ERIC Number: ED397028
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995
Reference Count: N/A
Education Managers in Transition: Evaluation of an Experiential Learning Course in Lithuania. Working Papers in Education.
Roberts, John; Woodhead, Keith
This study discusses the approach adopted in an inservice course, Training the Trainers in Management Skills, tutored by staff from the University of Wolverhampton (England), which took place twice in Villnius (Lithuania) in 1992 and 1994. The participants were approximately 80 Lithuanian education managers (directors and deputy directors of schools and inspectors). The background to the course and salient features of Lithuanian society and education in transition are described, with a focus on those characteristics of the Soviet period that continue to influence the management and the nature of educational institutions, acknowledged as key institutions in the democratization of independent Lithuania. The course was based on assumptions that an experiential learning approach had the greatest potential to be effective; these assumptions and experiential learning principles are explored, and the appropriateness of the methodology to the Lithuanian situation is discussed. The course evaluation took place in four ways: (1) group questionnaires, (2) individual participant reports, (3) school visits, and (4) individual and small group feedback. Although participants had little prior knowledge of experiential learning, 61 percent felt confident enough to use experiential learning teaching methods in staff development and training sessions they would conduct. Conclusions are suggested about the inservice course, the effects on the participants, and the place of experiential learning methodology in inservice training in the former Soviet empire. (Contains 17 references.) (Author/ND)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: British Council, London (England).
Authoring Institution: Wolverhampton Univ. (England). Educational Research Unit.
Identifiers - Location: Lithuania; United Kingdom (England)