Kathy Malone, PhD

Associate Professor

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1994 …2022

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Research interests

Teacher Education - inservice and preservice

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Pedagogical Practices - Authenic Science Practices, Models and Modelling, Engineering Design Challenges

Curriculum Development - Integreated, STEAM and STEM  - ealry childhood, primary, secondary and higher education

Blended Learning in Higher Education 

Personal profile

I am an Associate Professor in STEM/STEAM education in the Graduate School of Education at Nazarbayev University.  I previously was working in the United States as an Assistant Professor at The Ohio State University and a fellow at the National Science Foundation. 

I am and have been the PI of a number of funded projects both in the US and Kazakhstan.  Many of these projects focus on the implementation of authentic STEM/STEAM practices in both primary and secondary schools.  These practices include constructivist approaches to teaching, argumentation and student discourse, dramatic inquiry, models and modelling as well as engineering design practices.  The implemented instructional materials are integrated across multiple disciplines.   

My research also addresses teacher education and how to scaffold teachers in the use of engaging pedagogies via classroom observations, teacher workshops, and higher education courses included blended learning.   

Teaching

My philosophy of teaching is that in order for my students to grow as practitioners of education they must construct their own understanding of the concepts covered in my courses.  This means that my classes are places where students practice mean-making.  Thus, they are constructivist in nature.  They are constantly asked to not only learn theory but also to apply this theory to practice.  My teaching significantly overlaps with my research interests.  

Education/Academic qualification

Cognition and Instruction, PhD, Carnegie Mellon University

Award Date: May 14 2006

Instructional Science, MA, Carnegie Mellon University

Award Date: May 12 2002

Science Teaching, MA, University of New Orleans

Award Date: May 11 1985

Biology, BA, University of New Orleans

Award Date: May 8 1983

Secondary Education in Biology, Chemistry & Physics, BS, University of New Orleans

Award Date: May 8 1983

External positions

Postdoctoral scholar, University of Pittsburgh

Mar 2014Aug 2014

Assistant professor, Ohio State University

20142017

National Science Foundation

20122014

Department Chair, Shady Side Academy

19952012

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Projects

Inclusive Early Childhood Education and Care (IECE) in Kazakhstan: An Explanatory Mixed-Method Approach

Polat, F., Helmer, J., Malone, K., Zhontayeva, Z. & Gallagher, P.

1/1/2012/31/22

Project: Monitored by Research Administration

  • Determining the state of STEM/STEAM education at the primary school level in Kazakhstan

    Malone, K., Helmer, J., Dukenova, A. & Assanbayev, A.

    5/1/195/31/21

    Project: Monitored by School

    Dramatic Inquiry, Engineering Design, Primary Students’ and STEM vs STEAM

    Malone, K., Helmer, J., Shafiei, A., Zhontayeva, Z. & Edmiston, B.

    1/31/1912/31/21

    Project: Monitored by Research Administration

  • Teacher Perceptions of Authentic STEM Practices in the Context of Kazakhstani Trilingual Policy

    Malone, K., Namyssova, G., Assanbayev, A., Dukenova, A., Myrzakulova, G. & Helmer, J.

    9/1/18 → …

    Project: Monitored by School

    Early Career Teachers: How prepared are they for the job?

    Helmer, J., Assanbayev, A., Malone, K., Tussupbekova, G., Dukenova, A. & Namyssova, G.

    7/18/189/30/20

    Project: Monitored by School

    Research Output

    Kazakh Teachers Understanding and Beliefs about Engineering Design Practices

    Malone, K., Dukenova, A., Assanbayev, A. & Helmer, J., 2020.

    Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

  • Plugging the Leaky Pipeline: Perceptions of Primary Teachers and Students towards STEM Education.

    Helmer, J., Malone, K., Dukenova, A. & Assanbayev, A., 2020.

    Research output: Contribution to conferenceAbstract

    The effectiveness of biology modelling with English Learners: A multiple case comparison study.

    Malone, K. & Cameron, K., 2020.

    Research output: Contribution to conferenceAbstract

    The Role of Design-Based Research in the Development of Primary Level i-STEAM Curriculum in Kazakhstan

    Malone, K., Helmer, J., Namyssova, G., Myrzakulova, G., Zhontayeva, Z. & Shafiei, A., 2020.

    Research output: Contribution to conferenceAbstract

    Activities

    • 23 Invited talk
    • 10 Membership of committee
    • 8 Oral presentation
    • 1 Consultancy

    12th International Conference on Computer Supported Education (CSEDU 2020) (External organisation)

    Kathy Malone (Member)
    Dec 2019May 2020

    Activity: Membership typesMembership of committee

    Graduate School of Education (Organisational unit)

    Kathy Malone (Member)
    Sep 2019Jul 2020

    Activity: Membership typesMembership of committee

    Graduate School of Education (Organisational unit)

    Kathy Malone (Member)
    Apr 2019Jun 2019

    Activity: Membership typesMembership of committee

    Science Models and Scientific Modeling: Effects of Student Reasoning and Cognition

    Kathy L. Malone (Speaker)
    Mar 19 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

    STEM Education – Envisioning the Future

    Kathy L. Malone (Speaker)
    Mar 19 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk