Advanced projects and methods in education
Constructive dialogue between teachers, researchers, the public and Kazakhstan’s education system developers was held in Astana. Representatives of 16 countries, nearly 700 education experts took part in the annual international conference. Participants discussed innovative ideas and teaching techniques. The Conference was organized by Nazarbayev Intellectual Schools. Nazarbayev Intellectual Schools are on the forefront of educational reform in Kazakhstan. The most advanced, innovative and interesting teaching methods are tested in these schools. According to organizers, teachers’ understanding of the new educational system was the main concern of the conference this year.
Kulyash SHAMSHIDINOVA, CHAIRWOMAN, NAZARBAYEV INTELLECTUAL SCHOOLS:
A new educational system is being introduced in primary schools this year. We understand that the new educational standards are mainly developed by a certain group of people, methodologists, scientists and specialists in the sphere but teachers introduce them. Therefore, it is important to make sure that teachers understand the new reforms.
Kazakhstan’s most interesting projects were presented at the conference. One of them ‘Research practice in action’ is actively implemented by Kazakh teachers at present. Kazakhstan’s project is being implemented jointly with Cambridge University and supports teacher’s self-reflection.
Svetlana ISPUSSINOVA, DEPUTY CHAIRWOMAN, NAZARBAYEV INTELLECTUAL SCHOOLS AEO:
We train teachers how to evaluate their own performance: what yielded results, what did not, what should be changed. It is truly a new dimension when a teacher studies his or her own performance. Research in action helps to understand how to build an individual approach to a student.
Conference organizers also held a specialized exhibition. Teachers could see how advanced technologies can help in teaching. For instance, this robot can introduce basics of robotics to young designers. The robot needs to be assembled before use.
A part of the exhibition was devoted to Kazakhstan’s textbook publishing houses. It featured a set of specialized materials, new generation teaching aids. According to experts, these books are fundamentally different from the usual textbooks.
Botagoz DABYLOVA, DEPARTMENT DIRECTOR, NAZARBAYEV INTELLECTUAL SCHOOLS:
If previously schools focused on children’s acquisition of theoretical knowledge now more attention is paid to the development of students’ research skills, as well as interdisciplinary learning. That is, if earlier studying mathematics was one-sided now it is integrated with other subjects, for instance with biology. Moreover, the new textbooks help school students to learn English.
An electronic collection of articles with the participants’ best scientific reports was issued at the end of the conference. This manual will serve to further improve Kazakhstan’s educational system.