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.