ERIC Number: EJ1058841
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Jan
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 29
Importing Education: Europeanisation and the Bologna Process in Europe's Backyard--The Case of Kazakhstan
Tampayeva, Gulnara Y.
European Educational Research Journal, v14 n1 p74-85 Jan 2015
This article studies the problem of the implementation of European educational standards in Kazakhstan higher education. This is considered in the frame of post-socialist education, when reforms in several post-Soviet states were undertaken under the Bologna Process. Kazakhstan, as this article argues, is justified for consideration in the frame of those post-Soviet countries involved in the Bologna Process (the Caucasus and the Baltic states) rather than in the context of neighboring Central Asian countries, which is the case found typically in the existing literature. The outcome derives from the nature of educational reforms in Kazakhstan undertaken at the system level similar to those of states that joined the European Higher Education Area. The theme is grounded in the theory of educational policy borrowing and focuses on how the borrowed patterns display themselves in the local Kazakhstan context and how they are "recontextualized" there. This article draws upon the analysis of interviews with teaching professionals conducted in four Kazakhstan higher education institutions. While the typical package of the standards of the Bologna Process to be implemented includes a wide range of norms, this article is limited by the analysis of the implementation of a testing system in Kazakhstan higher education.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Educational Change, Educational Policy, Colleges, College Faculty, Academic Standards, Testing, International Cooperation, Student Mobility, Semi Structured Interviews, Discourse Analysis
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Kazakhstan