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‘Soviet’ in the memories and teachers’ professional beliefs in Kazakhstan: points for reflection for reformers, international consultants and practitioners

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This paper is a part of a one year scoping study, ‘Internationalisation and Education Reform in Kazakhstan’, jointly conducted by the Faculty of Education University of Cambridge and Nazarbayev University Center for Education Policy in August – September 2012. Although the primary focus of the study was to document the most recent educational initiatives in the country, references to and comparisons with the previous system of education, which was often referred to as ‘Soviet’, but also ‘traditional’, ‘old’ and ‘conservative’, were numerous. This prompted the authors of this paper to address the questions: What memories and practices of Soviet education are still dominant in the field of education in Kazakhstan? How do these beliefs continue to shape educational debate in the country? The discussion in this paper is organised around the following themes: foundational principles of Soviet schooling; approaches to knowledge and assessment; teacher preparation and methodology. To support this paper, the authors of the paper draw on the literature on Soviet education, interview data and, of equal importance, their own experiences of Soviet schooling.

This talk is part of the Kazakhstan Programme Research Seminar Series series.

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