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XXXI Educational Forum “Ethical Publication of Research Results – Mission (Im)possible?”.
We are kindly remind you, that the XXXI Educational Forum “Ethical Publication of Research Results – Mission (Im)Possible?” will take place tommorow, 22 February, from 3.00–5.00 p.m.
Do you know how to ethically cite Chat GPT articles and other publications? Is it possible to publish the text of a dissertation in parts in articles? Is it compulsory to acknowledge the dissertation supervisor as a co-author of articles written from the dissertation material? Is it ethical to publish articles only in foreign languages? These and similar questions will be discussed at the XXXI Education Forum, which will take place on 22 February, 3.00 -5.00 p.m. 1 via distance learning.
The keynote speech will be given by dr. Loreta Tauginienė (Research Ethics and Scientific Integrity Expert, Vice President of the European Network of Scientific Integrity Services, Member of the Advisory Board of the French Scientific Integrity Service. Ethics Management Expert (Expert/Consultant to the European Commission, Council of Europe, Member of Advisory Boards of international projects). The discussion will be attended by the editors-in-chief of three scientific journals: assoc. prof. Vaida Jurgilė (associate professor of Vytautas Magnus University, editor-in-chief of the scientific journal “Pedagogika”), assoc. prof. Irena Stonkuvienė (associate professor of Vilnius University, editor-in-chief of the scientific journal “Acta Paedagogica Vilnensia”), prof. dr. Irena Žemaitaitytė (professor of Mykolas Romeris University, editor-in-chief of the scientific journal “Social Welfare Studies”). Jurgita Virbalė (representative of the Doctoral Students’ Network, PhD student) will also participate in the forum as the “voice of doctoral students”, who will voice the questions collected from LETA doctoral students. The forum will be moderated by prof. dr. Liudmila Rupšienė and dr. Eglė Pranckūnienė.
We are kindly invite education and training researchers, postgraduates, doctoral students, university lecturers, education and social policy makers, representatives of scientific associations and NGOs, and all those who are interested in publishing the results of their research to participate.
Dr. Loreta Tauginienė/Photo by Kęstutis Vanagas
About Key-note speaker
Dr. Loreta TAUGINIENĖ. Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Academic Ethics. Research Supervisor in the PhD programme “School, Education, Society, and Culture” at the University of Helsinki (Finland). Co-author(s) and co-publisher(s) of about 40 research papers. Research interests: research ethics, scientific integrity, citizen science, university social responsibility.
Vice President of the European Network of Scientific Integrity Services. Member of the Advisory Board of the French Office of Scientific Integrity. Expert in ethics management (e.g. expert/consultant to the European Commission, Council of Europe, member of advisory boards of international projects).
L. Tauginiene’s dissertation “Social Responsibility in the Management of University Research Activities” (supervisor: Prof. Dr. Nijolė Vasiljevienė), defended in 2013 at Mykolas Romeris University, was awarded by the Baltic University Programme as one of the best in the field of Sustainable Development (honorary recognition).
|3.00p.m. – 5.00 p.m.
Dr. Eglė Pranckūnienė, President of LERA
|The Researcher as Author and Reviewer: What do you Need to Know?
Dr. Loreta Tauginienė, Vice President of the European Network of Scientific Integrity Services, Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Academic Ethics
|associate professor Vaida Jurgilė (PhD, Associate Professor at Vytautas Magnus University, Editor-in-Chief of the scientific journal “Pedagogika”);
assoc. prof. dr. Irena Stonkuvienė ( Associate Professor, Vilnius University, Editor-in-Chief of the scientific journal “Acta Paedagogica Vilnensia”);
prof. dr. Irena Žemaitaitytė ( Professor at Mykolas Romeris University, Editor-in-Chief of the scientific journal “Social Welfare Research”);
PhD. Jurgita Virbalė (University of Ioannina, Greece; SMK Graduate School).
|prof. dr. Liudmila Rupšienė, dr. Eglė Pranckūnienė
Dialogue Lab 2024. The Prestige of the Teaching Profession 2025: Are We Getting Closer or Further Away?
