas Romeris University
13.30–14.00 dr. Giedrė Sujetaitė-Volungevičienė, “The Formation of Children’s Early Emotional Regulation in Play Activities”
Supervisor dr. Milda Brėdikytė, Associate Professor, Vytautas Magnus University
14.00–14.30 dr. Tetiana Ponomarenko, “Teachers’ Lived Experience of Professional Agency”
Supervisor dr. Vilma Žydžiūnaitė, Professor, Vytautas Magnus University
14.30–15.00 Rasa Kulevičienė, “Conscious Reflection on Learning: a Constructivist Grounded Theory of Empowering Primary School Students to Reflect on Learning in Lithuanian Language Classes” (dissertation  defence date:  28.12. 2022)
supervisor dr. Liudmila Rupšienė, Professor at Klaipėda University
15.00–16.30 IV session 
Moderators dr. Raimonda Brunevičiūtė, Professor, Lithuanian University of Health Sciences
dr. Rita Petkevičienė, Associate Professor, Vilnius University
15.00–15.30 dr. Irma Liubertienė, “Educational Factors for Children’s Well-being at School: the Voice of Teachers”
Supervisor dr. Sergejus Neifachas, Associate Professor, Vytautas Magnus University
15.30–16.00 dr. Vaiva Balčiūnienė, “Students’ body image and educational possibilities of its correction”
Supervisor dr. Rasa Jankauskienė, Professor, Lithuanian University of Sport
16.00–16.30 dr. Birutė Vytytė, “Liberté vs securité ir autocratie: grounded theory on stereotyping as a challenge in digital game-based visual arts learning”
Supervisor  dr. Ona Monkevičienė, Professor,  Vytautas Magnus University
V session
Moderator dr. Daiva Jakavonytė-Staškuvienė, Professor, Vytautas Magnus University
dr. Rasa Mikalonytė, “The integral impact of the methodology of games on a reduced area of the field on the training of young handball players: orientation of physical and technical abilities to sports excellence”
Supervisor  dr. Rūtenis Paulauskas, Professor,  Vytautas Magnus University
Conclusion  Prof. dr. Liudmila Rupšienė, President of the Lithuanian Educational Research Association
Prof. dr. Loreta Žadeikaitė, Chief Adviser, Department of Studies, Science and Technology, Ministry of Education
Contact information

e-mail: [email protected], tel. 8 686 39 529;
e-mail: [email protected], tel. 8 686 21 364.

About Key- Note Speakers

Rasa Mikalonytė – graduate of Varėna “Oak” gymnasium (2011). In 2015, she graduated from the Lithuanian University of Educational Sciences with a Bachelor’s Degree in Sport, and in 2017 – a Master’s Degree in Sport. In 2022, she defended her dissertation in the field of social sciences (educational sciences) at Vytautas Magnus University (VMU) on the topic “The Integral Effect of the Methodology of Playing in a Reduced Court Area on the Training of Young Female Handball Players: the Orientation of the Physical and Technical Abilities Towards Sports Excellence”.

Rasa is a lecturer at VMU, a senior researcher at the Sports Science Research Laboratory of the VMU Academy of Education, and a teacher of Physical Education at the VMU Lyceum “Sokratus”.

Rasa is also active in sports and has represented Lithuania at the European Handball Championships in Serbia, where she was twice awarded the best player of the match (2009); she was a member of the Lithuanian junior and women’s national handball teams, and won a bronze medal at the Lithuanian Women’s Handball Championships (2011).

Her scientific interests are in the field of sports games: handball, coaching, sports.

Birutė Vitytė on the 23th of  March in 2022 defended a dissertation “Liberté vs securité and autocratie: Grounded Theory on Stereotyping as a Challenge to Digital Game-Based Learning in the Visual Arts”. Birutė is a lecturer at Vytautas Magnus University, a junior researcher, a developer of pre-school content materials for the National Education Agency, and a member of the Lithuanian Educational Research Association.

She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Education from Klaipėda University and a Master’s degree in Education from Vilnius Pedagogical University.

