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‘Reflecting on Reflection’: An exploration of trainers’ perceptions of reflective practice in Kazakhstan

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The call for reflective practitioners remains ever present with the persistent demand for quality provision in education (UNESCO, 2014). This presentation offers a unique exploration of perceptions of reflective practice offered by the ‘rarely heard’ views of education trainers in Kazakhstan. It will critically explore the findings of research undertaken during the delivery of Centres of Excellence training in Astana in 2013. Findings suggest that while the Kazakh speaking trainers recognise the importance of reflective practice in helping to change classroom provision, some are unwilling to actively apply ‘Western theory to Kazakh practice’ due to reflection being perceived as “boring” or unhelpful. The presentation will reflect on how the need for trainers to be “honest” and “open” during reflective endeavours is challenged by cultural practices which see trainers only focussing on “the positives”, “hiding” those areas that need to be addressed and improved.

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

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