We are kindly invite to register and mark 27 March 2024 in your calendars. On that day, for the third time in Lithuania, the “Dialogue Lab 2024: The Prestige of the Teaching Profession 2025: Are We Moving Closer or Further Away?” will take place in a unique format on education policy and practice.
We bring together education practitioners (teachers, educators), education administrators (school leaders), education policy makers, academics, doctoral students and researchers for a dialogue.
The Dialogue Lab provides an opportunity to collaborate, share knowledge, raise uncomfortable questions and generate futuristic ideas. This event format creates a sense of community, energy and authorship of new thinking and identity that emerges from the discussions and contributes to the process of shaping, embedding, sustained interest and co-creation of advanced practices.
The Dialogue Lab is not a meeting with presentations only “up front”, with participants sitting passively in chairs. It is not a consultation on the documents produced, proposing amendments. The format of this year’s Dialogue Lab 2024 will surprise participants – the pace, the exchange of ideas, the generation of evidence, the modelling of good practice – such exciting collaborative and know-how-based work awaits in the activity and adoption sessions.
The Dialogue Lab is an opportunity for practitioners, administrators, policy makers and researchers to create dialogue and polylogue through the sharing of best practice evidence-based experiences and practice-based design.
From a broader perspective, the Dialogue Lab opens up a broader discussion on how the concerns under discussion can be understood and addressed in research design, education policy and practice.
The event is organised by the Institute of Educational Research, Academy of Education, Vytautas Magnus University.
Information from the Institute of Educational Research, Vytautas Magnus University Academy of Education.
11 of February is the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, celebrated worldwide. It highlights the importance of science and gender equality in achieving the internationally agreed Sustainable Development Goals. The day has been celebrated since 2015, when the United Nations adopted a resolution in the General Assembly to designate 11 February as the International Day of Women and Girls in Science in order to ensure the full and equal participation of women and girls in science, to accelerate the implementation of gender equality and to increase women’s participation in science.
We need to have constancy and, above all, self-confidence. We must believe that we are gifted at something (Marie Curie).
Congratulations to the new PhD Donata Lisaitė on the successful defence of her doctoral dissertation English as a Foreign Language in the Context of Integrated Subject and Foreign Language Learning: Effective Task Design for Students’ Fluency (Education Sciences (S 007), supervisors – prof. dr. Brigita Janiūnaitė (Kaunas University of Technology, Social Sciences, Education, S 007) and prof. dr. Tom F. H. Smiths (University of Antwerp, Belgium, Social Sciences, Education, S 007)), and obtained a doctor degree of Social Sciences in the field Education.
The dissertation is available at:
Kaunas University of Technology Library ( 50 Gedimino St , Kaunas)
The dissertation is available at:
A brief annotation of the dissertation is presented below:
Fluency is one of the most frequently expressed aspirations when learning a foreign language. Changes in the tradition of language pedagogy have led to more effective ways of teaching languages. At the end of the 20th century, task-based language teaching (TBLT) was proposed.
The main research question is: Which task design in the context of content-based instruction (CBI) is most effective for achieving fluency in English as a foreign language (EFL) writing? A quasi-experiment was conducted to test which criteria of the task as a construct are conducive to achieving writing fluency; the criteria proposed by Ellis and Shintani (2014) for defining a task were chosen as the basis for the task design. Data were collected and analysed using the keystroke logging tool Inputlog; quantitative (i.e. metadata of keystrokes made by participants) and qualitative (i.e. written texts as products) data were collected. The study included 121 participants from three study programmes. The quantitative analysis was carried out on the basis of metadata generated by the Inputlog tool. Based on descriptive statistics, similar trends were found in all the study programmes in terms of fluency as a product (i.e. text length and production rate) and fluency as a process (i.e. P-flow length, pause time). Statistical analysis revealed that the task design criterion Gap is crucial for fluency, but statistical analysis did not confirm that the task structure criterion Meaning focus is favourable for fluency.
