Education Forum “Research-Based Educational Practice in Lithuania: a Reality or a Dream?” was held.

On the 26th of March in 2024, the Education Forum “Research-Based Educational Practice in Lithuania: A Reality or a Dream?” was held. This Education Forum was dedicated to the relationship between research and practice. This time, educational theories and research were approached from the perspective of practitioners. What is the basis of educational practice in Lithuanian schools? What research-based models of education do we have? How do we work where we do not have a clear theoretical framework? When do practitioners look for researchers and researchers for practitioners? How do practitioners become researchers? How does practice change after becoming a researcher? What does it mean to be “pracademic?”. How to facilitate the translation of educational theories and research into practice?

These issues were discussed by dr. Loreta Žydelienė (historian, lecturer, researcher); Virgilijus Pupeikis (Director of the Children’s Art Studio “Diemedis” progimnasium, primary school teacher); dr. Gražina Šmitienė (chemistry teacher, associate professor at the KU Department of Pedagogy); Simona Miškinienė (deputy headmaster of Šiauliai Dubysa Aukštupio School); Vitalija Bujanauskienė (Head of the Utena Education Centre); dr. Natalija Kaunickienė (Head of Šiauliai Salduvės progimnasium); dr. Arvydas Girdzijauskas (Head of Klaipėda Vydūnas Gymnasium); prof. dr. Loreta Žadeikaitė (Chief Adviser of the Department of Studies, Science and Technology of the Ministry of Education and Science of ŠMSM). The forum was moderated by dr. Eglė Pranckūnienė (President of LETA) and assoc. prof. dr. Daiva Penkauskienė (Member of the LERA Board, Head of the Research Methodology Network). The full recording of the forum can be viewed on LERA’s YouTube channel