Inaugural International Conference of Kazakhstan Educational Research Association (KERA) “Trends in Eurasian Educational Policy and Practice”
On 9-11 of February 2017, Kazakhstan Educational Research Association held its inaugural International Conference “Trends in Eurasian Educational Policy and Practice”. More than 200 participants from Kazakhstan and other countries attended the Conference. Local and international researchers, international experts in the field of education, representatives of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Kazakhstan, public and private educational organizations took part in the Conference. Representatives of the Higher School of Economics, Omsk State University, Kazan Federal University, Ural Federal University, and National Association of Scholars (US) participated in the Conference.
Aida Sagintayeva, the founding President of Kazakhstan Educational Research Association opened the Conference with a welcome speech. In her welcome speech, Aida Sagintayeva expressed hope that KERA would become the center of research in the field of education in Kazakhstan. “Today I see KERA as a growing professional community, committed to public good through the development of high-quality research in the field of education that would have a social impact. “In this regard, I urge all the members of our community to represent values of academic integrity, objectivity, openness, transparency and adherence to research ethics”, noted the founding President. Also, Aida Sagintayeva paid attention to the issue of the gap between researchers, practitioners and policymakers and proposed ways and mechanisms for expanding access to research findings and results among different stakeholders.
It was followed by the speech given by Janyl Zhontaeva, Director of Department of Pre-School and Secondary Education of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Kazakhstan.
The KERA Conference was honoured by the participation of Professor of Utrecht University, Theo Wubbels who is the current President of the European Educational Research Association. Congratulating the participants with the inaugural KERA Conference, Professor Wubbels made a presentation titled “Effective Higher Education: Theory and Policy”.
The key speakers of the Conference included Loretta O’Donnell, Vice-Provost of Nazarbayev University, David Bridges, Professor of the Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge (welcoming remarks via video), Almagul Kultumanova, Vice-President of Information-Analytical Center, Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Zhanbol Zhilbaev, President of Altynsarin National Academy of Education, Alima Ibrasheva, Head of the Department for Higher and Professional Education of Information Analytical Center, Peter Wood, President of the National Association of Scholars (USA), Aigul Kazzhanova, Managing Director of Nazarbayev Intellectual Schools, Autonomous Organisation for Education, Gulbakhyt Menlibekova, Professor of Eurasian National University, Michael Tsediso Makoelle, General Director for Research of Nazarbayev University Graduate School of Education.
The Conference Networks included the followings:
• Curriculum innovations;
• Trilingual education;
• Inclusive education;
• Evaluation and measurement in the field of education;
• Teacher Education;
• Educational research in the context of community, family and school;
• Ethnic pedagogy and history of education;
• Research in the field of education policy;
• Research in the field of pre-school and secondary education;
• Research in the field of training and vocational education;
• Research in the field of higher education.
Kazakhstan Educational Research Association (http://www.kera.kz) is the first Association of the Eurasian region that became part of the European Educational Research Association (www.eera.de). The EERA also includes British Educational Research Association, Swiss Society for Research in Education (SSRE), Finnish Educational Research Association (FERA) and other national professional communities from more than 30 countries.
The conference program is available here.