Congratulations to the new PhD Paulina Palujanskienė on successfully defending her doctoral dissertation “The Expression of Educational Factors of Sports Service in the Context of a Learning Organisation” (Education Sciences (S 007), scientifc supervisor – prof. dr. Biruta Švagždienė) and on obtaining the degree of doctor of Social Sciences in the field of Educational Sciences.
The dissertation is available at the Lithuanian University of Sport, 6 Sporto St, Kaunas.
A brief annotation is presented below:
The object of the research is the expression of educational factors of sports service in the context of school as a learning organisation. The aim of the study is to determine the peculiarities of the expression of educational factors of sports service in the context of a school as a learning organisation.
The reseach objectives: 1) To theoretically justify the aspects of the development of the school as a learning organisation; 2) To theoretically justify the aspects of the development of the educational factors of the sports service in the school; 3) To reveal the theoretical assumptions of the interaction between the development of the educational factors of the sports service and the school as a learning organisation; 4) To identify the empirically based peculiarities of the development of the school as a learning organisation and the development of the educational factors of the sports service; and 5) To reveal the theoretical assumptions of the interaction between the development of the educational factors of the sports service and the practical assumptions of the interaction between the sports service and the school as a learning organisation.
On the basis of the problematic questions the dissertation provides research results (hypotheses). Schools actively apply the principles of a learning organisation in their activities, thus schools act as learning organisations; H2. Pupils care about the content of the sports services organised at school and their own or other pupils’ well-being during them; parents’ opinions are important to pupils, but do not have the final influence on their decisions; H3. Strengthening the characteristics of a learning organisation in a school is linked to a change in the potential of the educational factors of the sports service.
Dissertation Defense Council:
Chairperson – prof. dr. Vilija Fominienė (Lithuanian University of Sport, Social Sciences, Education, S 007);
prof. dr. Saulius Šukys (Lithuanian University of Sports, Social Sciences, Education, S 007);
Associate prof. dr. Lauras Grajauskas (Vilnius University, Social Sciences, Education, S 007);
dr. Edita Štuopytė (Kaunas University of Technology, Social Sciences, Education, S 007);
Assoc. prof. dr. Krzysztof Piech (Józef Piłsudski Academy of Physical Education in Warsaw, Biala Podlaska Branch, Social Sciences, Sociology, S 005).
To educate is to transmit culture and prepare people to participate creatively in it – not only to consume the goods of culture properly, but also to enhance them. And so the circle goes round and round: culture – man – culture (Meilė Lukšienė).
Happy Education Day!
On 18 January this year, the event “Educology for Lithuania: Presentation of Doctoral Dissertations Defended in 2023” was organised by the Ministry of Education, Science, and Sport and LERA. The Minister of Education, Science, and Sport Gintautas Jakštas, the Chair of the Joint Doctoral Consortium Committee of Vilnius University, Klaipėda University and Mykolas Romeris University of Education prof. dr. Lilija Duoblienė, the Chair of the Joint Doctoral Consortium Committee of Vilnius University, Klaipėda University and Mykolas Romeris University prof. dr. Lina Kaminskienė, the Chancellor of the Academy of Education of the Vytautas Magnus University, gave the welcome speech ( video at: https://lera.lt/leta_files/2024/01/2024-01-17%20EDU_final.mp4). PhDs and post-docs who have defended their PhDs in 2023 shared their latest discoveries the event programme here: https://lera.lt/wp-content/uploads/2024/01/SMSM_kvietimas.pdf). The event was moderated by Agnė Liucilė Grickevičė (Adviser to the Minister of the Ministry of Education and Science of Lithuania), prof. dr. Liudmila Rupšienė (President of LERA), dr. Jolanta Navickaitė (Director of the Department of Education and Science Lithuana), prof. dr. Lina Kaminskienė (Vice-President of LERA), dr. Agnė Kudarauskienė (Deputy Minister of Lithuania), and dr. Eglė Pranckūnienė (Vice President of LERA). All the studies presented were relevant and interesting. Such a treasure trove of Educational Research only proves the usefulness of Educational Research for scientists, education policy makers, practitioners, researchers, and society.
On 18th of January in 2024, from 10.00 a.m. to 16.30 p.m. we are kindly invite you to participate in the event “Education for Lithuania: Presentation of Doctoral Dissertations Defended in 2023”. The event will take place at the Ministry of Education, Science and Sport, in the Education Commission Hall. The event is open to the public. Participation is possible without prior registration, at any convenient time. The event is organised by the Ministry of Education, Science, and Sport and the Lithuanian Educational Research Association (LERA).
The event programme is available here:
Education for Lithuania: Presentation of Doctoral Dissertations Defended in 2023
We are kindly remind you to become LERA members.
LERA Annual Membership 2024
We kindly invite you to become members of LERA for the year 2024. The goal of LERA is to bring together Lithuanian educational research specialists, to combine their efforts in improving educational research, implementing and promoting advanced education and training experience, and expanding analogous relations with international organizations. LERA membership is annual, the number of members is constantly changing. It usually reaches over 300 members by the end of the calendar year. As of 04/04/2023, 19 LERA networks are operating. As a member of the networks, you will participate in their interesting activities. LERA is a member of EERA, WERA. LERA doctoral students and members participate not only in the LERA conference, but also in the EERA and WERA conferences. LERA is a member of Liedm, so being a member of LERA you will be able to participate in trainings offered by Liedm.
Become a member of LERA and new opportunities will open up for you!
LERA members can be citizens of the Republic of Lithuania and foreigners, permanently residing in the Republic of Lithuania, who have reached the age of 18, who recognize the statutes of LERA, actively participate in educational research and pay the set membership fees of LERA. You can familiarize yourself with the LERA statutes here: LERA Statutes. You can familiarize yourself with the LERA membership fee payment procedure here: LERA membership fee payment procedure. LERA membership is annual: from January 1 of the current year. until December 31 In order for the annual membership to take effect, it is necessary to register and perform the indicated steps. The registration form is here: https://lera.lt/produktas/leta-naryste-2024-metams/.
LERA’s annual membership fee is 20 euros (10 euros for doctoral students and teachers working in higher education institutions who do not have a doctoral degree). Seniors are not required to pay a membership fee, but can do so voluntarily.
LERA membership certificates will be issued in 2024.
More detailed information about LERA annual membership and payments here: https://lera.lt/naryste/
We are kindly invite everyone to read the new publication “LERA History”, which is available in the LERA History section: https://lera.lt/apie-leta/leta-istorija/. We would like to express our sincere thanks to dr. Sandrita Škėrienė for collecting the material and writing the LERA History. We wish her inexhaustible creative inspiration and continuity in the translation of the new pages of history. The “LERA History” is updated every year, so all those who are willing/able to add their photos and memories to the history are welcome to contact Sandrita by e-mail: [email protected] in order to add your material to the “LERA History”.
On the 18 th of December, 2023 the XXX Education Forum “Assessment of Student Learning Achievements and Progress: New Scientific Findings and Recommendations” was held. The keynote speech “Assessment Culture for Learning: A Critical Ethnographic Study of One School” was delivered by dr. Irena Raudienė (Head of the Educational Programs Department of the Ministry of Education, Science and Sports). The XXX Education Forum was also enriched with other relevant reports: “Can Primary School Teachers Accurately Assess Students’ achievements?” (dr. Sigita Girdzijauskienė, associate professor at Vilnius University; Greta Bugelytė, psychologist at Vilnius Karoliniškii Gymnasium); Different Indicators of Student Achievement Assessment: What Does the (Mis)correspondence of Grades and NMPP Scores Say? (dr. Rasa Erentaitė, Senior Researcher at Kaunas University of Technology); Standardization and Psychometric Characteristics of Tests Based on the Mathematics Primary Education Program (dr. Irina Klizienė, professor at Kaunas University of Technology); Assessment of Critical Thinking Abilities in Mathematics Lessons (dr. Renata Kondratavičienė, Associate professor of Vilnius College); Student Achievement Assessment Tradition and/or Innovation? (dr. Arvydas Girdzijauskas, director of Klaipėda Vydūnas Gymnasium, member of the working group for the assessment of student achievements), Paradoxes of student (learning) assessment in creating a music/art school for all (dr. Asta Krikščiūnaitė Volbikienė, researcher of non-formal children’s education (Norway)).
