September, 2013

The European Conference on Educational Research (ECER) 2013 took place in Istanbul, Turkey in September 2013. The representatives of progressive academic community from around the world took part in this significant event. Among the participants there were famous scientists, researchers, experts, consultants, teachers, managers from University of Cambridge, University of Sussex, University of Pennsylvania, Bahçesehir University, Nazarbayev University, Autonomous Educational Organization “Nazarbaayev Intellectual Schools” and many others. 

This conference has being conducted for more than 20 years. Always presenting the new trends, this time it was held on the premises of Bahçesehir University.

Kazakhstan AEO “Nazarbayev Intellectual Schools” participated in the meeting on education for the first time. The delegates from AEO were represented by Nazipa Ayubayeva – Deputy Chairperson, Zhanar Abdildina – Director of the Centre for Educational Programmes (CEP), Sogdiana Chukurova - Deputy Director (CEP), Assel Sharimova – Deputy Director of the Centre of Excellence (CoE) and Olga Khokhotva – trainer of CoE branch in Semei city.

«Creativity and Innovation in Educational Research» was the key topic of the conference and it was chosen for a reason. Innovations, nowadays, are getting a greater significance for knowledge development in the age of technology and promote both, economic prosperity and social and individual wellbeing.

More 300 sections of work with different focus as well as symposia were conducted within the conference.      

The separate block of the forum was focused on the development of education in Kazakhstan. University of Cambridge Faculty of Education, University of Pennsylvania Faculty of Education and Nazarbayev University Graduate School of Education presented 15 studies on the following topics: “Policy Studies and Politics of Education”, “Continuing Professional Development: Learning for Individuals, Leaders and Organizations”, “Assessment, Evaluation, Testing and Measurement/Research in Higher Education”. These areas included the presentations delivered by the famous researchers such as David Bridges (Professor, Research Director (Mongolia and Kazakhstan) of Cambridge University, Colleen McLaughlin (Professor in University of Sussex and Director of International initiatives in University of Cambridge), David Frost (Senior Lecturer in “Leadership in Education and School development” University of Cambridge), Alan Rubi (World bank consultant, AEO “Nazarbayev Intellectual Schools” advisor, Senior staff in Higher Education Department of University of Pennsylvania), and the ambitious and perspective young scientists such as Michael Fordham, Ros McLellan, Olena Fimyar, Natallia Yakavets, Elaine Wilson, Fay Turner, Simon Brownhill, Liz Winter, Laura Perna, Brayan Gopaul, Kata Orosz.

Policy Studies and Politics of Education” strand was presented in the research works on reforms in education of Kazakhstan over the last 20 years, and on implementation of two innovative projects – which is opening of Nazarbayev University and Nazarbayev Intellectual Schools.

Within the strand of Continuing Professional Development: Learning for Individuals, Leaders and Organizations” the authors told about the development of Nazarbayev Intellectual Schools network, development of new programmes, assessment system, trilingual policy, Professional development for teachers. The focus of the research has shifted from the school system description towards the process of changes in which the issues of leadership, managing changes, organization of the development and professional learning are the integral parts. The role of administrator and school teachers is important in this context. The modern teacher should be a facilitator, engine of the process, active participant in reforms and develop leadership skills. This strand was presented by Nazipa Ayupbayeva, Deputy Chairperson of AEO “Nazarbayev Intellectual Schools” with her research topic “Reflective practive, its Potential and Implication on Teachers’ Professional Learning”.

The third strand Assessment, Evaluation, Testing and Measurement/Research in Higher Education” was focused on Higher Education. In their research the authors used the methods of interviewing, documentary analysis, observation; they also worked with focus-groups and were relying on the results of conducted workshops. Many of the research works were presented as a part of more extensive research projects.

For your information

European Education Research Association (EERA) is the charity organization that was establish in 1994 as the scientific community to promote the ideas among the European researchers, provide support in carrying out research, improve quality of the research, share independent views in education research with politicians, leaders and practitioners as well as to distribute and share the research findings.

The annual conferences have being conducted in various European cities since 1992.