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Liz Winter

Position/Status

Kazakhstan Project Development Officer/Senior Research Associate

E-mail Address

eaw53@cam.ac.uk

Qualifications

  • PhD (Leicester University)
  • BSc (Leicester University)
  • BSc (Manchester University)

Membership of Professional Bodies/Associations

  • British Psychological Society (Chartered member, CPsychol)
  • British Educational Research Association (member)

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Profile

Liz is a social psychologist concerned with social identity effects to explain under-representation of certain social groups in specified domains such as: women in technology and some social groups in Higher Education. Liz started her professional life with 10 years working in engineering by using and teaching mathematical modelling software for structural analysis purposes. Hence, an interest in atypical careers for women and teaching conceptually challenging materials to practitioners has long standing and personal relevance. Liz applies both quantitative and qualitative methods and is happy to use either as fits purpose.

Liz joined the Faculty of Education in 2011 from the University of Leicester Institute of Lifelong Learning to initially coordinate and support the Masters' programme in Psychology and Education. When the request to develop a new Graduate School of Education (GSE) in Kazakhstan at the newly founded Nazarbayev University (NU) came to the faculty in 2012, Liz moved over to what is now called the Education, Reform and Innovation (ERI) group. Here, Liz worked with colleagues from UPenn in a three-way partnership with NU to achieve this ambition with the first students being admitted to NUGSE in 2014.  Regular quality assurance and partnership exercises over the last decade have continued its development.

Since the initial work in Kazakhstan and the success of NUGSE, ERI has taken on a variety of other international HE tasks and school-level research projects in response to requests from policymakers and universities elsewhere. Apart from continuing to work in Kazakhstan, this has meant projects in Thailand, Oman and Tajikistan for Liz. Throughout, advancing and developing local research capacity has been a key part of the roles Liz has taken on. In Kazakhstan, the shortcomings of the national assessment practices and a focus on students' perspectives in terms of wellbeing and school engagement have been particular areas of interest and direction. Consistent with a drive for equalising opportunities for all, Liz has most recently been examining the new models of funding for Kazakhstani schools as they may impact on equity, learning outcomes and school development.

Academic Area/Links

Academic research groups: Psychology, Education and Learning Studies (PELS); Special Interest Group on young people's wellbeing and inclusion.


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Research Topics

  • Transitions of social cognition in adolescence.
  • How social factors influence self-concept and performance of stereotyped tasks.
  • Curriculum and assessment design in relation to National Qualifications Frameworks
  • The implementation of systemic educational reform as it affects learning, school engagement and the wellbeing of students and teachers
  • Models of funding in terms of equity, learning outcomes and school development

Current Research Projects

Kazakhstan Projects:

  • Nazarbayev University Graduate School of Education Project (NUGSE)
  • Internationalisation and Education Reform in Kazakhstan Research Project (IERK)

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Teaching

  • Postgraduate
    • Co-adviser for doctoral students at Nazarbayev University
    • Co-supervisor for doctoral students at Faculty of Education
  • Undergraduate
    • None at present

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Selected Publications

Forthcoming

Yakavets N., Winter, L., Malone, K., Zhontayeva, Z., & Khamidulina, Z. (under review). “We are learning together with our children”: teachers’ efforts to implement a curriculum reform in schools in Kazakhstan. Research Papers in Education.

Junlin, Y., McLellan, R., & Winter, L. (under review). Which boys and which girls are falling behind? Linking adolescents' gender role profiles to motivation, engagement, and achievement, Journal of Youth and Adolescence.

Ait Si Mhamed, A., Winter, L., Kanayeva, G., Zhontayeva, Z., & Abdimanapova, L. (in preparation). From the system of norms toward school autonomy: introducing per-capita funding in Kazakhstan.

Most recent publications

Winter, L., Hernández-Torrano, D., McLellan, R., Almukhambetova, A., & Hajdukova-Brown, E. (2020). A contextually adapted model of school engagement in Kazakhstan. Current Psychology. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12144-020-00758-5

Winter, L., Makhmetova, Z., & Kurakbayev, K. (2020). Low-hanging fruit – flawed assessment and inaccurate textbooks as easy pickings in criticism of the renewed content of education (in Russian: низко висящие фрукты – легко критиковать недостатки в системе оценивания и ошибки в учебниках в контексте обновленного содержания образования), Bilim Education (білім – образование), 92(1), 2-26. Published in Kazakh and Russian by Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Kazakhstan I. Altynsarin National Academy of Education: Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan. ISSN 1607-2790. (also published online through KERA at https://kera.kz/storage/app/media/education-1-2020p6-25-7-26.pdf ).

Winter, L. & Bridges, D. (2019). Internationalisation, Assessment and Parental Involvement: Educational Modernisation in Kazakhstan (2016—2019), NIS Information and Methodical Journal - Pedagogical Dialogue, 30 (4), 13-25.

Winter, L., Kambatyrova, A., & Gungor, D. (2017). Validation of a Scale to Assess Regional Variations in Attitudes Towards a Professional Development Programme to Learn the English Language for Teachers of Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Informatics, Al-Farabi Kazakh National University Journal of Educational Sciences, 4(53), 43-54.

Brown-Hajdukova, E. B., Winter, L., & McLellan, R. (2017). Young people’s conceptualization of their wellbeing: culturally situated understandings in the context of Kazakhstan. Health, 9, 1542-1566. DOI: 10.4236/health.2017.911114.

Winter, L., Rimini, C., Soltanbekova, A., & Tynybayeva, M. (2014). “The Culture and Practice of Assessment in Kazakhstan: The Unified National Test, Past and Present”, in Educational Reform and Internationalisation: The Case of School Reform in Kazakhstan (pp. 106-132), Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.

Winter, L., Rimini, C., Soltanbekova, A., & Tynybayeva, M. (2014). The Culture and Practice of Assessment in Kazakhstan: An Alternative Model and the Future”, in Educational Reform and Internationalisation: The Case of School Reform in Kazakhstan (pp. 133-151), Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.

Most recent conference presentations

Winter, L., Yakavets, N., Zhontayeva, Z., Malone, K., Makhmetova, Z., &, Khamidulina, Z.
(2019, April). Changes in Purpose: Examining the Radical Transition from a Longstanding Norm-based Model of Classroom Assessment to a New Criteria-based System. Paper presented at CIES, San Francisco.

Winter, L., Yakavets, N., & Kurakbayev, K. (2018, September). Changes in Purpose: Examining the Radical Transition from a Longstanding Norm-based Model of Classroom Assessment to a New Criteria-based System. Paper presented at ECER, Bolzano, Italy.

Hajdukova, E.B., Winter, L., & McLellan, R. (2017, May). Wellbeing in, for and around school. Paper presented at The British Psychology Society Annual Conference, Brighton, United Kingdom.

Winter, L., Hajdukova, E.B, & McLellan, R. (2017, May). School engagement and wellbeing of secondary students in Kazakhstan: a mixed method study. Paper presented at The British Psychology Society Annual Conference, Brighton, United Kingdom.

Hajdukova, E. B., Winter, L., & McLellan, R. (2017, April). Capturing and conceptualising young people's wellbeing using culturally sensitive tools. Paper presented at Public Mental Health event: Linking Cambridge researchers and policy and decision-makers, Cambridge, United Kingdom.

Hernández-Torrano, D., Winter, L., & McLellan, R. (2016, October). Developing a holistic, context-specific model to study young people's wellbeing in Kazakhstan. Paper presented at VII NIS International Research-to-Practice Conference, Astana, Kazakhstan.

McLellan, R., Winter, L., Torrano, D., Hajdukova, E.B., & Kurakbayev, K. (2016, August). Mapping young people’s wellbeing in Kazakhstan. Paper presented at European Conference for Educational Research, Dublin, Ireland.

Winter, L., McLellan, R., & Torrano, D. (2016, April). A model of wellbeing in the post-soviet context of Kazakhstan. Paper presented at British Psychology Society Annual Conference, Nottingham, United Kingdom.

Winter, L., McLellan, R., & Torrano, D. (2016, March). From the UK to Kazakhstan: Understanding, adapting and measuring school students' wellbeing and engagement in schools. Paper presented at Comparative and International Education Society Conference, Vancouver, Canada.