“Assessing Students’ Learning Achievement and Progress: New Research Findings and Recommendations”
We are kindly remind that Education Forum “Assessing Students’ Learning Achievement and Progress: New Research Findings and Recommendations” on Monday, 18-12-2023, will ne held.
We are kindly invite education and training researchers, postgraduates, doctoral students, university lecturers, education and social policy makers, representatives of scientific associations and non-governmental organisations, and all those who are interested in issues related to general education.
About Key-Note Speaker
Dr. Irena Raudienė, in 2023 at Vytautas Magnus University, defended her thesis ” The Assessment Culture that Supports Learning: a Critical Ethnographic Study of One School”, supervisor prof. dr. Natalija Mažeikienė. Irena has been interested in issues of achievement evaluation ever since working as a teacher, she had to make various decisions about students’ learning outcomes. Later, while working at the Ministry of Education, Science, and Sports, I had to delve into the problem of the idea and application of the European language portfolio, the organization of achievement tests and matriculation exams, the assessment of social and emotional abilities, and the preparation of various documents for the implementation of the educational content, including the assessment of achievements. I managed to accumulate a lot of experience about the assessment process and how it is implemented while working in Lithuania with representatives of various interest groups: students, teachers, managers, education administrators and politicians, as well as working in international working groups and projects of the European Commission, the Council of Europe, the Organization for European Economic Cooperation and Development, dedicated to analyzing and solving assessment problems.
Irena continues her academic activities by working as a lecturer at the VMU Education Academy and sharing her experience with current and future teachers. This work is very important and meaningful.
|18th of December, 2023 (Monday)
|3.00 – 5.00 p.m.
|dr. Aušra Kazlauskienė, Professor at Vilnius University Šiauliai Academy;
dr. Emilija Sakadolskienė, Associate Professor at Kaunas Vytautas Magnus University and Vilnius University.
|A Culture of Assessment That Supports Learning: a Critical Ethnographic Study of One School
dr. Irena Raudienė, Head of the Curriculum Division, Ministry of Education, Science, and Sport
Can Primary School Teachers Accurately Assess Pupils’ Achievements?
Different Indicators for Assessing Pupils’ Achievements: What Does the (Mis)match Between Grades and NMPP Scores Say?
Standardisation and Psychometric Characteristics of Tests Based on the Primary Mathematics Curriculum
Assessment of Critical Thinking Skills in Mathematics Classes
Tradition and/or Innovation in the Assessment of Students’ Achievements?
Paradoxes of Pupil (Learning) Assessment in the Creation of a Music/Art School for All
|Discussion and Conclusion
|dr. Aušra Kazlauskienė, dr. Emilija Sakadolskienė
[email protected], tel. +370 686 39 529;
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XXX Education Forum Scientific and Organising Committee
Chair – prof. dr. Liudmila Rupšienė, President of LERA
dr. Aušra Kazlauskienė, LERA Board Member, Professor at Vilnius University
dr. Emilija Sakadolskienė, Associate Professor, Vilnius University, Vilnius University
dr. Jurgita Lenkauskaitė, Professor, Vilnius University
Note: The Forum will be filmed and photographed, as well as streamed live on YouTube.
We warmly congratulate dr. Rasa Nedzinskaitė-Mačiūnienė on becoming a member of the Young Academy of the Lithuanian Academy of Sciences. We wish her creative inspiration and fresh ideas in the winding labyrinths of science!
The EERA 2024 Conference from 26th to 30th August 2024 will take place in Cyprus, Nicosia town. The theme of the EERA 2024 Conference is “Education in an Age of Uncertainty: Memory and Hope for the Future”. The EERA 2024 Conference welcomes researchers from a wide range of educational fields. In addition to the general main call, some EERA networks would like to stimulate discussions on specific topics and have therefore launched a special call.
To participate in one of the NW Special Calls, first select your network and then select the topic “NW XX Special Call” when submitting your application.
The deadline for applications is: from the 1st December 2023 to 31st January 2024.
Congratulations to the new PhD Bin Wang on the successful defence his PhD thesis: Professional Teacher Training and Development of Competencies in the Context of Evolution of the Skills Formation System in China (Education Science (S 007), scientific supervisor – prof. habil. dr. Genutė Gedvilienė, scientific consultant – prof. dr. Vidmantas Tūtlys).
The dissertation is available at the Vytautas Magnus University and the Lithuanian National M. Mažvydas Library.
The dissertation is available at 11 Studentų Str., Academy., Kaunas district.
A short annotation of doctoral dissertation is presented below :
This dissertation is a study of Chinese VET teachers’ competence development from an international perspective, focusing on the internal and external determinants of professional development of VET teachers. By comparing the current situation of professional teacher education and competency development in China and in different countries around the world, the dissertation analyses and summarises the experiences of professional teachers, highlights the challenges, makes predictions for future directions of development, and provides relevant recommendations. The quantitative research carried out in the dissertation correlates with the analysis of the research presented in the theoretical part. Government and education authorities’ policies and financial support, school-enterprise cooperation, training and continuing education, enterprise skills development and apprenticeship opportunities, teachers’ titles, years of training, educational background and teacher’s intention to improve are important factors influencing the development of vocational teachers and the development of competences. The regression analysis found that teachers’ development intentions, national policies, cooperation between schools and enterprises, and skills competitions are significant for the formation and development of VET teacher competences. Looking at the results of the quantitative and qualitative research, it is noteworthy that the findings of the thesis are in line with the Attribution Theory (Heider, 1958) cited in the literature, which reveals the influence of different internal and external factors on the preparation and competence development of Chinese vocational teachers. The cross-sectional study presented in this dissertation showed that intrinsic factors, such as career motivation and interest in learning, and extrinsic factors, such as the learning environment and learning support, can promote teachers’ professional development. The competences most lacking in VET teachers are job orientation, certification of professional skills, mastery of new technologies, and awareness of international contexts. Improving the competences of Chinese VET teachers should start with the implementation of internal and external factors, and the development of the self-development competences of vocational teachers.
Dissertation Defense Council:
Chair – prof. dr. Aušra Rutkienė (Vytautas Magnus University Academy of Education, Social Sciences, Education S 007),
Assoc. dr. Nijolė Čiučiulkienė (Vytautas Magnus University Academy of Education, Social Sciences, Education S 007),
dr. Estela Daukšienė (Vytautas Magnus University Academy of Education, Social Sciences, Education S 007),
Associate professor Tomas Butvilas (Mykolas Romeris University, Social Sciences, Education S 007),
Prof. dr. Erno August Lehtinen (Vytautas Magnus University, University of Turku, Social Sciences, Education S 007).
We are sincerely congratulate dr. Birutė Vitytė on became the laureate of the best dissertations in the fields of humanitarian and social sciences and arts. The topic of Birutė Vitytė’s dissertation “LIBERTÉ vs SECURITÉ and AUTOCRATIE: A grounding Theory About Stereotyping as a Challenge of Learning Visual Arts Based on Digital Games“, Education, Vytautas Magnus University, Academy of Education. The scientific supervisor is prof. dr. Ona Monkevičienė.
We are sincerely congratulate dr. Rūta Petkutė for the best dissertation of a Lithuanian citizen, defended in a foreign institution of science and studies, in the field of humanitarian and social sciences and arts. Dissertation topic “The Instrumentalization of Academic Lifeworlds, Knowledge, and Education: Lithuanian Academics’ Responses to the European Higher Education Policy of Curriculum Restructuring” politics“, Education, Tallinn University, Estonia. The supervisors of the research work are Ivor Goodon, Professor Tero Henrik Autio (University of Tampere) and Senior Researcher Rain Mikser (University of Tallinn).