Current Research Projects
This book explores and provides practical tips to research across and within multicultural contexts. We aim to facilitate researchers (novice and expert) to move beyond the quagmire of possibilities of qualitative research, to feel more self-assured and confident in conducting qualitative research.
CoWriting Kazakh: Language Learning with a Robot
In this three-year, grant-funded study, we are an interdisciplinary team bringing together insights from pedagogical practices, cognitive learning and robotics to address current language reform in Kazakhstan. The reform is creating a change in the national language, Kazakh, to change its script from Cyrillic to Latin. In this study, by integrating learning theories, we are developing ways to support teachers and intergenerational learning.
Select conference presentations:
CoWriting Kazakh. Human-Robot Interaction. Cambridge University. UK.
A three-year, grant-funded study to examine gender and schooling in Kazakhstan, Central Asia.
“This mixed methods study is the first of its kind to investigate the relationship between gender and schooling in Kazakhstan focusing on the curriculum and textbooks, teachers’ discourse and perspectives, institutional structures and leadership and students’ practices and perspectives. The project is funded by Nazarbayev University under its Faculty Competitive Grant Programme.”
Select conference presentations:
Durrani, N., CohenMiller, A., Kataeva, Z., Badanova, A., & Seitkhadyrova, A. (under review). “Ann’s much ____ (beautiful) than Mary”: Gendered discourses in secondary school textbooks in Kazakhstan. UKFIET: The Education and Development Forum. Oxford, UK. September.
Durrani, N., Kataeva, Z., CohenMiller, A. S., & Seitkhadyrova, A. (under review). Doing Gender in Textbooks: An Analysis of Secondary School Textbooks in Kazakhstan. European Conference on Educational Research (ECER). Hamburg, Germany. September.
Durrani, N., Kataeva, Z., CohenMiller, A., & Seitkhadyrova, A., & Badanova, A., (under review). The Fearful khan and the delightful beauties. Masculinities and femininities in school textbooks in Kazakhstan. Central Eurasian Studies Society (CESS) Conference. Washington, DC, USA. October.
In 2015, Dr. CohenMiller founded The Motherscholar Project as an international, arts-based campaign to develop awareness, community, and empowerment for those vulnerable within the academia pipeline, mothers. Today, the Project highlights over 150 women from five continents, with children ranging in age from newborn to mid-30s, and professional rank from student to professor emeritus and dean. As an outcome of this Project, international workshops, online forums, support groups, and writing retreats have been developed and implemented.
Dr. CohenMiller co-founded the interdisciplinary Consortium of Gender Scholars (GenCon) to bring together and support gender scholars in Kazakhstan and those who study the Central Asian context. GenCon’s primary purpose is to generate research designed to make meaningful change in various areas of society with regard to gender equality and the advancement of women. GenCon is interdisciplinary and based at Nazarbayev University, Astana, Kazakhstan.
Projects have included:
- grant-funded research (see gender audit of curriculum as organizational learning
- biweekly research talks
- international Gender Forum
In 2011, Dr. CohenMiller co-founded the Journal as the first open-access publication at the intersection of popular culture and pedagogy. Throughout the years, the Journal has expanded to emphasize the ways in which pedagogical practices integrating popular culture can facilitate teaching and learning in secondary and post-secondary contexts. In addition to formal academic articles, Dr. CohenMiller expanded the volumes to include short academic online articles–Musings on Pedagogy and Popular Culture–and reviews–Book, Film, Video, Conference.
- Bodies in Motion: Challenging Imagery, Tradition, and Teaching
- Otherness, Survival, and Hope: Pedagogies in Popular Culture
- Criminals as Heroes: Problems and Pedagogy in Popular Culture
Primarily focused on educational reform in Kazakhstan, this journal presents original,
English-language, scholarly work in the form of empirical studies, critical article/book reviews, theoretical analysis papers and evaluative policy analysis papers.