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Ausra Kazlauskiene, Ramute Gaucaite and Audrone Juodaityte

Informing Society About Pre-School Education and Educational Support in the Context of Sustainable Development

Society qualitatively participates in the implementation of corresponding tasks only when it is informed. An analysis of the National Strategy for Sustainable Development of Lithuania expresses concern regarding shortage of information: information receivers are scantily informed, whilst information providers themselves are scantily informed about actual information needs. In Lithuania, informing of society is carried out in both centralised and decentralised ways, when the state makes certain commitments regarding informing of residents because this information enhances attention to educational institutions, including pre-school educational institutions (as a link of education, social support, support to the family and the child), and encourages the interest of interested groups in the quality of children's education. Seeking to ensure sustainable development, in the name of possibilities of more extensive participation of society in pre-school education management processes, freedom in decision-making, and in the name of the formation of society consisting of active and responsible citizens, it is necessary to analyse the experiences of informing the society. Therefore, the research is orientated towards generalisation of the experiences of informing the society in the European Union countries in the context of sustainable development.

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Ausra Kazlauskiene, Ramute Gaucaite and Rasa Poceviciene

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Implementation of the result-oriented (self-)education paradigm in the general education school requires sustainable changes in didactics not only on the strategic document plane but also in educational practice. However, its implementation in practice is complicated. The success of the interaction between theory and practice largely depends on the teacher’s professionalism. Therefore, the insights that have emerged in the context of teachers’ practical experiences applying self-directed learning are important identifying preconditions for sustainable changes in didactics. The semi-structured written survey and the content analysis enabled the authors to find out preconditions for changes in didactics, manifesting themselves through the teacher’’s personal self-actualisation, the student’s empowerment to learn and redistribution of powers of participants of the educational process. Research results suggest that identified preconditions for changes in didactics are interrelated and illustrate manifestation of sustainable changes in didactics.