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Multicultural Education

Studying youth issues reveals the society of the future, what ideas and attitudes will drive social mechanisms in the years to come, what social issues will arise, become of more significance and what problems will vanish. However, apart of insights of the future, the youth studies are to provide solutions on the most pressing social issues of today. Children and youth are among the most active social group engaged both in socially desirable and socially harmful activities while at the same time they are among the most vulnerable social groups what concerns their rights and status in society. Youth of contemporary Lithuania is a generation at the crossroads. The issue of “Brain Drain” has acquired major proportions in Lithuania. Most talented young people leave the country for the better forming a growing Lithuanian diaspora in the West. While at the same time those who stay start their way into unwelcoming adult life with youth unemployment (although declining in recent years) stays among the highest among the EU Member States.

The difficult social issues that children and young people face as they transition through life require certain moves from the part of the state and society in order to guarantee a sustainable future for all. However every child, every young person should be treated as a personality who requires personalized attention and personalized solutions of the he or she just not in a position to solve by themselves. Delicate and respectful assistance in dealing with the life problems of children and young people demands knowledge coming from various fields, including but not restricted to psychology, anthropology, education science, and covered by an interdisciplinary studies of social work. Thus VILIAS acknowledges social work to be a discipline of major importance in contemporary society while also recognizing dependence of the discipline on knowledge coming from other fields of research. 

Labor market in the information economy places education issues among the ones having major importance in our societies and position education sciences among the most respected academic disciplines. Research in Lithuania’s experience in educational reform that lasts for more than two decades already perfectly reveals which new methods and solutions do prove themselves in practice and which do not. Actually, the country is among the most educated in Europe with more than 40 percent of all the population holding a university degree. At the same time it is a country where university education quite often obstructs rather than supports young people finding a good starting position in the labor market. A common understanding that qualifications required by employees and knowledge provided by universities should match in some ways has not formed during all the years of educational reform. 

Education, research and development are and should be the background for a technological and economic progress. Lithuania does dedicate much effort to strengthening its research and development potential. Significant success in the field can already be acknowledged, with advanced sectors of biotechnology and laser industry taking the lead. However innovation in other fields of both technological and social research is lacking. Although universities and research institutes of Lithuania do produce sound theoretical knowledge in many fields of research, the “Death Valley” between universities and businesses is seldom crossed both by understandings on business needs for research products and research ideas on ways for business advancement. These major themes in education studies require interdisciplinary collaboration of economists, lawyers and researchers of other fields. VILIAS provides a good setting for such interdisciplinary projects to be initiated.


Education and Human Resource Development

Informal and nonformal learning

Youth Under- and Unemployment

Intergenerational and Transformative Learning

Educational Support Services

Knowledge Sharing and Circulation

Public Private Partnerships in Research

Distant Families

Civic Engagement of Youth

Lifelong Learning

Early Childhood Care and Education

Digital Rights of Children
Smart Specialization

Active Learning

Inclusive Learning Environments

Education Management

Curriculum Development

Innovative Teaching and Assessment

Responsible Research & Innovation

Digital Learning

Youth Subcultures

Urban Families

Intellectual Capital

Organizational Learning

Juvenile Supervision

Trafficking of Children

Higher Education Policy

Learning Networks

Family Policy

Children’s Privacy Protection 

Civic Education

Ethno- Cultural Education

Children and Youth Organizations

Socialisation of Children in Rural Communities 

Teaching Goals and Objectives as a Didactic Issue

Moral Education

Socialization of Bereaved Children

Impacts of Divorce, Migration and Parents' Death  on Children

Adoption and Guardianship

Psychology of Youth and

Developmental Psychology

Historical Aspects of Education

Education in Rural Communities

Family-Friendly Organizations

School Culture

Identity and Cultural Transmission

Safe Environments at Schools

Welfare of Children

Sexual Exploitation of Children

Interdisciplinarity in Research Programming