Congratulations to the new dr. Rui Li  on  successfully defending his PhD thesis “Promoting self-regulation in music teacher education: challenges and opportunities” (Education(S 007)), and  acqiuring  PhD in the field of Social Sciences, majoring in Education.  The  scientific supervisor  – Rasa Kirliauskienė (Vytautas Magnus University, Social Sciences, Education , S 007).

The dissertation is available at: Vytautas Magnus University and Lithuanian National M. Mažvydas Library.

The dissertation is available  at:  11, Studentų St. Academia, district Kaunas

A short annotation  of the dissertation is presented below. 

The aim of the study is to reveal the characteristics and importance of promoting self-regulation through the challenges and opportunities of preservice music teacher education (with a particular focus on piano). Although scholarly sources analyse the self-regulation of future music teachers and its importance, the analysis of individual aspects often does not reveal the full manifestation of self-regulation in music teacher education. This dissertation aims to provide a theoretical basis for the promotion of self-regulation in the educational process of future music teachers. Using a mixed-methods research approach, it reveals the peculiarities of promoting self-regulation in the process of music teacher education. Self-knowledge and self-positioning, self-knowledge in the educational process, experiences and challenges related to self-knowledge in the educational process, acquired self-regulation skills, and the application of self-regulation among Chinese and Lithuanian prospective music teachers are assessed. Our study revealed that there is a distinct lack of structured scholarly resources on effective self-regulation and stress management strategies, particularly as applied in music teacher education programmes and educational documents.
The dissertation consists of four parts. Part I provides a multifaceted analysis of self-regulation theory, highlighting the importance of preparation and experience for self-regulation, and examining the impact of self-confidence and personality traits on self-regulation. Part II explores the essential roles of music teachers, using the piano – the main instrument of music teacher training – as an example, describing the necessary skills for future music teachers. The psychological aspects, problems and solutions to the acquisition of the skills of future music teachers are discussed in detail. Part III discusses the methodology of the study on the promotion of self-regulation of future music teachers, including methodological approaches, ethical principles, research methods, selection of participants, etc. Part IV analyses the results of the research and suggests promising problems and solutions in the field of future music teacher education. In addition, some solutions to the problems of the training of future music teachers are presented from the perspectives of education and intercultural education.

Dissertation Defence Council:

Chair – prof. dr. Remigijus Bubnys, Social Sciences, Education S 007, Vilnius University, Šiauliai Academy.
Prof. dr. Jelena Davidova, Social Sciences, Education S 007, University of Daugavpils,
Prof. dr. Alvyra Galkienė, Social Sciences, Education S 007, Vytautas Magnus University, Academy of Education,
prof. dr. Asta Rauduvaitė, social sciences, education S 007, Vytautas Magnus University, Academy of Education,
Assoc. prof. dr. Emilija Alma Sakadolskis, Social Sciences, Education S 007, Vytautas Magnus University, Academy of Education.