Kathy Malone, PhD

Associate Professor

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  • 42 Citations
  • 3 h-Index
1994 …2020

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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.   


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


National Science Foundation


Department Chair, Shady Side Academy


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Research Output

Open Access
  • Thinking about change in education systems

    McLaughlin, C., Ayubayeva, N., Fimyar, O., Helmer, J., Malone, K., Yakavets, N., Tursunbayeva, X., Winter, E., Abdimanapova, L., Khamidulina, Z. & Zhontayeva, Z., 2020, (Accepted/In press) In : Pedagogical Dialogue. 2, 32

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Challenges and Benefits of Blended Learning in Higher Education

    Namyssova, G., Tussupbekova, G., Helmer, J., Malone, K., Tajik, M. A. & Jonbekova, D., 2019, In : International Journal of Technology in Education. 2, 1, p. 22-31

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Implementing and sustaining systemic educational change – a three year study of the challenges and key issues.

    Winter, Yakavets, N., Makhmetova, Z., Malone, K., Zhontayeva, Z. & Khamidulina, Z., 2019.

    Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

    Improving Students’ Performance through the Use of Simulations and Modeling: The Case of Population Growth

    Malone, K. & Schuchardt, A., 2019, Proceedings of the 11th International Conference on Computer Supported Education . Lane, H., Zvacek, S. & Uhomoibhi, J. (eds.). Portugal, Vol. 1. 9 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

    Open Access


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

    STEM Education – Envisioning the Future

    Kathy L. Malone (Speaker)

    Mar 19 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

    Association of Science Teacher Education (External organisation)

    Kathy Malone (Member)


    Activity: Membership typesMembership of committee

    Graduate School of Education (Organisational unit)

    Kathy Malone (Member)

    Sep 2019Jul 2020

    Activity: Membership typesMembership of committee

    1st International Workshop "Formal Methods - Fun for Everybody" (FMFun-2019) (Event)

    Kathy Malone (Chair)

    Aug 2019Nov 2019

    Activity: Membership typesMembership of committee

    Curriculum Development: The Never-ending Journey

    Kathy Malone (Speaker), & Arman Assanbayev (Speaker)


    Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk