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Darius Klibavicius

Mr Darius Klibavicius


Research student

School of Social Sciences


I am a PhD research student in the School of Social Sciences (Education Pathway).

I look at School Curriculum Reforms, focusing on the New Curriculum for Wales. My doctoral thesis entitled "Pupils’ Experiences of and Involvement in School Curriculum Reforms" is a multiple case study based on 7-11-year-old pupils’ participation and their learning experiences. Therefore, to capture pupils’ insights into curriculum development and implementation, the research adopts a children’s rights framework accompanied by creative and participatory methodologies. 



Klibavicius, D. 2023. Does philosophy have a role in school? Wales Journal of Education: Focus on Practice, pp. 1–13. doi: 10.16922/wje.p2

A blog post: Knowledge exchange and impact development programme – why should you get involved? (Doctoral Academy blog, 30 May 2023).


June–December I undertook a 6 months internship with the Welsh Government where I conducted a research evidence review on the voices of socio-economically disadvantaged learners (academic supervisor Prof David Egan). This review aims to inform policymakers about successful strategies and effective practices for engaging disadvantaged learners in education and closing the attainment gap based on social class.


Klibavicius, D. 2021. Teachers’ Perceptions of School Curriculum Reform and its Impact on Their Practice (academic supervisor Dr Kevin Smith). This is an MSc Thesis in Social Science Research Methods at Cardiff University.

A showcase: Images of Research (Doctoral Academy Twitter, 7 December 2021).


Klibavicius, D. 2020. To What Extent Are the Roles of Teacher and Teaching Assistant Complementary? (academic supervisor Prof Sally Power). This is an Unpublished Mixed Methods Case Study.


A blog post: Philosophy in the New Curriculum for Wales (Dr Kevin Smiths blog, 19 August 2019).


Klibavicius, D. 2018. Teaching Philosophy at School: What are Teachers’ Perceptions of Philosophy and its Role in the School Curriculum? (academic supervisor Dr Kevin Smith). This is an MSc Thesis in Education, Policy, and Society at Cardiff University. 


Pupils' Experiences of and Involvement in School Curriculum Reforms

More information about the research purpose and methodologies is available in my ESRC Wales DTP profile


Funding sources

My research is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).



 Personal information

  • Year of birth: 1980
  • Place of birth: Jonava, Lithuania

  Academic qualifications

  • 2022 MSc in Social Science Research Methods (Education Pathway)  at Cardiff University (merit).
  • 2019 MSc in Education, Policy, and Society at Cardiff University (merit).

  Professional experience



Kevin Smith

Kevin Smith

Senior lecturer
Teaching and research

Research themes


  • Curriculum and pedagogy theory and development
  • Education policy, sociology and philosophy
  • Educational inequalities
  • Children's Rights
  • Participation