Graduate School of Education Held a Round-Table on “Perspectives of Teacher Education”
On April 10, 2015, as part of the Republic-wide Pedagogical Council, Nazarbayev University Graduate School of Education held a round table on “Perspectives of Teacher Education” with the participation of school teachers from all the regions across the country, representatives of local teacher training institutions and academic organizations, representatives of education departments from regions and cities of Astana and Almaty, representatives of the Department of Higher and Postgraduate Education and International Cooperation as well as the Department of Technical and Vocational Education and Training and the Department of Post-Secondary Education of the Ministry of Education and Science of Kazakhstan.
Apart from local education authorities, the round table included the following international experts Colleen McLaughlin (University of Sussex, UK), Vladimir Gaskov (TVET Expert, Switzerland), David Bridges (University of Cambridge , UK), Alan Ruby (University of Pennsylvania, USA) and Mary Canning (Higher Education Authority, Ireland). Aida Sagintayeva, Chief Executive Officer of Nazarbayev University Graduate School of Education welcomed the participants of the round table meeting. Professor Murat Orunkhanov, Senior Fellow of Nazarbayev University Graduate School of Education and Professor Colleen McLaughlin of the University of Sussex moderated the discussion. The round-table meeting included presentations of international and local experts. Professor Orunkhanov and Professor McLaughlin made presentations on transformations of teacher education through the lens of international practices.
Aigul Abylgazina, Head of the Department for Vocational Education of the National Academy of Education , Gulnar Balakayeva, Director of the Republican Institute for Professional Teacher Development, Saniya Sharipova, Principal of Lyceum No. 1 of Kostanay city and other participants contributed to the round-table discussion. Representatives of secondary schools - teachers and principals from different regions - raised a number of burning questions about the current state of teacher education.