Nazarbayev University
Graduate School of Education

Graduate School of Education

Mir Afzal Tajik

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Mir Afzal Tajik
Position:
Associate Professor
Office Phone:
+7 7172 694965
Specializations:
Higher education
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Education:

PhD, 2004, Educational Change / School Improvement, Ontario Institute for Studies

in Education, University of Toronto (OISE/UT) Canada

From educational reformers to community developer: The changing roles of field education officers

MEd, 1998, Teacher Education, Aga Khan University, Institute for Educational Development (AKU-IED), Pakistan

The influences of teachers’ beliefs about mathematics on their practices of teaching mathematics

 

Courses taught at GSE:

  • EDSE 609 (MSc-SE), Intro to Educational Leadership (Fall 2016, Summer 2017)
  • EDUC 640 (MSc-SE), Thesis Seminar (Fall 2016, Spring 2017, Summer 2017; Fall 2017)
  • EDUC 670 / 671 (MSc-SE), Internship / Work-based Project (Spring 2017, 2018)
  • EDSE 632 (MSc-SE), School Improvement and Effectiveness (Fall 2017)
  • ERUC 675 (MSc-SE), Learning to Work (Spring 2018)

 

Thematic areas of research specialization:

School education

Higher education

Other cross-sectional issues in education

 

Research subthemes:

leadership, teaching and learning, school improvement and effectiveness, community-based school management; educational change, teacher education; civil society institution, peace and pluralism

Geographic areas of research specialization: Pakistan, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Kazakhstan

 

Funded Projects:

  • Issues of quality education in rural schools in Kazakhstan, 2018—2020, USD 62,507: Project funded by NU Faculty Development Grant: Role, Principal Investigator
  • Effectiveness of Bolashak International Scholarship Program (2017—2018): project funded by Centre of International Program, Ministry of Education and Science, Kazakhstan: Role, Research Team member.
  • Graduate students’ struggle with academic reading and writing, 2016—2018, US$ 12,000: project funded by the Aga Khan University, Pakistan: Role, Co-Principal Investigator
  • Role of Civil Society Institutions in Promoting Diversity and Pluralism in Pakistan, 2013—2016: Rs. 3.16 Million (around US$ 31,000): project funded by the Higher Education Commission of Pakistan: Role, Principal Investigator
  • Nature of Learning Experience of Masters Students and Application of Learning, 2014—2015, US$ 10,000: project funded by DFATD, Canada (as part of STEP Project): Role, Co-Principal Investigator
  • Studying effectiveness of 4 community-based Model Schools in Northern Pakistan, 2011—2012, Rs.0.8 Million (around US$ 8,000): project funded by the Aga Khan Education Services, Pakistan: Role, Principal Investigator
  • The Successes and challenges of District Education Officers in Pakistan, 2010—2012, Rs. 0.7 Million (around US$ 7,000): project funded by Ed-Links, Aga Khan University, Pakistan: Role, Senior Researcher
  • An impact study of AKU-IED’s capacity-building Programs in Afghanistan, 2009—2011, Rs. 0.5 Million (around US$ 5,000): projected funded by Aga Khan University, Pakistan: Role, Principal Investigator
  • Evaluation study of Aga Khan Lyce, Khorog, Tajikistan, 2005—2006: project funded by Aga Khan Development Network: Role, Principal Investigator

 

Publications and presentations:

 ARTICLES AND BOOK CHAPTERS

  • Bashiruddin, A. & Tajik, M. A. (2018: in press). The nature of experience of MEd graduates sponsored by the Strengthening Teacher Education in Pakistan (STEP) Project: A phenomenological study. In T. Ali and S. Niyozov (Eds.) Lessons from Implementation of Educational Reform in Pakistan: Implications for Policy and Practice. Oxford University Press, Karachi, Pakistan.
  • Tajik, M.A. (2018—in press). Promoting Peace and Pluralism in the Rural, Mountainous Region of Chitral, Pakistan, in C. Faucher & D. Qadamzoda (Eds.), Identity, History and Trans-Nationality in Central Asia: The Mountain Communities of Pamir.  Routledge, London.
  • Jenson, J., Pitzalis, M., DeYoung, A. & Tajik, M.A. (2018-in press). Thinking about the future: Global mountain students and educational choices, in Kingsolver & S. Balasundaram (Eds.), Global Mountain Regions: A Dialogue Toward the Future.  Bloomingon, Indiana, USA.
  • Bashiruddin, A. Tajik, M.A. & Rizvi, N.F. (2017: under review). Introduction, in A. Bashiruddin and N. Rizvi (Eds), Signature Pedagogies of AKU-IED, Pakistan. Oxford University Press, Karachi, Pakistan.
  • Tajik, M.A. (2012). Improving the quality of education through enhancing teacher’s capacity. In A. Bashiruddin & Z. Bana (Eds.) Education in Pakistan: Learning from research partnerships. Oxford University Press, Karachi, Pakistan.
  • Tajik, M.A. (2011). Change agents’ orientations to change: experience from Pakistan. International Journal of Humanities and Social Science, 1(2) 1-13
  • Tajik. M. A. (2010). Change strategies of change agents.  In J. Khaki and Q. Safdar (Eds.) Educational Leadership in Pakistan: Ideals and Realities. Oxford University Press, Karachi, Pakistan.
  • Tajik, M. A. (2008). External change agents in developed and developing countries.  International Journal of Improving Schools, 2(3) 251-271
  • Ashraf, D., Khaki, J., Shamatov, D., Tajik, M. A., & Vazir, N. (2005). Reconceptualization of teacher education: Experiences from multicultural developing country context.  International Journal of Transformative Education, 3(3), 271-288
  • Ashraf, D., Khaki, J., Shamatov, D., Tajik, M. A., & Vazir, N. (2004). Addressing multicultural issues in teacher education: Experiences from Pakistan.  In K. Mundel & D. Schugurensky (Eds.), Lifelong citizenship learning, participatory democracy and social change (Volume I, pp. 100-107).  Toronto, Canada: Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto.
  • Tajik, M. A. (2002). From the peripheries of Himalayas to the Entrance of OISE/UT: A reflective journey toward professionalism.  Journal of Among Teachers Community, 31(September 2001), 23-24.
  • Tajik, M. A. (2001). Discovery, construction and reconstruction of the Past through telling and retelling the stories I live.  Journal of Among Teachers Community, 29(January 2001), 2-3.
  • Tajik, M. A. (1998). Teachers’ understanding of word problems.  In B. Jaworski (Ed.), Learning mathematics with understanding.  AKU-IED, Karachi: Pakistan.

 BOOK

Ashraf, D. Tajik, M.A. & Niyozv, S. (2017). Educational Policies in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Tajikistan: Contested Terrain in Twenty-First Century. Lexington Books, USA.

CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS

  • Tajik, M. A. (2018). Students’ experiences of academic reading and writing in graduate program in Pakistan. Paper presented at the 8th Annual Conference on Foreign Language Teaching and Applied Linguistics, (May 10—11, 2018), KIMEP University, Almaty, Kazakhstan.
  • Tajik, M. A. (2018). Evaluation of Bolashak International Scholarship Program in Kazakhstan. Paper presented at the International Conference of Comparative and International Education Society (CIES), (March 25—29, 2018), Mexico City.
  • Tajik, M. A. (2018). Graduates struggles with academic reading and writing. Paper presented at the International Conference of Comparative and International Education Society (CIES), (March 25—29, 2018), Mexico City.
  • Tajik, M.A. (2017). Transforming Teachers as Agents of Change: A Qualitative Case Study. Paper presented at the 2nd International conference on future Education (November 16—18, 2017), Rome, Italy.
  • Tajik, M.A. (2017). Educational Policies in Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Tajikistan: Contested Terrain in the Twenty-First Century. Book Panel Presentation at the CESS conference, (June 29 to July 2, 2017), Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. (Presented through Skype).
  • Tajik, M. A. and Shamatov, D. (2017). Teaching research and supervision of masters and PhD students: Experience from NUGSE. Paper presented at the VI Eurasian Higher Education Leaders’ Forum: Governance, Management and Leadership in Higher Education (May 31st—June 1st, 2017), Kazakhstan.
  • Tajik, M.A. (2015). Nature of experiences of MEd graduates and how these experience have helped their own professional growth and their ability to bring about positive changes in their schools. Paper presented in the International Conference held on November 19—21, 2015, AKU-IED, Karachi, Pakistan.
  • Tajik, M.A. (2014). Building communities by building schools in the rural, mountainous regions of Pakistan.  Paper presented in the International Conference of Comparative International Education Society (CIES), March 10—16, 2014, Toronto, Canada;
  • Tajik, M.A. (2013). Self-help community development in the rural, mountainous districts of Northern Pakistan. The 14th Annual Conference of Central Eurasian Studies Society, October 3 - 6, 2013, University of Wisconsin – Madison, USA
  • Tajik, M.A. (2012). The Tooth-less Tigers: Role perceptions of District Education Officers in Pakistan. Paper presented in the International Conference, November 1—3, 2012, AKU-IED Karachi.
  • Tajik, M.A. ( 2011). Reforms in Primary Education: Experience from PDC, Chitral.  Paper presented at the Annual Research Institute, November 28—30, 2011, AKU-IED, Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania.
  • Tajik, M.A. (2011). Lessons Learnt from Institutional Partnerships: Pak-Norway Institutional Cooperation. Paper presented at the Two-Day Research Seminar, June 5—6, 2011, Bara Gali, Peshawar University.
  • Tajik, M. A. (2008). Improving the Quality of Education through Improving Teachers’ Capacity:  Policy Implications for Higher Education Commission of Pakistan.  Paper presented at the International Conference on Higher Education in Pakistan: Trends and Prospects, July 18—25, 2008, Bara Gali, Peshawar University.
  • Tajik, M.A. (2008). The Role of Teachers’ Professional Development for Improving the Quality of Education.  Paper presented at the Educational Seminar, February 2008, Chitral, Pakistan.
  • Tajik, M. A. (2006). Transforming Teachers and Teaching Practices in Afghanistan.  Paper presented at International Conference on Learning Together for Tomorrow: Education for Sustainable development.  December 6—8, 2006, UNESCO Bangkok, Thailand.
  • Tajik, M. A. (2006). Strategies and Orientations to Change.  Paper presented at the International Conference on Quality in Education: Teaching and Leadership in Challenging Times, February 21—23, 2006, The Aga Khan University, Institute for Educational Development, Karachi, Pakistan.
  • Tajik, M.A. (2006). Strategies for Making School Change and Community Development as Mutually Supportive Courses of Action.  Paper presented at the International Conference on Local Governance, Texts and Contexts: South Asian Education Experience in Knowledge Generation, February 1—2, 2006, Lahore, Pakistan.
  • Tajik, M.A. (2005). From Educational Reformers to Community Developers: The Changing Role of Field Education Officers in Pakistan.  Paper presented at the Comparative International Educational Society (CIES), March, 2005, Stanford University, CA, USA.
  • Tajik, M.A. (2003). Reconceptualization of Teacher Education: Experiences from Multicultural Developing Country Context.  Paper presented at the international conference on Transformative Learning Communities (TLC), October, 2003, OISE/UT, Toronto: Canada.
  • Tajik, M. A. (2003). Change Knowledge of Field Education Officers of AKES,P.  Paper presented at the Comparative International Educational Society (CIES), March, 2003, New Orleans: USA.
  • Tajik, M. A. (2003). Teaching History in Post-Soviet Central Asian States.  Paper presented at the International Conference on Central Asian Studies, November, 2003, Toronto: Canada.
  • Tajik, M. A. (2001). Professionalizing Teacher Education: A Change Model from Pakistan.  Paper presented at the International Congress on School Improvement and Effectiveness (ICSIE), January, 2001, Toronto: Canada.