Prof Dr Irena Zaleskiene
Prof. Dr. Irena Zaleskiene is the Local Coordinator of the DIALLS project. She is responsible for the implementation of project activities in Lithuania and for cooperation and communication with international partners, with school community members, etc. Her expertise in cultural studies will provide an important link between multimodality, dialogue and cultural literacy. She is a senior researcher at Vilnius University, and was also a Fulbright Scholar in 2015. She serves as an expert in curriculum development for social and cultural studies, for inclusive education and equal educational possibilities for all students. Irena Zaleskiene is involved in pre-service as well as in-service teacher training, publishes research articles, textbooks, and develops teaching/learning methodologies for students and teachers and coordinates national as well as international educational projects . Her research field is education of young people for responsible citizenship.
Prof Dr Lilija Duobliene
Prof. dr. Lilija Duobliene is a senior researcher in the DIALLS project, responsible for cultural literature analyses, cultural text identification and selection for the Cultural Literacy Learning Programme (WP3). She is a professor at teaching and researching philosophy of education, multicultural education and management of the curriculum at basic and secondary schools. Her recent research topics are focused on the creativity and ideological power contra creativity. At the same time she is a head of Educational Theory and Culture Department at faculty of Philosophy, a member of the Board of Education by SEIMAS (Lithuanian parliament) and a member of the committees of a few academic journals: Acta paedagogica Vilnensia; Religion and Culture. She is the author and/or co-author of a number of national co-curriculum guidelines (for philosophy and ethics subjects), learning/teaching standards and manuals for teachers and students.
Dr Irena Stonkuvienė
Dr. Irena Stonkuvienė is a senior researcher in DIALLLS project, responsible for cross -comparative analyses of dialogue and argumentation. Irena serves as an Associate Professor and Director of the Institute of Educational Sciences at Vilnius University. Her research field is related to anthropology of education, cultural education and history of education. At the same time, she serves as an expert in curriculum development for moral education. Irena Stonkuviene is editor-in-chief of the Journal Acta Paedagogica Vilnensia as well as editorial board member of academic journals in Lithuania, Poland, Italy and Turkey. She is the author more than 20 articles and book chapters in her research field and published the monograph “Growing up in Lithuania: Sketches of Enculturation”.
Dainora Eigminienė is a researcher on the DIALLS project. Her responsibility is related to the involvement of children and teachers in classroom discussions at secondary (gymnasium) schools and analyses of argumentation of the students. Dainora graduated from Lithuanian University of Educational Sciences, gaining an MA in teaching Lithuanian language and literature. She serves as an expert in teaching language and literature. She published some literature textbooks for middle and high school students and is also a member of the team developing national educational policy documents and leads the students’ drama study group. Her research interest is related to cultural history and art, so she publishes articles on this topic.
Ramunė Badaukienė is a junior researcher in the DIALLS project. Her responsibility is related to the involvement of children and teachers in classroom discussions at the basic schools, analyses of argumentation of the students. Ramunė Badaukienė has been a headmistress of Mazeikiu Ventos progymnasium since 2003. She holds an MA in history and MA in Educational management and has been teaching history and citizenship education at different secondary schools. She has also served as a Mayor's Advisor on Youth Affairs at Mazeikiai district Municipality. Ramune did some international internships in the Netherlands and USA (Los Angeles, Washington DC, Denver), took an active role in the transatlantic project “Deliberation in a Democracy”. Ramunė Badaukienė has implemented many national as well as international projects, developed more than 20 pedagogue qualification improvement programmes which were carried out through seminars for teachers and heads of educational institutions. Her research interest is citizenship education, deliberative democracy learning, multicultural education. Her research papers have been presented in some national and international conferences.
Daina Valančienė is a junior researcher in the DIALLS project, responsible for student's on line discussions, video conferences and collection of the arguments from students of project partner countries. Daina Valančienė is a graduate from Vilnius University with an MA in English. A teacher trainer, an expert teacher at Elektrenai Versmes gymnasium and the member of IEARN (International Education and Resource Network), Daina has initiated, coordinated and participated in a great number of international telecommunication projects and video conferences. The former chair of the National English Olympiads, the Judge of the Oxford Drama Competition, the Member of the Expert Commission “European Certificate for the Evaluation of Innovative, High-Quality Language Teaching and Learning Projects”, Daina Valančienė has focused on introduction and integration of multi-subject projects in the school curriculum, which are the key subjects of her publications and reports. Study trips to the US and project work in the framework of two educational programmes there (Deliberation in A Democracy, DID) as well as participation in Euroscola and Nordplus broadened her field of study by adding the analysis of civic issues in the English classroom. Her research interest is students’ argumentation and deliberation skills development.
Vaiva Juskiene is a junior researcher in the DIALLS project, responsible for running dialogue and argumentations with primary students and analyses of their arguments. Vaiva has an MA in Humanitarian Sciences (she studied literaturology) and an MA in Education Management and serves as a junior researcher in the Institute of Educational Sciences at Vilnius University. She has more than 20 years of teaching experiences working in the school. Also, she is a Dean of the Faculty of Pedagogy at Vilniaus kolegija / University of Applied Sciences. Primary and pre-primary teachers are trained in this institution. Her research field is related to children’s literature, Lithuanian language and literature didactics, communication. Vaiva Juskiene published some textbooks on Lithuanian literature for basic schools and is also co-author of many published texts for children at Primary Schools.