Talgat Zhussipbek

Email: tzhussipbek1@sheffield.ac.uk
Supervisor: Professor Pat Sikes

Programme: PhD

Thesis Title:

'Co-educational or gender-segregated: students' and alumni's perceptions and experiences'

Details of research:

Research findings from a range of countries provide conflicting evidence as to the social and educational consequences of single-sex schooling. In Kazakhstan there is some evidence pointing to enhanced academic performance for both sexes in single-sex schools. Although, the fact that students in these institutions board – giving schools more control over how they spend their time - and are also more likely to be from families where education is valued, complicates matters. Learners’ academic success in Kazakhstani single-sex secondary schools inspired my interest about students’ experiences and perceptions of how a single-sex environment affects student’s academic progress as such, the primary research question is: Does gender-segregation have an impact on students’ academic performance? This overarching research question underpins the aim of the study which is: to explore students’ and alumni views on the impact of single-sex secondary schools in Kazakhstan on student’s academic success. The reason for focusing on students’ and alumni perceptions is based on a personal interest in their experience at single-sex secondary schools and my aspirations to gain insight into gender-segregation in Kazakhstani secondary schools.

It is hoped this research will have the potential to provide some constructive arguments and ideas for policymakers in respect of educational change management.

Qualifications

2009: BA, Foreign Languages (English, French), Kostanay State Pedagogical Institute

2013: MA: Foreign Languages (English, Turkish), Suleyman Demirel University