About my theisis choice

While attending “Professional identity” elective I became interested in exploring teacher professionalism at the site of NIS school. The notion of teacher professionalism has been changing within different historical periods. The attitude towards teacher professionalism has been influenced by ideological, political, economic and social factors in Kazakhstan. Teacher professionalism is a complex and controversial phenomenon and this work is aimed at focusing on the main issues that have an impact and define teacher professionalism in Kazakhstan.

While many studies explored teacher professionalism, there are not many studies in Kazakhstani context. The purpose of this study is to understand the central phenomenon of teacher professionalism and identify the challenges and strategies to cope with the challenges.

Readings by Andy Hargreaves and Michael Fullan were the most useful for my thesis writing and provided me with background information for the study. I also found other research works that will be useful for my literature review. I am planning to explore the research works, find common themes among them.

Now I am thinking about the research questions that I would like to explore in my thesis. I find it quite challenging as still I am not quite confident which aspect of teacher professionalism I would like to explore.

12 thoughts on “About my theisis choice

  1. To my mind, teacher professionalism must be explored in the context of Kazakhstan due to different reasons. Firstly, there is an issue of low teacher status which results in low perception of society. Secondly, teachers themselves choose this profession, unfortunately, not because it is their passion, but due to poor selectivity process. Unfortunately, many teachers do not go to teaching after graduation. This issue is of high importance.
    I also wonder are you going to study teacher professionalism at the site of NIS only or compare it with mainstrea, schools?


    1. Actually I am not quite agree with your statement that present teachers have a low status. It is arguable because not all teachers are the same and I know a lot of teachers who shows their best in the area of the study. And the society vey respect and support them. In terms of perception, I can say that in any professions have different perspectives as well. There are lot of people who sometimes are not able to do such work that is why they spread this idea.
      Also it terms of teachers who do not go teaching after graduation I will partially agree with you, however there are another professions where the talented specialists do not go to work of their main major. Instead to work of their major they prefer to work as a water, salesman, entrepreneurs and so on. I think it is ‘normal’ behaviour in our market world where most of people have to choose the professions because of money, that is ‘rule of the game’ (Fowler, 2009). To sum up my point, I can say that if you would like to investigate the topic about ‘Professional identity’ I recomend you choose mostly practically topic rather than theoretically aspects of education it would have benefits for all stakeholders. Good luck.


    2. Dear Botagoz,
      In my research I would like to explore the challenges of teacher professionalism and how teachers cope with them to stay professionals in their field. I would basically focus on NIS site as there is an access to take interviews from my colleagues. Moreover, all NIS teachers came from mainstream schools and they can share their previous and current experiences.


      1. Dear Botagoz,
        In my research I would like to explore the challenges of teacher professionalism and how teachers cope with them to stay professionals in their field. I would basically focus on NIS site as there is an access to take interviews from my colleagues. Moreover, all NIS teachers came from mainstream schools and they can share their previous and current experiences.

        Dear Oral,

        To some extent, I agree with you as there is no grounded research in Kazakhstan whether Kazakhstani teachers suffer from low status of their occupation.
        On the other hand, majority of Kazakhstani school-leavers do not feel enthusiastic pursuing teacher career and prefer Economics or Law instead. For example, among our last year graduates only one or two students entered Pedagogical higher institutions. We are likely to face teacher shortage in the next decade, I am afraid.


  2. Indeed, teacher professionalism is such a huge area of interest and there are copious of aspects you could explore. It’s awesome that you are going to investigate not only the challehges but also the solutions to them. It’s nice to see the problems and know how to deal with them, isn’t it?
    What still worries me though is that the term is so broad – you can be lost in the sea of research and it might be dreadfully challenging for you to focus on particular aspects. What are your thoughts about it?


    1. Dear Gulnara,
      Thank you for celebrating my choice of research field!

      In order not to get lost in the world of research, I will focus on two aspects in my thesis: challenges that prevent teacher professionalism and solutions that teachers suggest in order to stay professional in their field.