Her research interests include digital game-based education, preschool and pre-school education, visual arts education.

Dr. Aušra Kolbergytė is a researcher at Mykolas Romeris University’s Lifelong Learning Laboratory and a lecturer at the Institute of Education and Social Work. She has been theoretically and practically interested in various personality development practices and the context of transformative self-education for about 15 years.

in 2016 defended her doctoral thesis “Adult Self-Education as Transformative Education”, in which the phenomenon of self-education is revealed on physical, mental, spiritual and social levels.

Aušra devoted the last couple of years to the post-doctoral project “Self-education of managers in the context of organizational changes: experiences of transformative education and conscious personal and professional growth”, and prepared a monograph based on this project. The study was funded by the European Social Fund under measure no. 09.3.3-LMT-K-712 “Education of competences of scientists, other researchers and students through practical scientific activities”.

Areas of research interests: self-development, awareness development, emotional intelligence, spiritual healing, personal effectiveness and change, lifelong learning, adult education.

Dr. Ingrida Mereckaitė-Kušleikė on 29th of  November in 2022 defended her dissertation in social sciences, education at Vytautas Magnus University on the topic “Development of Lithuanian Language and Other Subject Skills of Primary School Students Using Integrated Education Models”. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Educational Sciences and a qualification as a primary school teacher from the Lithuanian University of Educational Sciences, and later a Master’s degree in Educational Management and Leadership.

Ingrida works as a lecturer in the International Baccalaureate Early Childhood Programme at Vytautas Magnus University, as a teacher in the international Lithuanian-Israeli gifted children programme, as a methodologist in the Educational Content Development Unit of the National Education Agency, as an author of the general curricula, as a developer of methodological materials, and as a specialist in the Digital Content Unit of the project “EdTech”. Research interests – primary education, pre-school education, integrated education, language skills development.

Simona Daniutė defended her dissertation in the field of Educational Sciences at Vilnius University Šiauliai Academy in 2022 on the topic “The Links Between the Applied Strategies for Coping with Phonological Disorders and Evidence-Based Speech Therapy Practice”. Lecturer at the Academy of Education of Vytautas Magnus University, junior researcher. She also has practical experience in providing speech therapy support to preschool and (pre)school children (qualification category – methodologist speech therapist). Simona is actively involved in various professional activities, publishes articles in scientific journals, and gives presentations nationally and internationally. She is a member of the Council of the Lithuanian Speech and Language Therapy Association (LLA).

Her research interests include speech and language disorders; evidence-based speech therapy practice.

Giedrė Sujetaitė-Volungevičienė on the 15th of  September in  2022  defended her dissertation “The Formation of Children’s Early Emotional Regulation in Play Activities” at Vytautas Magnus University, Academy of Education.

She holds a Master’s degree in Early Childhood Studies from Oxford Brookes University (UK) in 2013 and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Mykolas Romeris University in 2012.

Since 2019. Giedrė is the founder and head of education at the kindergarten “Houses of Stories” CSC . Until 2019, she was a junior researcher at the Play Research Laboratory of Vytautas Magnus University Academy of Education (formerly Lithuanian University of Education).

Research interests – optimal child development, self-regulation, emotional self-regulation, play and learning, narrative play, positive psychology and education, cultural-historical theory of development, cultural child development.

Rasa Kulevičienė will defend her dissertation in the field of social sciences education at Klaipėda University on 28 December 2022 on the topic “Conscious Reflection on Learning: a Constructivist Grounded Theory of Empowering Primary School Students to Reflect on Learning in Lithuanian Language Lessons”. Rasa lecturer at the Department of Pedagogy, Faculty of Business, Klaipėda State College, member of the Lithuanian Educational Research Association.

Research interests – language education of primary school students, reflexive learning.

