Congratulations to the new PhD Martynas Maniušis on successfully defending doctoral thesis “Development of Historical Literacy of Schoolchildren when Working with Historical Sources in the Third  Concentrs of General Education (Educational Science  (S 007), scientific supervisor doc. dr. Aušra Žemgulienė)” and  obtaining PhD  degree  of  Social Sciences in the field of Education. 

The dissertation is available at Vytautas Magnus University, Klaipėda University, Mykolas Romeris University, Vilnius University and Martynas Mažvydas National Library.  The dissertation is available  at  11 Studentų St. , ACademy, Kaunas district.

The brief annotation of dissertation is presented below.

The main question of the dissertation is how to develop the historical literacy of Lithuanian  schoolchildren  by working with historical sources in the third grade and how to assess its growth. At the theoretical level, based on the works of Lithuanian and foreign authors and the analysis of Lithuanian curriculum documents, the concept of historical literacy development in the third concentrs of general education is developed. It has been established that the basis of historical literacy consists of the development of critical thinking (including critical literacy), historical reasoning and historical research skills, the growth of which is assessed by the use of secondary historical concepts. It was found that the correlation between the growth in levels of historical cognition, the growth in the ability to work with historical sources as evidence, and the growth in the secondary concepts of history, enables the determination of the level of historical literacy achieved by the schoolchildren at the third concentrs of the basic education level. The pedagogical diagnostic study justifies the six-level growth model for the development and assessment of the ability to work with historical sources and its effectiveness in assessing the ability of Grade 9 students to work with historical sources as evidence.

Dissertation Defense Council:

Chair – prof. Dr. Daiva Jakavonytė Staškuvienė (Vytautas Magnus University, Social Sciences, Education S 007)
assoc. prof. Dr. Rita Mičiulienė (Vytautas Magnus University, Social Sciences, Education S 007)
prof. Dr. Juozas Skirius (Vytautas Magnus University, Humanities, History H 005)
assoc. prof. dr. Irena Stonkuvienė (Vilnius University, Social Sciences, Education S 007)
prof. dr Iveta Kestere (University of Latvia, Social Sciences, Education S 007).