On June 5-6, 2014 was the remarkable time, signified by the defence of four doctoral theses written in the Institute of Sustainable Education, by doctoral degree candidates Inga Gedžūne and Ginta Gedžūne, Jeļena Badjanova un Jevgēnijs Ustenkovs.
At the session of the doctorate council in pedagogy, Inga Gedžūne defended her thesis entitled “Orientation of pre-service teachers’ frames of reference towards inclusion in nature”. The scientific reviewers were prof. Irēna Žogla from the University of Latvia, prof. Anita Pipere from Daugavpils University Institute of Sustainable Education and Dr Nicholas Clough from the University of the West of England (United Kingdom). Whereas Ginta Gedžūne defended her thesis “Pre-service teachers’ frames of reference for addressing children’s social exclusion in the classroom”, and her reviewers were prof. Irēna Žogla from the University of Latvia, asoc.prof. Dzintra Iliško, head of Daugavpils University Institute of Sustainable Education, and Dr Charlotte Holland from Dublin City University (Ireland). Scientific advisor of both theses was prof. Ilga Salīte from Daugavpils University Institute of Sustainable Education
The other two thesis defended on the 6th of June were written by Jeļena Badjanova ‘Holistic approach towards the acquisition of values of musical culture as viewed by the basic school teachers” that was mentored by the professor, Dr. Hab. Aleksejs Vorobjovs and the theses of Jevgenijs Ustinkovs “Assessment of Mastering Improvisation in a music secondary school” that was mentored by the professor Jeļena Davidova. The scientific reviewers of his dissertation was Dr. paed. Aleksandra Šļahova, Dr. art. Prof. Leonidas Melnikas, and Dr. paed. Marina Marčenoka. Congratulations! The researchers of the Institute extend their congratulations of a big success. As new scholars they have made significant contribition in padagogy with their constant scholary integrity, sensitivity to important and new perspectives. Our warmest congratulations to your contribution to our comon efforts.
The authors are grateful for the support in writing of the theses to the ESF project “Support to implementation of doctoral studies at Daugavpils University, 2nd stage” Agreement No. 2012/0004/1DP/22.214.171.124.2/11/IPIA/VIAA/011.