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ERI: Kazakhstan Open Seminar Series

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The Kazakhstan Open Seminar Series was a platform for analysis, discussion and critique of the recent educational reforms in the newly independent nations of the former Soviet Union and its satellite states.

The seminars, led by Dr Olena Fimyar, took place at the Faculty of Education once or twice a month free of charge and were also broadcasted live via AdobeConnect.

The Kazakhstan Open Seminar Series has now concluded but please see our archive below.

Recordings of past talks can be found in the Kazakhstan media collection or links below.

Seminar Archive

The seminar series 'Internationalisation and Educational Reform in Eastern European and the Commonwealth of Independent States' was organised by the Kazakhstan programme research team (now ERI) as a platform for analysis, discussion and critique of the recent educational reforms in the Newly Independent nations of the former Soviet Union and its satellite states. From a variety of theoretical and methodological perspectives the questions that we invite us all to explore are:
- the Russian/Soviet inheritance and how this continues to shape education policy and practice
- the relationship of educational reform to the development of post independence national identity
- the internationalisation of education reform, the global education space, policy 'borrowing' and the indigenisation of international practice.


‘Lost in translation’? Interpreting the language of international and intra-national education policy transfer - Professor David Bridges, Director of Research, Kazakhstan and Mongolia Programmes, Faculty of Education


‘Soviet’ in the memories and teachers’ professional beliefs in Kazakhstan: points for reflection for reformers, international consultants and practitioners - Dr Olena Fimyar, Senior Research Associate, Kazakhstan Programme, Faculty of Education


National qualifications, frameworks and learning: A case study of the Unified National Test (UNT) in Kazakhstan - Dr Liz Winter, Kazakhstan Programme, Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge.
Measuring Skills in Europe - Dr Zilvinas Martinaitis, Post-doctoral fellow, Department of Educational Systems, Kaunas University of Technology, Lithuania


Gifted Education and the Process of Educational Change: post-Soviet Kazakhstan - Dr Natallia Yakavets, Kazakhstan Programme, Faculty of Education


Policy Teachers as Researchers: Myth or Reality in Kazakhstan?  Nazipa Ayubayeva, PhD Candidate, Faculty of Education, NIS Vice-Chair - Dr Kairat Kurakbayev and Darkhan Bilyalov, Nazarbayev University Centre for Educational


Cultural and Institutional Dimensions of Transformation: Tensions and complementarities - Prof. Dr. Giedrius Jucevicius, Kaunas University of Technology (Lithuania)


The ethics and politics of the international transfer of educational policy and practice - Prof. David Bridges, Director of Research (Kazakhstan and Mongolia Programmes), University of Cambridge Faculty of Education


Reform at Scale: The Centre of Excellence Programme of Teacher Development in Kazakhstan - Dr Elaine Wilson and Dr Fay Turner


Education The Role of School Principals in Education Reform in Kazakhstan - Dr David Frost, Kazakhstan Programme, Faculty of Education


Autonomy Policies in Three Former Soviet Countries of Central Asia: Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan - Antonia Santalova, DPhil Candidate at the Department of Social Policy and Intervention, University of Oxford School


Language-in-education policy: Towards a research agenda in Kazakhstan - Professor Timothy Reagan, Dean of the Graduate School of Education, Nazarbayev University, Kazakhstan


Taking the Babble out of Babel: Forces, mechanisms and counterweights for building bilingual education systems - Dr Peeter Mehisto, Institute of Education, University of London



Exploratory Study of Teacher Identity in Changing Times: In search of frameworks and definitions - Dr Liz Winter, Dr Ros McLellan, Dr Olena Fimyar


Towards Inclusive Education: Swimming against the tide of educational reform? - Professor Martyn Rouse (Emeritus Professor, University of Aberdeen), Dr Natallia Yakavets (Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge) and Anel Kulakhmetova (Centre for Development Studies, University of Cambridge)


ICT for Inclusive Education: Possibilities in Kazakhstan - Daniyar Sapargaliyev, PhD, International Academy of Business, Almaty, Kazakhstan


Cambridge Bolashak scholars First Bolashak Educational Forum: Contemporary changes in Kazakhstan’s education system


Action Research as a Strategy for Teacher Development Seminar - Professor Colleen McLaughlin, Dr Ros Mclellan, Michael Fordham and Nazipa Ayubayeva


The development of school-based Learning Study and Stenhouse’s idea of the Teacher as Researcher.’ Presenters: Professor John Elliott, Chief Editor of the International Journal of Lesson and Learning Studies (IJLLS) and the Journal of the World Association of Lesson Studies (WALS).


Teacher Identity and School Autonomy in Secondary Education in Kazakhstan - Aimzhan Iztayeva, Gulmira Smanova & Aizhan Omarbekova, Nazarbayev University Graduate School of Education, Astana, Kazakhstan


Making sense of school autonomy: the case of Kazakhstan - David Bridges (University of Cambridge), Kairat Kurakbayev (Nazarbayev University) and Aizhan Omarbekova (Nazarbayev University)


Pedagogies and methodologies of organisational learning in Kazakhstan: The case of NIS partner schools - Olena Fimyar (University of Cambridge), Michael Fordham (University of Cambridge) Aizhan Omarbekova (Nazarbayev University ), Nazira Tuleuova (Nazarbayev Intellectual Schools)


Russian Higher Education and the Post-Soviet Transition - Professor W. John Morgan (UNESCO Chair of Political Economy and Education; Distinguished Professor, International Institute of Adult and Lifelong Education; Senior Fellow, China Policy Institute; School of Education, University of Nottingham)


Between ‘modernisation’ and ‘transition’: the discourse of the Serbian 2001 civic education policy - Sanja Djerasimovic (PhD student, Department of Education, University of Oxford)


Globalizing Minds: Rhetoric and Realities in International Schools - Iveta Silova, Associate Professor and Program Director, Comparative and International Education, College of Education, Lehigh University, USA


New Educational Governance in Post-Socialist Education Space: Examining the (Side) Effects of International Comparisons, Benchmarking, and Best Practices - Iveta Silova, Associate Professor and Program Director, Comparative and International Education, College of Education, Lehigh University, USA


“Leave me Alone – Simply Let Me Teach”: An exploration of teacher professionalism in Kyrgyzstan - Nurbek Teleshaliyev (PhD student, Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge)


Collaborative teacher learning in Kazakhstan: Is it something new or well-forgotten past? - Nazipa Ayubayeva (PhD student, Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge and Vice-Chair, Nazarbayev Intellectual Schools, Kazakhstan)


‘Reflecting on Reflection’: An exploration of trainers’ perceptions of reflective practice in Kazakhstan - Dr Simon Brownhill (Kazakhstan Programme, Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge)


Teachers’ beliefs on assessment for learning and how this relates to national assessment practices - Dr Liz Winter (Kazakhstan Programme, Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge)


Working without shame in international educational development? From consequentialism to casuistry - Professor David Bridges, Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge


Adventures in Transparency: The Kazakhstan Data Warehouse Project - Professor Robert Zemsky, The Learning Alliance for Higher Education at the University of Pennsylvania


Narratives of Schooling During the 1992-97 Civil War in Tajikistan - Professor Carole Faucher, Nazarbeyev University Graduate School of Education

Teacher development in the use of technology: Insights from fieldwork in Egypt - Mariam Attia, Research Associate at Durham University School of Education


Researching multilingually: possibilities and complexities - Dr Mariam Attia, Research Associate at Durham University


Kazakhstan Trilingual education in Kazakhstan: challenges of pre-service teacher training - Assel Kambatyrova (Junior Researcher) and Leila Iyldyz (PhD Candidate) Nazarbayev University Graduate School of Education


The social aspects of transition from school to higher education: The focus on rural multi-ethnic communities in Kazakhstan - Olena Fimyar (Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge, UK) and Olga Mun (Central European University, Hungary and Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge, UK)


Teacher competence beliefs on classroom assessment practices in secondary schools in Kazakhstan - Madina Tynybayeva (PhD student, Nazarbayev University Graduate School of Education)


The development of external assessments in multiple languages - Matthew Dean (Senior Assessment Manager, CIE) and Peter Ashton (Senior International Project Manager, CIE)


A test of learning, certification or accountability? Perceptions of standardized testing in Kazakhstan - Dr Liz Winter and Dr Ros McLellan (University of Cambridge Faculty of Education)


Epistemology, ethics and educational research - Prof David Bridges (University of Cambridge Faculty of Education)


Ethics and truth-telling in collaborative research - Olena Fimyar (Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge, UK) and Elise Ahn (KIMEP University, Almaty, Kazakhstan)
Guldana Akhmetova (PhD student, Nazarbayev University Graduate School of Education)


On constructs and the construction of teachers' professional knowledge - Dr Natallia Yakavets and Prof David Bridges (University of Cambridge Faculty of Education)
Perceptions of teacher leadership at secondary schools of Kazakhstan - Aidar Khoroshash (PhD student, Nazarbayev University Graduate School of Education)

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