Nazarbayev University Graduate School of Education held a round-table meeting on renewal of secondary education curriculum
The round-table meeting ‘Renewal of Secondary Education Curriculum’ was held at Nazarbayev University Graduate School of Education on the 8th of June 2016, as part of the international research project ‘Development of Secondary Education Curriculum of Kazakhstan in the Context of Contemporary Reforms’. Professor Colleen McLaughlin and Dr. Liz Winter, University of Cambridge Faculty of Education, took part in the meeting. The meeting has also been attended by representatives of the National Academy of Education, Autonomous Organisation of Education “Nazarbayev Intellectual Schools”, Centre for Educational Programmes of Nazarbayev Intellectual Schools, Centre for Educational Measurement of Nazarbayev Intellectual Schools, Centre for Teaching Excellence of Nazarbayev Intellectual Schools as well as the Information Analytical Centre of the Ministry of Education and Science.
The round-table meeting has discussed issues of implementing the renewal of content of primary education curriculum in mainstream schools of the Republic of Kazakhstan. In particular, the representatives of the institutions have focused on the issues related to the development of new academic programmes, preliminary results of the educational monitoring of implementing the State Standard of Primary Education, teaching materials and teaching toolkits intended for the renewal of primary education. The participants of the meeting have also discussed results of diagnostic testing of primary education students based in pilot and control schools involved in the renewal of content of primary education curriculum. A special emphasis has been placed on the issues related to professional teacher development as part of the renewal of the content of curriculum.
Professor Colleen McLaughlin of the University of Cambridge and Dr. Kairat Kurakbayev, Director of the Research Institute at Nazarbayev University Graduate School of Education, have shared preliminary findings of the field research conducted in six pilot schools across the regions of Kazakhstan, that are part of piloting the new State Standard of Primary Education. The key goal of the international study is to trace the curriculum reform in the secondary education sector and define measures and conditions that are deemed essential in ensuring continuing development of the academic system. The key themes of the study include the following: renewal and modernisation of the academic assessment system, role of teaching materials in the renewal of content of the curriculum, continuing professional development and its role in the curriculum renewal, resources and conditions for the curriculum renewal and support of mainstream schools by stakeholders and third parties in implementing the new State Standard of Primary Education.