Dayana Balgabekova


Research title: Teacher Learning in the Context of Lesson Study in Kazakhstan

Research Summary

Throughout my educational and professional journey, I have become passionate about education, which has brought me to the field of teacher professional learning. My research project focuses on understanding teacher learning through Lesson Study professional development model in Kazakhstan

Lesson Study is a structured, collaborative activity that combines practice and theory with an inquiry-oriented approach to teachers’ professional development. The aim of Lesson Study is to support teachers’ exploration and implementation of effective teaching practices, through detailed examination of students’ learning in lessons. It is an organised cycle of several phases such as goal setting, curriculum analysis, lesson planning, teaching a lesson while being observed, and debriefing and reflecting in an open and collaborative setting. Lesson Study originated in Japan more than 140 years ago and since then has expanded to other teaching contexts around the world.

My study aims to explore how Lesson Study contributes to teacher learning in Kazakhstan, where it was introduced as part of educational reform on teacher professional development in 2012.


PhD course - International Scholarship of the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan 'Bolashak'


Graduate Skills Programme Tutor, University of Glasgow College of Social Sciences (2018-2020), Glasgow, United Kingdom:delivering employability workshops to undergraduate and postgraduate students.

English Language Instructor, Educational Excellence Centre of Nazarbayev University (2016-2017) Kazakhstan: taught English and IELTS preparation courses for adult learners.

English Language Teacher, International School of Astana (2015-2016) Astana, Kazakhstan: taught Academic English to the students of 5-7th grades, was responsible for developing short-term lesson plans and working with a team of international teachers.

English Language Teacher, Nazarbayev Intellectual School (2013-2015) Kokshetau, Kazakhstan: taught Academic English, IELTS preparation course and Critical Thinking course to the students of 9-12th grades.

Teaching Assistant, Pre-departure Orientation (July 2010) American Councils for International Education, Astana, Almaty, Kazakhstan: conducted workshops for cultural adaptation, leadership and team building for high school students.

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