Productive Learning Development in Lithuania

Productive Learning was presented to the Lithuanian education community as a pilot initiative within the “Alternative Education” Project in 2012. At that time, three Productive Learning classes were opened in Kaunas Rokai Secondary School, Kedainiai Youth School and Panevezys District Paistrys Secondary School. Two Productive Learning teachers at each school worked with the group of 10-15 9th graders.

Experts from the Institute for Productive Learning in Europe (IPLE, Germany) and local education professionals from the Education Supply Centre (ESC) of the Ministry of Education and Science (MoES) were assisting in a two-year programme of the implementation of Productive Learning mainly helping with teachers’ education. Currently, ESC is responsible for school consulting regarding Productive Learning and teacher training. 

National legislation is also being developed according to the needs of the Productive Learning practice: the Description of Procedures of Implementation of Productive Learning, requirements for Productive Learning teachers, the National Qualification Program for Productive Learning Teachers, etc.

At the moment there are six schools implementing Productive Learning in Lithuania:

  • Jonava Youth School
  • Kedainiai Adult and Youth Education Centre
  • Prienai Revuona Basic School
  • Telsiai Adult School (Youth Education Department)
  • Ukmerge Uzupis Basic School
  • Ukmerge District Siesikai Gymnasium

To sum up, the following table shows the development of Productive Learning in Lithuania:

Year Stage Results
 2012−2014

National initiative: Pilot Project “Alternative Education”

  • 3 schools
  • 6 teachers 
  • 36 students
  • 48 practical learning sites
 2015−2017

  

 

School initiative

  • 6 schools
  • 13 teachers
  • 70 students
  • Over 100 practical learning sites
2017−2018
  • Few new schools would like to start Productive Learning

 

Research and publications

Several research were conducted and books published introducing outcomes of implementation of Productive learning and its impact on educational process:

  • Case study of the Implementation of the Productive Learning Model in Lithuanian Schools

First Stage of the Case Study conducted by Aukse Petruskeviciute. Association of Social Pedagogues of Lithuania. 2013

Second Stage conducted by dr. Asta Lapeniene, Dangira Luksyte Luksyte. Vytautas Magnus University. 2014

  • Doctoral dissertation by Aukse Petruskeviciute: Redistribution of Power during the Educational Interaction in the Context of Productive Learning: Grounded Theory. Lithuanian University of Educational Sciences. 2015
  • Productive Learning: an Educational Innovation in Lithuanian Education System. Dr. Milda Bredikyte, Aukse Petruskeviciute, Simona Plienaityte, Elena Stasiuliene. 2015
  • Productive Learning: Cohesion between Theoretical and Practical Learning.  Aukse Petruskeviciute. 2015
  • Towards Variety of Education: Productive Learning in Lithuanian Educational System. A policy brief initiated by MoES and prepared by dr.. A. Petruskeviciute and S. Plienaityte. 2016

 

Dissemination of Productive Learning

Significant presentations and talks about Productive Learning practice in Lithuania were delivered:

  • Alternative Education: Tackling the Problem of School Dropouts. Presentation at the ET2020 Working Group on Schools Policy of the Directorate-General for Education and Culture (European Commission). Simona Plienaityte, February 2015, Brussels
  • Productive Learning: A New Tool to Combine School and Work Life in Lithuania. Presentation at the conference Advice on apprenticeship and traineeship schemes with ESF support. Aukse Petruskeviciute, June 2013, Brussels
  • A Brief Introduction to Productive Learning. Presentation at the conference The Role of VET in Reducing Early Leaving from Education & Training. Simona Plienaityte, June 2014, Thessaloniki

 

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