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Dr. paed. I. Lūka Gives a Lecture at the International Academic Conference „Education, Culture and Society 2014” (0)

From 15 till 18 September in Poland, University of Wrocław the International Academic Conference of young scientists „Education, Culture and Society 2014” was held. The purpose of the conference was to promote academic activities, recognition of the young European scientists and to create an interdisciplinary international academic society. 

Eighty PhD students and young researchers from twenty two countries took part in the conference with their reports and posters.

During four working days of the conference diverse programme was organised. At the first day of the conference in the plenary meeting lectures were given by the invited visiting professors: Ineta Lūka (Turiba University, Latvia), Paolo Di Sia (The Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, Italy), and Eva Jurczika-Romanovska (University of Wrocław, Poland). At the second and third day of the conference the young scientists presented their research results. At the end of the conference three workshops in the research methodology were organized; these workshops will help doctorates to write their PhD Thesis more successfully and to obtain the doctorate degree.

University of Wrocław is one of the largest and oldest universities in Poland. It was founded in 1702 as Academia Leopoldina. Today, in the University of Wrocław there are ten faculties, which combine the historical heritage of Silesia with Austrian, Prussian, Czech and Polish cultural heritage.  Nowadays 39 00 students study at the University of Wrocław at bachelor, master, doctorate level studies and in full time day, full time evening and part time studies. Two thousand lecturers work at the University, including four hundred leading field professors. Each year eight thousand students obtain their academic or scientific degree and receive their diploma in any of its 210 study programmes.

Referring to the invitation by the University of Wrocław to give an inauguration lecture in the plenary meeting of the conference, I had the honour to open the conference and to read the lecture „Design Thinking in Pedagogy”. The plenary meeting of the conference was held in the particularly luxurious hall of the University of Wrocław „Aula Leopoldina”, which is very impressive environment.   

The discourse of design thinking originated in architecture, design and art, and later was applied in the field of management as well. The term „Design Thinking” is known in the academic environment for thirty years, though originally it was attributed only to the designers’ way of thinking. The term was used for the first time by P. G. Rowe in his book „Design Thinking”, which was published in 1987. It should be noted that this phenomenon was previously analysed by H. A. Simon (1969), already before the introduction of the term „Design Thinking”. Nowadays design thinking is even referred to as a new paradigm for dealing with problems in many professions and fields, including IT, business, research, innovation and recently – also pedagogy. Several models and teaching/learning tools, which promote development of students’ design thinking, have been created. Those who are interested in them will have an opportunity to get acquainted with this theory and its usage in the study process at the end of the year in the paper, which will be published in the journal „Education, Culture & Society 2014/II”.

The journal „Education, Culture & Society” was founded by Dr. Alexander Kobylarek from the University of Wrocław. I have been involved in the creation of the journal since its beginning, and thanks to successful cooperation, we have succeeded in making the journal as a recognizable journal in the fields of social sciences and humanities, which is included in several recognizable data bases, including EBSCO. Now the journal is on its way to the prestige data base of scholarly publications SCOPUS.  

Now the extensive constant editorial board has been made, including doctors of 14 sciences from twelve universities in ten countries, also professional, international group of reviewers has been established. This editorial board guarantees academic and scientific standard, as well as compliance to the scientific ethics. The journal is available in the webpage

With this article we would like to invite also doctorate students of Turiba University to use this opportunity and to submit their research results for publication in the journal „Education, Culture & Society”, thus popularizing their findings outside Latvia and at the same time integrating in the international society of young scientists.


Written by: 
Dr.paed. Ineta Lūka
Turiba University
Head of the Department of Languages
associate professor

Photos: Ineta Lūka