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National qualifications, frameworks and learning: A case study of the Unified National Test (UNT) in Kazakhstan

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  • UserDr Liz Winter, Kazakhstan Programme, Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge. Liz research interests lie in the area of social identity, adult education, widening participation in Higher Education and professional development more generally. World_link
  • ClockThursday 21 February 2013, 17:00-17:45
  • House Faculty of Education, 184 Hills Road, Cambridge, CB2 8PQ, DMB, Room 1S3.

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Apart from having meaningful qualifications with which to leave school, transition from schooling to further study is a vital part to any education system. To this end, this paper asks how well this process is currently being managed in Kazakhstan by means of its terminal school examination and selection mechanism for Higher Education, the Unified National Test (UNT). Although the research question centres upon Kazakhstan as a case study, its objectives are wider in providing insight to this vital transition in any educational system when often the stakeholders’ roles in the design process are potentially disjointed, uninvited or unclear. The paper explores how wholesale educational reform attends to transitions as well as the individual components of an educational system particularly in how a proposed lead on reform to Higher Education through the Bologna Process (2001) pans out elsewhere in education. This allows broader application of the paper to other post-soviet nations (Bethell & Zabulionis, 2012) in which educational values are shifting from assessment through knowledge content to alternative models of an “outcome-orientated” (UNESCO, 2012, p8) or “learning-outcomes” (EQF, 2008) approach.

This talk is part of the Kazakhstan Programme Research Seminar Series series.

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