Nazarbayev University
Graduate School of Education

Graduate School of Education

Janet Helmer


Janet Helmer
Associate Professor
Office Phone:
+7 (7172) 704970
Higher education


EdD: Educational Leadership, Policy and Administration (School Education)

University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, USA


CAGS: Curriculum and Assessment

Plymouth State University, Plymouth, NH, USA


MEd: Curriculum Development

Framingham State College, Framingham, MA, USA


Courses taught at GSE:

  • EDIE 624 Psychology of Learning
  • EDSE 620 Perspectives on Inclusive Education
  • EDUC 600 Research Methods II (Quantitative)
  • EDUC 670/671 Work-based/Internship-based Project

Thematic areas of research specialization:

Pre-school Education

School education

Inclusive education

Other cross-sectional issues in education

Research subthemes:

Pre-school education: early literacy, technology

School education: curriculum,, teaching and learning, assessment, leadership, teacher identity, well-being

Inclusive education: inclusion and instruction, marginalized populations

Cross-sectional: wellbeing, educational reform and policy, technology

Geographic areas of research specialization

Kazakhstan, Australia, Cambodia


Funded Projects

  • Four Reviews of Evidence, 2014, NT Children’s Commission & NT Child Deaths and Prevention Committee
  • Tanah Papua: Building capacity for rural/remote Indonesia (R14-0314) (Co-PI), 2014 Australia Leadership Awards Fellowships
  • Technology Integration Practice as a Principle of Pedagogical Expertise in Territory Primary Schools (PI), 2011. Northern Territory Research and Innovation Board Grant
  • ABRACADABRA technology: A case study design: How can foundational literacy in regional and remote schools best be improved with technology, (Co- PI), 2009 Channel Seven Children’s Research Foundation grant
  • ABRACADABRA: Improving foundational literacy through technology in regional and remote schools (Co-PI), 2009, Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies, 26,000 AUD


  • Senior, K., Helmer, J., & Chenhall, R. (2016). “As long as he’s coming home to me”: Vulnerability, jealousy and violence in young people’s relationships in remote, rural and regional Australia. Health Sociology Review, 25(1).
  • Senior, K., Helmer, J., & Vodic, A. (2015). Gangster style, foreigner style: Young people, consumerism, and intergenerational tension in a Cambodian province. International Journal of Humanities and Social Science, 5(2).
  • Helmer, J. & Senior, K., Davison, B. & Vodic, A. (2015) Improving youth sexual health: Making sexuality education a priority. Sex Education: Sexuality, Society and Learning, 15(2), pp.158-171.
  • Helmer, J., Cunningham, T., & Senior, K., (2014). The need for a comprehensive survey of young people in the Northern Territory. Applied Research In Quality of Life.
  • Senior, K., Helmer, J., Chenhall, R., and Burbank, V. (2014). ‘Young, clean and safe?’ young people’s perceptions of risk from sexually transmitted infections in remote and regional Australia. Culture, Health, and Sexuality, published online: 28 Feb 2014
  • Wolgemuth, J.R., Abrami, P., Helmer, J., Savage, R., Harper, H., and Lea, T. (2014). Examining the impact of ABRACADABRA on early literacy in North Australia: Animplementation fidelity study. The Journal of Educational Research, 299-311.
  • Wolgemuth, J.R., Harper, H., Hernandez, P.R. and Helmer, J. (2013) ‘Cultural validity of the group reading assessment and diagnostic evaluation level K phonological awareness scale for indigenous Australians’, Int. J. Quantitative Research in Education, 1 (3), pp.229–250
  • Helmer, J., Harper, H., Lea, T., Wolgemuth, JR, Chalkiti, K. (2013). Challenges of conducting systematic research in remote settings. Asia Pacific Journal of Education. ht