Julija Tuleikytė – Lecturer at Vilnius University. In 2006 she volunteered at Namatanda Teacher Training College in Mozambique. In 2017 she defended her dissertation in philosophy of humanities on “The Problem of Adiaphorisation in the Social Philosophy of Zygmunt Bauman”.She worked in schools for 4 years, in 2018 she graduated from the pedagogical studies without a degree. “Paulo Freire and Zygmunt Bauman: Education as (de)humanisation” (project co-funded by the European Social Fund (project No. 09.3.3-LMT-K-712-19-0227) under a grant agreement with the Lithuanian Research Council (LRC)).

Research interests – social philosophy, critical pedagogy, globalisation. 

Sandra Kairė defended her doctoral dissertation in the field of education in 2018, which was awarded a letter of commendation in the 2019 Lithuanian Academy of Sciences competition for the best scientific works of young scientists and doctoral students.In the period 2020-2022, she carried out a postdoctoral fellowship “We Rise Like the Ocean: the Learner’s Relationship to Education in the Anthropocene Epoch”. Since 2021 she is the Director of the Institute of Educational Sciences at Vilnius University.

Her research interests include intercultural education, experiential learning, youth activism and education, children of the Anthropocene and their learning, visuality and education, and phenomenological and image-based research in education.

Vaiva Balčiūnienė on the 27 of May in 2022 defended her doctoral dissertation in the field of social sciences, educational sciences, on the topic “Students’ Body Image and the Educational Possibilities of its Correction” at the Lithuanian University of Sport. The dissertation was supervised by prof. dr. Rasa Jankauskienė, scientific advisor doc. dr. Miglė Bacevičienė. Vaiva is a lecturer at the Department of Physical and Social Education, Lithuanian University of Sport, a member of the Lithuanian University of Sport research group “Motivation for Physical Activity”, a lecturer at the Department of Medical Technologies and Dietetics, Kaunas College of Medicine.

Her research interests include body image and physical activity in young people, lifestyle research and motivation for physical activity in young populations, and research on the effectiveness of health education and health promotion programmes.

Irma Liubertienė on the 29 of September in 2022 “Educational Factors Creating Children’s Well-being at School: the Voice of Teachers”. In her dissertation, she delved into the concept of children’s well-being and the modelling of contexts of its expression in school. The study reveals a predictive model for the creation(s) of children’s well-being in school from the perspective of educational factors.

Irma is actively involved in national and international presentations, is a member of the Council of the Lithuanian Association for Social Emotional Education, and is the coordinator of the International Society for Emotional Intelligence in Lithuania.

Her research interests include well-being at school, social and emotional education, emotional intelligence.

Tetiana Ponomarenko on the 21th of  June in  2022 defended her doctoral thesis “The Lived Experience of Teacher’s Professional Agency”.The dissertation deals with the lived experience of teachers’ professional agency. Since 2019 Tetiana has been teaching at the Vytautas Magnus University Academy of Education, where she is the head of the programme of  Conterminious Pedagogy.

Her research interests are teacher well-being, trust, professional agency,  primary education.

Oksana Mockaitytė-Rastenienė on the 27th of  June in 2022  defended her dissertation “The System of Learning Mathematical Reasoning in Primary School Students” at Vytautas Magnus University.

For more than 20 years O. Mockaitytė- Rastenienė has worked as a primary school teacher for more than 20 years. Since 2018, she has been an assistant professor at the Institute of Educational Sciences, Faculty of Philosophy, Vilnius University.

In the 2019 ESF project “I create, build, discover maths with Lego” O. Mockaitytė-Rastenienė was a consultant and activity developer for this project. The project was evaluated and awarded as the most innovative and relevant European Union Structural Funds investment project in the “European Sails 2019” competition organised by the Ministry of Finance.

Dr. O. Mockaitytė-Rastenienė’s master’s thesis “Development of Logical Accuracy of Mathematical Reasoning in Primary Grades” was awarded the diploma of the laureate of the Lithuanian Academy of Sciences Higher School Students’ Scientific Works Award in 2016.

Research interests: visualisation of mathematical education, learning of mathematical reasoning, digitisation of mathematical content, didactics of mathematics, education of primary school students, education of gifted children, childhood digitisation technologies, organisation of education of primary school students.