  3. Thanks Bamirova! You are the first student to finish the first blog assignment. There is only one more thing you need to do: On your posts, add the category “Section 2”. This will let @anninastana you are ready for her to grade it. You add the category label by going to Edit post, then look for Categories on the left side menu.


  4. Hi, Bamirova! I am sure that your research will make a contribution to the issue of teacher professionalism and teacher identity in our country. Consult works by Prof. Shamatov, as he has the same background as we do and his ideas are closer and more understandable to us.

    To my mind, the purpose of your study “to understand the central phenomenon of teacher professionalism and identify the challenges and strategies to cope with the challenges” is too broad. I recommend you to be more specific.

    As for the research questions, may be, you will try to have a look at the correlation between teacher professionalism and the system of attestation. Do teachers really develop their professional level or they just do it for getting a new rank (category) at the attestation?

    The organization, clarity, word choice and grammar of your post is good enough. Good luck!


    1. Dear Nurlybek,

      Thank you for your insightful comment! I am also aware of the broadness of my research. That is why I am planning to focus on challenges and solutions only. My research is going to be based on qualitative approach that is why I am not planning to focus on correlation. Interviewing my colleagues I would like to explore the challenges that prevent sustaining teacher professionalism and how teachers cope with them.


  5. Dear Bakhyt, I found your topic closely related to mine – teacher leadership.

    I think leadership capacity is overarching and framing teacher professionalism.

    However, as a thesis topic I find the term “professionalism” too broad and hard to measure.

    I suppose you need to identify definite aspects of teacher professionalism that you are aimed to explore and analyze. For instance, understanding, action, behaviour and character. Or may be appearance, interaction with students, interection with collegues and professional interests. I think if your focus is as much narrow and specific as possible, so your study will be doable, measurable and achievable.

    As a contribution to your study I suggest you to consult the sources below. Hope, my contribution was heplful, rather than сonfusing))) Good luck!

    Niyozov, S. (2011). Revisiting teacher professionalism discourse through teachers’ professional lives in post-Soviet Tajikistan. In I. Silova (Ed.), Globalization on the margins: Education and postsocialist transformations in Central Asia (pp. 287–312). Charlotte, NC: Information Age.

    Tichenor M.S., Tichenor M. J. (2015). Understanding Teachers’ Perspectives on
    Professionalism. Stetson University Press. Volume XXVII • Number 1 & 2 • Fall 2004 & Spring 2005. http://files.eric.ed.gov/fulltext/EJ728484.pdf

    Zeiger S. (n.d.). Signs of Professionalism in a Teacher. Demand Media. http://work.chron.com/signs-professionalism-teacher-9324.html


  6. Bakyt,

    Welcome to blogging.

    This doesn’t look like the minimum of 300 words for a blog post. I would have liked to see more about exactly why you chose your thesis topic—an account of the development of your thinking to reach the topic of teacher professionalism. You could have elaborated on the course called “Professional Identity” and how that influenced your decision-making. There seemed to be a big jump between your first and second sentences. Why were Hargreaves and Fullan influential? You could have mentioned a few of their books and practicing APA referencing. And do you have any idea so far what your research questions will be? This is interesting but leaves me “hanging.”

    Be sure to proofread. There’s a big typo in the title in big font (thesis).

    Sentence revision: While attending the course called “Professional Identity,” I became interested in……
    Don’t forget the comma at the end of a long adverb clause at the beginning of a sentence. For example: When I got home from a long day at the office, I sat down and had a cup of tea.

    Also the last sentence of your first paragraph is a long compound-complex sentence. In those sentences, be sure to place a comma before the coordinating conjunction that separates the two independent clauses–in this case before the word AND.

    3 out of 5


  7. Robin,

    Thank you for your comments, they are very insightful and useful! I was in a hurry while posting my ideas and now feel dissatisfied with the quality of my work!.

    I will pay more attention to the structure and the language of my next post.


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