EIP Public Lecture: Teaching and Learning in Central Asia: Current Realities, Future Possibilities

Date: 06 April 2021
Other languages: Русский язык |
Tuesday, April 6th, 2021, 5:00 PM (KGT, GMT +6)
Dr Bernadette L. Dean
Head of Education Improvement Programme, University of Central Asia.

Since the collapse of the Soviet Union, the Independent States of Central Asia have prioritized education reform to develop their human capital and make their countries competitive globally. They have recognized that in a rapidly changing and highly competitive world, merely providing students with adequate subject knowledge is an outdated educational goal.  Their national standards stress a competence-based pedagogical approach focused on developing students critical and creative thinking, communication, collaboration, connectivity for learning, character qualities, citizenship and cultural pluralism through the core subjects to facilitate success in personal, professional and civic life in the 21st century. The teacher is the key to developing students’ 21st century competences and realizing the goals of education. 

How well-prepared do STEM, ICT and English teachers feel to deliver competence-based education? What are the current teaching and learning practices? What supports are provided to facilitate teaching and student learning and achievement? These questions will be addressed, drawing on the findings from a comprehensive situational analysis conducted in 59 secondary schools from across Kazakhstan (18), Kyrgyzstan (20) and Tajikistan (21). Through a mixed methods research design, data was collected through survey questionnaires and interviews from 334 teachers, 1,342 students, 97 school directors and 471 parents. In addition, 263 lessons in mathematics, the natural sciences, computer science and English were observed. The presentation will conclude by assessing how well the countries are achieving their goals and suggest policies and practices to improve student learning and achievement specific to each country context and more generally to the region. 

About the Presenter
Dr Bernadette L. Dean is Head, University of Central Asia’s Education Improvement Programme (UCA-EIP). She holds a PhD in Education from the University of Alberta, Canada, and an MEd from the Aga Khan University (AKU), Pakistan.

Dr Dean has extensive experience in teaching and research supervision. She has taught students from the early years to PhD and supervised the research of masters and PhD students from Central Asia, East Africa, and Pakistan. She has led educational and research projects, presented academic papers at conferences, and published in journals and books. Recently, she led the conduct of a situational analysis in EIP partner schools in Tajikistan (2020), Kazakhstan (2019) and Kyrgyzstan (2018). In 2006, she developed the framework for Pakistan’s National Curriculum and assisted development of subject curriculums for K-12. She has been an education consultant to development agencies including the British Council, GIZ, UNDP, UNICEF, and USAID. 

Previously, Dr Dean has held senior academic administrative positions in Central Asia and Pakistan. She served as Associate Dean, UCA, Kyrgyzstan; Director, VM Institute for Education; Principal, St. Joseph’s College for Women, Karachi and Kinnaird College for Women, Lahore; Associate Professor, Head, Academic and Student Affairs and Team Leader of the Citizenship Rights and Responsibilities Pakistan Programme at the Aga Khan University’s Institute for Educational Development (AKU-IED). 

Dr Urmatbek Tynaliev, Senior Research Associate, EIP-UCA

The lecture will be given in English.

The lecture will start at 5:00 PM (GMT+6) on 6 April 2021, via Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85876654790?pwd=blFGMVdzNkJuNkRmNkorTkQvVzR0dz09
Meeting ID: 858 7665 4790
Passcode: 381513

*Ideas presented in this lecture reflect the personal opinion of the speaker and do not necessarily represent the views of the University of Central Asia and/or its employees.
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