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  • research article
    Obenchain, Kathryn M
    Balkutė, Asta
    Vaughn, Erin
    White, Shannon
    The high school journal. Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, 2016, vol. 99, no 3, Spring., p. 252-278
    Besearch suggests that teachers play a role in the type o f citizenship education implemented in schools. The purpose o f this qualitative case study was to explore how two high school teachers understood and enacted their civic identities as a dimension o f their teacher identities. Findings suggest that factors contributing to an individual's civic identity take on a unique perspective when filtered through the development and enactment o f teacher professional identity. Participants’ civic identities are discussed through the two dimensions o f belonging and responsibility to the community. They ground their civic identities in the local community, encouraging their students to fit into and serve the local community. Participants supported democratic ideals including justice and diversity, but rejected an American identity that they equated with negativity, consumerism, and inhospitable to those who are unfamiliar. In-service teacher education would benefit from building on and reframing teachers’ existing community connections to incorporate participatory action research (PAR) and critical service-learning.
  • research article;
    Gedvilas, Paulius
    European scientific journal (ESJ). Kočani : European Scientific Institute, 2015, vol. 11, no. 22., p. 102-116
    The European Framework of key competences for lifelong learning, released at the end of 2006, identifies and defines eight competences that everyone needs to acquire in order to achieve personal and professional goals, social inclusion and active citizenship in today's rapidly-changing world. The paper discusses the results of the pilot study on communication in foreign languages, one out of eight key competences, conducted in 2013. The pilot research was carried out under the project Research and Development Platform for Adult Training of Generic Competences, Measure VP1-3.1-ŠMM-07-K “Support to Research Activities of Scientists and Other Researcher (Global Grant)”. The analysis of the situation in Lithuania pertinent to conceptual understanding of the competence of communication in foreign languages, its development for personal and professional growth and labour market demand is presented. The findings reveal the respondents’ self-evaluation of the competence of communication in foreign languages, the main challenges and opportunities it offers for professional life and career, personal development and participation in civic and community life.