Project title: Providing Wider Possibilities for Choosing a Learning Pathway by Students aged 14-19, Phase II: Deeper Learning Differentiation and Individualization for Ensuring Education Quality Demanded by the Modern Labor World
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Project duration: 27 April 2009 – 27 April 2014
Project description: Project objectives: 1. Development of opportunities for choosing learning pathways by students aged 14-19, by way of individualization and differentiation of training content.
2. Providing wider possibilities for students to choose and increasing the attractiveness of training content, by taking into account the needs of a modern labour world.
3. Development of project stakeholders’ professional competences.

The project addresses relevant education issues identified by the European Employment Strategy (2003), Employment Policy Guidelines (2005-2008) of the European Union Member States, the National Programme on the Implementation of the Lisbon Strategy (Resolution No. 1270 of the Government of the Republic of Lithuania of 22 November 2005), State Education Strategy of 2003-2012 (Resolution No. IX-1700 of the Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania of 4 July 2003), Description of the Secondary Education Curriculum (Order No. ISAK-1387 of the Minister of Education and Science of the Republic of Lithuania of 30 June 2006), i.e. as follows: limited opportunities for choosing a learning pathway by students aged 14-19; non-conformity of general education curricula with the needs of the labour market, knowledge economy and society; insufficient attractiveness, accessibility of learning and training quality; an excessive number of dropouts and early school leavers; the need for raising qualifications; the lack of methodological tools for training.

The project is holistic and innovative, contributing to the prevention of student dropouts from the system of general education, embracing development of the outline model of education organization, programmes, methodological recommendations, adjustment, training and awareness raising.

Upon development of an outline model, modular curricula and methodological recommendations, conditions will be created for having a wider choice of subjects by students of 9-12 grades, training individualization, application of knowledge in practice, career planning, reduction of the learning load and dropouts. The developed methodological tools will help adjust and improve the training process; increase the access to learning among the students of various abilities, needs and capacities.

Teachers, school administration, education specialists and consultants will use the innovative products developed by the project. The project results will have an indirect impact on students, their parents, social partners; employers, specialists of vocational and higher education establishments, and textbook authors. The project will aim to use the advanced experience of foreign countries, invite foreign experts and join international co-operation networks.

Expected results: o The models of organization of education offering a wider choice of curricula and modules for 9-12 grade students in line with their needs, capacities and abilities has been tested together with schools.
o The project created and tested general curricula of the Lithuanian language, mathematics, history, health education, geography, and natural sciences (biology, chemistry and physics) divided into modules and in line with the level of achievement by 9-10 and 11-12 grade students to help them achieve better learning results, choose a learning pathway and/or future profession.
o The integrated program of natural sciences for special needs students (9-10 grades), ethics and religion education.
o The methodical recommendations for foreign languages will be presented the examples how to determine the pupil language achievement level, the examples of the different complexity tasks.
o Methodological recommendations have been developed for training of entrepreneurship capacities, by integrating entrepreneurship into subject and putting it in the context of education of 9-12 grade students.
o Methodological recommendations have been developed for training working capacities and making students familiar with the labour world. The recommendations advice on how various contexts of the labour world can be used for conducting training activities. In this way, students are offered opportunities to learn more about the world of labour and professions, test themselves in the work-related activities, and develop the capacities demanded by the labour world.
o A new art curriculum will be developed and students will learn how to analyze art history, understand and assess works of different branches of art.
o Methodological recommendations have been developed about the application of information and communication technologies and innovative training methods. For teaching of film creation, music, electronic music technologies and other art subjects’ computer media will be developed containing audio and video.
o Methodological recommendations and video will be developed for technology teachers to modernize the content of technological education, video material will be created to make a more interesting presentation of Lithuania crafts, tourism and catering organization services, construction and woodworking, mechanics and mechanical repair services organization.
o About 1300 teachers of mathematics, the Lithuanian language, history, natural sciences (biology, chemistry and physics), geography, art, technologies and other subjects, school administration staff and education specialists will be trained to work with the newly developed products. In this way seminars will help them develop their professional competences.
Target group(s): Teachers, school administration staff/teachers, employees of education expert institutions, educational consultants.
Contact person: Sonata Likiene, Project Manager
Contacts (phone, email): + 370 (5) 2799 272
faks. + 370 (5) 2799 599
Mob. +370 620 79851
sonata.likiene@upc.smm.lt