Nazarbayev Intellectual Schools Graduates’ opinions as a factor of validity in the development of educational processes and assessment of learning outcomes

Nazarbayev Intellectual Schools Graduates’ opinions as a factor of validity in the development of educational processes and assessment of learning outcomes

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Nazarbayev Intellectual Schools Graduates’ opinions as a factor of validity in the development of educational processes and assessment of learning outcomes

The opinion of school leavers and higher education graduates has the potential to provide institutions with significant qualitative data with which to reflect on the relative success of their students’, learning journeys, both in terms of the quality of their education and the validity of methods used to assess learning outcomes. Analyzing data relating to students’, educational preparation for university and their subsequent experience of higher education will provide:1. An accumulation of detailed information relating to students’, pedagogical experiences.2. The relevance of these results with regard to a students’, subsequent performance in higher education and preparations for future careers.The case-study presented here examines the experience of students who have studied at 6 Nazabayev Intellectual Schools (NIS) in the Republic of Kazakhstan (at least 458 responses from undergraduates enrolled on degree programs at the different universities across the Republic of Kazakhstan have been received). Each was questioned on their satisfaction with, and perceived relevance of the education received at their NIS school and also the education they are currently receiving at their chosen University.Criteria used for the design of each student’,s questionnaire included: recent academic and extracurricular achievements at their chosen university, specific factors characterizing an individual’,s academic experience at their chosen university, NIS results used to obtain their place at university, satisfaction with their NIS education, examination results obtained at their NIS school, perceived relevance of their NIS education. The questionnaire was delivered by means of an online survey.Keywords: Graduates’, opinions, satisfaction with education, learning outcomes, learning potential.

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