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Seminar: Gender and educational discourses in Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan is a post-Soviet, modernising country with no gender disparity in access to schooling. Yet, multi-sectoral gender gaps at the expense of women exist alongside the prevalence of intimate partner violence and high levels of its social accessibility. Despite Kazakhstani girls doing better than boys in science and performing similarly as boys in mathematics, gendered patterns are visible in disciplinary choices in post-compulsory education, resulting in the concentration of women in feminised sectors of the economy—education and health—with low social status and wages. These educational, economic and social trends raise the question of the role of education in the (re)production of the gender order in Kazakhstan. Drawing on poststructuralist notions of discourse and gender, this paper explores the role of education in the production of gender in Kazakhstan by analysing secondary school textbooks and teachers’ discourses.

Prof Naureen Durrani
Naureen Durrani is Professor and Research Chair in School Education in the Graduate School of Education, Nazarbayev University. She is a teacher educator and a sociologist of education. Her research interests lie in the social, cultural, political and economic influences on education policy formulation and enactment, and the outcomes of education on identity formation and gender relations. Naureen draws on poststructural and postcolonial theories to produce contextually relevant and situated studies on a range of key topics in education studies – curriculum, teacher governance and education, citizenship identities and youth.

This seminar is part of the open research series, 'Education, the global South, and Beyond', at the Department of Education. It is being held Thursdays lunchtime, 1 to 2 pm, in the Zoom meeting room. This series aims to create an interactive space for postgraduate students, doctoral and early career researchers, scholars, research practitioners and faculty to meet in a relaxed, supportive and collaborative environment to discuss topics of international education, development and related issues. A Zoom link will be shared on the Diversity, Equity and Education Collective (DeCol) webpage.
DeCol is a network of international scholars, mostly doctoral, postdoctoral and early career researchers working on issues of education and development. It will aim to expand research and practice in education and beyond by inclusion of multi-disciplinary perspectives, creative approaches, and contextualised understandings of multiple lived realities and experiences in diverse international contexts.
Everyone warmly welcome!

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Topic: Gender and educational discourses in Kazakhstan
Time: May 27, 2021 01:00 PM London

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