The Gevirtz Graduate School of Education and Department of Education are hosting a talk titled “Developing Research Capacities in Lithuanian Higher Education: Teaching and learning qualitative and ethnographic research in the context of rapid socio-historical changes in Lithuania” by Dr. Audra Skukauskaitė, Dr. Liudmila Rupšienė, and Dr. Ingrida Baranauskienė on Wednesday, January 23 from 12 noon - 1 pm in Room 4108 of the UC Santa Barbara Education Building. This event is free and open to the public, and lunch will be provided. Please RSVP if attending with firstname.lastname@example.org by Wednesday, January 16.
In the almost three decades since regaining independence from the Soviet Union, Lithuania has made great strides in research methodology teaching and learning. While positivistic and post-positivistic research had a solid foundation stemming from the Soviet science, qualitative research was almost unheard of until about the 2000s and ethnography has been associated mainly with folk studies until a few years ago. Drawing on our individual and collective intellectual histories and two research projects, this presentation will explore the developments of research methodology in Lithuanian educational and social sciences.
Dr. Audra Skukauskaitė, an alumna of the Gevirtz School (Ph.D. ’06), is an independent researcher and research consultant for the Lemelson-MIT program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a senior researcher at Klaipeda University, Lithuania. Dr. Liudmila Rupšienė is professor and senior researcher at the Faculty of the Social Sciences, department of Pedagogy at Klaipėda University. Dr. Ingrida Baranauskienė is a professor and senior researcher at the Faculty of Health Sciences of Klaipėda University (Lithuania).