Pedagogų profesinės kompetencijos ugdymas savaiminiu mokymusi
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The aim of this research was to reveal the development of pedagogue’s professional competence by informal learning. The biographical-abduction (Grounded Theory) research strategy has been selected as the research aim. The systematic process of data collection, analysis and results are based on the theory of abduction design research logic by philosopher Charles Peirce and the grounded theory methodology by Strauss and Corbin (1996). The concept of informal learning was conceptualized in the research, by describing its change in the development of a lifelong learning policy, and the development of pedagogue’s professional competence by informal learning was revealed by illustrating this process with real experiences of the participants in the research. The participants‘ life stories used in the research revealed the significant resources for the pedagogues‘ professional competence and their learning activities in biographical circumstances. The research helps to understand the impact of the pedagogue’s professional activity on informal learning processes and the ability of the pedagogue to improve from a subject-based, methodological, and personal perspective. Highlighting the pedagogues’ informal learning processes has allowed the identification of the conditions governing informal learning and manifestation of the pedagogue‘s professional competence development. It has been proved that informal learning is revealed and explained by an individual’s life experience. The established conditions for pedagogues‘ professional development by informal learning may be beneficial to educational institutions seeking to improve their performance and become the learning institutions.