Project title: Development of the Key Competencies in Basic School (grades 5–8)
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Project duration: 3 years (01/02/2012 until 31/01/2015)
Project description: The Project is financed from the European Social Fund and the state budget of the Republic of Lithuania. The Project is the continuation (second stage) of the Project first stage (2009–2012). Its objectives are: dissemination of competencies oriented learning methodology in Lithuanian schools and, developing digital learning and teaching materials focused on competences for basic school (grades 5–8). Project activities directly contribute to the implementation of the National Curriculum for Primary and Basic Education (2008).
20 schools are involved in the Project. 600 teachers participate in competence-oriented teacher training program supervised by project team and consultants who took part in the first stage of teacher training program (2009–2011). All stages of the training program deal with integrated combination of theory and practice-based justification. The content of the program is built on the basis of: the methodological resources (lessons plans, filmed lessons, projects and other examples of activity-based, student-centred practices, school-leaders’ outgivings of what schools are doing to develop students’ competencies, etc.); competence –oriented learning websites in science and communication in Lithuanian language for 5–8 grade students; self-assessment instrument of learning to learn. In order to increase the effectiveness of training different forms of training are provided: workshops, seminars, classroom observation, distance learning supported on virtual learning environment. Both the program content and the selected methods of training focused on learning outcomes provide opportunities for teachers to work in close collaboration, gain and share their knowledge and experiences.
Based on learning outcomes, competence – oriented digital learning and teaching materials aiming implementation of National Curriculum are under development:
• Websites: Lithuanian language, grades 7–8; Geography, grades 6–8; Human safety and health, grades 5–8
• Learning to Learn Assessment Tool on virtual learning environment.
Digital learning and teaching materials refer to all activities of interactive learning and offer students possibilities to virtually observe invisible objects, long and for a moment lasting natural phenomena, carry out experiments, which are difficult to perform in the classroom; create virtual stories, comics, descriptions, publish newspapers, prepare presentations; send tasks done from the website to the teacher by e-mail. Learning by exploring, problem solving, playing, listening, watching movies, reading, writing and self-assessment using ICT not only increases students’ literacy skills and competences in subject areas but also nurture their digital, personal, communication and learning to learn competences, promotes critical thinking and creativity. Learning becomes more efficient, engaging and meaningful to the student.
On-line resources also include possibilities for teachers:
• to select learning objects and tasks in accordance with student‘s learning style and level of his or her achievements;
• to build students’ skills for learning to learn by helping students to understand their own learning and developing appropriate strategies for ‘learning to learn’.
For this purpose designed Learning to Learn Assessment Tool comprises different interactive instruments: diagnostic, planning, monitoring progress, reflecting learning and mapping learning progress.
Diagnostic instrument produced in the form of 4 questionnaires is designed to find out how students perceive themselves as the learners in relation to four dimensions of learning to learn competence framework. Planning, monitoring progress and reflection instruments consist of mind map, learning story, diary and comics templates. Interactive spider diagram is designed to develop learner profile as a holistic visual picture of personal skills and competences for the learners, their teachers, and their parents/carers.
Expected results: Developed on-line resources for learning and teaching:
• increase students’ motivation and stimulate their interest in learning, helping them to gain background for lifelong learning;
• help teachers to develop new working habits, skills and techniques, especially in teaching and assessing new curricular areas, such as cross-curricular subjects and nurturing students’ competences;
• are free and available for all, meeting goals for lifelong learning and promoting education for all.
Target group(s): 600 teachers and 10 officers from regional teacher in-service training centres
Contact person: Ona Vaščenkienė, Project Manager
Contacts (phone, email):,
+370 698 53602