Productive Learning Development in Lithuania

Productive Learning was presented to the Lithuanian education community as a pilot initiative within the “Alternative Education” Project in 2012. At that time, three Productive Learning classes were opened in Kaunas Rokai Secondary School, Kedainiai Youth School and Panevezys District Paistrys Secondary School. Two Productive Learning teachers at each school worked with the group of 10-15 9th graders.

Experts from the Institute for Productive Learning in Europe (IPLE, Germany) and local education professionals from the Education Supply Centre (ESC) of the Ministry of Education and Science (MoES) were assisting in a two-year programme of the implementation of Productive Learning mainly helping with teachers’ education. Currently, ESC is responsible for school consulting regarding Productive Learning and teacher training. 

National legislation is also being developed according to the needs of the Productive Learning practice: the Description of Procedures of Implementation of Productive Learning, requirements for Productive Learning teachers, the National Qualification Program for Productive Learning Teachers, etc.

At the moment there are six schools implementing Productive Learning in Lithuania:

  • Jonava Youth School
  • Kedainiai Adult and Youth Education Centre
  • Prienai Revuona Basic School
  • Telsiai Adult School (Youth Education Department)
  • Ukmerge Uzupis Basic School
  • Ukmerge District Siesikai Gymnasium

To sum up, the following table shows the development of Productive Learning in Lithuania:

Year Stage Results

National initiative: Pilot Project “Alternative Education”

  • 3 schools
  • 6 teachers 
  • 36 students
  • 48 practical learning sites



School initiative

  • 6 schools
  • 13 teachers
  • 70 students
  • Over 100 practical learning sites
  • Few new schools would like to start Productive Learning


Research and publications

Several research were conducted and books published introducing outcomes of implementation of Productive learning and its impact on educational process:

  • Case study of the Implementation of the Productive Learning Model in Lithuanian Schools

First Stage of the Case Study conducted by Aukse Petruskeviciute. Association of Social Pedagogues of Lithuania. 2013

Second Stage conducted by dr. Asta Lapeniene, Dangira Luksyte Luksyte. Vytautas Magnus University. 2014

  • Doctoral dissertation by Aukse Petruskeviciute: Redistribution of Power during the Educational Interaction in the Context of Productive Learning: Grounded Theory. Lithuanian University of Educational Sciences. 2015
  • Productive Learning: an Educational Innovation in Lithuanian Education System. Dr. Milda Bredikyte, Aukse Petruskeviciute, Simona Plienaityte, Elena Stasiuliene. 2015
  • Productive Learning: Cohesion between Theoretical and Practical Learning.  Aukse Petruskeviciute. 2015
  • Towards Variety of Education: Productive Learning in Lithuanian Educational System. A policy brief initiated by MoES and prepared by dr.. A. Petruskeviciute and S. Plienaityte. 2016


Dissemination of Productive Learning

Significant presentations and talks about Productive Learning practice in Lithuania were delivered:

  • Alternative Education: Tackling the Problem of School Dropouts. Presentation at the ET2020 Working Group on Schools Policy of the Directorate-General for Education and Culture (European Commission). Simona Plienaityte, February 2015, Brussels
  • Productive Learning: A New Tool to Combine School and Work Life in Lithuania. Presentation at the conference Advice on apprenticeship and traineeship schemes with ESF support. Aukse Petruskeviciute, June 2013, Brussels
  • A Brief Introduction to Productive Learning. Presentation at the conference The Role of VET in Reducing Early Leaving from Education & Training. Simona Plienaityte, June 2014, Thessaloniki


Contact us:
Education Supply Centre of the Ministry of Education and Science
Gelezinio Vilko St. 12
LT 03163 Vilnius, Lithuania 
Tel. +370 5 264 9472
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About the "Alternative Education"

Logo AU angliskas"Alternative Education" was a project which developed diversity and choice opportunities in school education 

The Project “Alternative Education” (Alternatyvusis ugdymas in Lithuanian) aimed to create conditions for development of alternative education, to implement its ideas and introduce alternative education methods at school.

The Project was a constituent part of the Education Improvement Project Plus and was initiated by the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Lithuania (MES). The Project was implemented by the Education Supply Centre (ESC) affiliated with the MES. While implementing the Project “Alternative Education” the ESC was cooperating with schools trying to invent alternative teaching and learning methods and to reduce the number of drop-outs. Project partner was the Panevezys District Educational Centre.

The Project was financed under the Human Resource Development Action Program by the European Social Fund Agency and from the budget of the Republic of Lithuania.

The idea of the Project was to open the door to diverse education: to build alternatives for the current forms of education, respect diversity of schoolchildren, meet their different needs and develop their possibilities for choice at school. The Project epitomized efforts aimed at paving the way for the alternativeness – finding different roads to the child‘s success.

The aim of the Project was to create conditions for development of alternative education, implement its ideas and introduce alternative education methods at school. This is the process of building diversity of education, which is closely linked with learning to teach as well as the changing role of the teacher and changing attitude towards education. Through its diversification the aim was to achieve that the largest possible number of students would acquire basic and secondary education and vocational qualification.

The Project was implemented in two stages, 2009−2011 and 2012−2015.

The activities of the 2nd stage (2012–2015) of the Project:

  1. Changing national legislation and/or adapting it to the needs of alternative education;
  2. Creating and implementing education alternatives:
    1. Productive learning model being implemented in 3 public schools (Kaunas Rokai Secondary School, Kedainiai Youth School and Panevezys District Paistrys Secondary School) and 6 educators being trained to work with Productive Learning group. The pilot project ended in 2014. The Project collaborated with Institute for Productive Learning in Europe (IPLE, Germany).
    2. School networking and cooperation with social partners model (3 public schools, a team of 5 members in each), which aimed to create one-stop-shop based child support system at school. Pilot ended in 2014.
    3. Communication model (3 public schools, a team of 5 members in each), which aimed to create the atmosphere of speaking, listening and understanding of everyone at school. Pilot ended in 2014.
  3. Training of education professionals:
    1. five alternative education training programs for educators developed
    2. seminars, trainings and internships for youth school professionals held
    3. youth schools, educational psychological services and education centres provided with educational literature
    4. in order to achieve a systematic change four modules for teacher training program were prepared and tested at the Mykolas Romeris University.

Within the framework of the Project some additional activities were conducted:

  1. The 24th International Network for Productive Learning Projects and Schools (INEPS) Congress was held in Vilnius in May 2012
  2. Prof. Eduardo Vianna (City University of the New York City, LaGuardia Community College) invited and open lecture “Knowledge, Identity and Social Change: Expanding the Vygotskian project in educational theory and practice” for the students and professors of Lithuanian University of Educational Sciences held.
  3. The book of contemporary educational philosopher Kieran Egan “Learning in Depth” is being prepared (negotiated) for translation into Lithuanian.

For more detailed information contact:

Chief Specialist Simona Plienaitytė
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