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Dr KOBAKHIDZE, Magda Nutsa

Personal Particulars

Dr KOBAKHIDZE, Magda Nutsa

BA,MA (TSU); MA (TC, Columbia); PhD (HKU)

M.Ed. (Comparative and Global Studies in Education and Development) Program Coordinator

Assistant Professor

Social Contexts and Policies of Education

Tel: (852) 2241 5454

Location: Room 412, Runme Shaw Building

Areas of Expertise:

Comparative Education; Privatization of Education (Shadow Education, Education Markets); Globalization and Education; Large-scale International Assessments (PISA, TIMSS, PIRLS);

Areas of Expertise
Teaching Area:

MEDD6097, Comparative Education - Approaches, Methods and Themes (MEd)

MEDD6014, Methods of Research and Enquiry (MEd)

BBED5022, Globalization and Education (BBED)

EDU6760, Educational Inquiry (PGDE)

CCGL9022, Globalization in Question: Economic and Human Consequences (Common Core)

MAES7109, Intercultural Communication (MATESOL)

Geographic Focus:

Georgia and Former Soviet Countries; Hong Kong; South East Asia (Cambodia and Myanmar/Burma)   

PhD/EdD Students under Supervision and Co-supervision

Li Jun (PhD)

Peter Suante (PhD)

Christina Ahn (EdD)

Yvette Leung (PhD)

Vutha Ros (PhD)

Weilin Wang (PhD)

Claudia Chan (EDd)

Awards

 

 
Projects
Research Projects and Grants  
 
  • 2020-22. "Local Anxieties, Global Ambitions: Social Class Impact on Parental Demand for Shadow Education in Hong Kong." Early Career Scheme (ECS). Hong Kong Research Grants Council. Principal Investigator. HK$706,246.

  • 2020-2021. "Kindergarten Wars: The Business of Interview Classes in Hong Kong". Special One-Off Research Fund. Principal Investigator. Faculty of Education. HK$80,000.

  • 2019-2020. Faculty Research Fund. Principal Investigator. HK$32,415.

  • 2019-2020. Special One-Off Research Fund. Faculty of Education. HKU. HK$250,000.

  • 2019-2020. Faculty Incubation Fund for GRF/ECS Proposals. Principal Investigator. HK$10,000. 

  • 2017-2018. "Supplementary Tutoring and Roles of Teachers in Myanmar." Principal Investigator. KE Funding Exercise Impact Project Scheme. UGC. HK$81,860.

  • 2016-2017. "Shadow Education in Myanmar: Private Supplementary Tutoring and its Policy Implications.". Co-Investigator. UNESCO-funded. HK$235,237.

  • 2017-2018. "Deepening Understanding and Exploring Diversity of Shadow Education Markets in Georgia". Principal Investigator. Faculty Research Fund. HKU. HK$59,846.

  • 2016-2017/ "Supplementary Tutoring and Roles of Teachers in Myanmar". Co-Investigator. Seed Fund for Translation and Applied Research. HKU. HK$26,000. 

  • 2016-2017. "Intersections of Equity, Quality and Ethics: Shadow Education Provided by Teachers in Myanmar." Principal Investigator. Faculty Research Fund. HK$30,000.

Publications
Academic books 
Peer-reviewed Journal Articles 
  1. Stastny, V. & Kobakhidze. M.N. (2020). Throwing Light on Shadow Education. Editorial. Orbis Scholae. 14(2). 

  2. Kobakhidze, M. N. (2020). Desacralising Teachers: Inside Myanmar's Educational Capitalism. Globalisation, Societies and Education.

  3. Kobakhidze, M. N. & Sutter, L. ( 2020). Global Diversity of Shadow Education. European Journal of Education, Research, Policy and Development. 55 (2).

  4. Bray, M., Kobakhidze, M.N., & Sutter, L. (2020). The Challeneges of Measuring Outside-School-Time Educational Activities: Experiences and Lessns from the Programme for International School Assessment (PISA). Comparative Education Review, 64(4).

  5.  Bray, M., Kobakhidze, M. N., Liu, J., & Zhang, W. (2018). The Hidden Curriculum in a Hidden Marketplace: Relationships and Values in Cambodia’s Shadow Education System. Journal of Curriculum Studies, Taylor & Francis Group.

  6. Bray, M., Liu, J., Zhang, W., & Kobakhidze, M.N. (2016). Confiance, défiance et (abus d’) autorité dans l’éducation au Cambodge: Leçons tirées de l’école de l’ombre. Revue international d’éducation de Sèvres, Centre international d’études pédagogiques (CIEP). [in French].

  7. Bray, M., Kobakhidze, M. N., Liu, J., & Zhang, W. (2016). The Internal Dynamics of Privatised Public Education: Fee-charging Supplementary Tutoring Provided by Teachers in CambodiaInternational Journal of Educational Development, Vol. 49, pp. 291-299.

  8. Kobakhidze, M. N. (2015). Shedding Light on Shadow Education.Comparative Education Review, 59(3), 577-582.

  9. Bray, M., & Kobakhidze, M. N. (2015). Evolving Ecosystems in Education: The Nature and Implications of Private Supplementary Tutoring in Hong KongProspects: Quarterly Review of Comparative Education, Vol.45, No.4, pp.465-481

  10. Kobakhidze, M. N. (2014). Corruption risks of private tutoring: case of Georgia. Asia Pacific Journal of Education, 34(4), 455-475.

  11. Bray, M., & Kobakhidze, M. N. (2014). Measurement Issues in Research on Shadow Education: Challenges and Pitfalls Encountered in TIMSS and PISAComparative Education Review, Vol. 58, No. 4, pp. 590-620.

  12. Kobakhidze, M. N. (2010). Teacher incentives and the future of merit-based pay in Georgia. European Education, 42(3), 68-89.

  13. Kobakhidze, M. N. (2009). Education and Military Expenditure in the Baltic States. Organon, 41, 41-50.

 Peer-reviewed Chapters in Books 
  1. Bray, M., Liu, J., Zhang, W., Kobakhidze, M. N. (2019). (Mis) Trust and (Abuse of) Authority in Cambodian Education: Parallel Lessons in the Shadow. Extended Education from an International Comparative Point of View. Springer. pp. 7-21.

  2. Kobakhidze, M. N. ( 2018).(Un)regulating Shadow Education in West Asia: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia and Turkey. In Kennedy, K. and Chi-Kin Lee, J. (Eds) Routledge Handbook on Schools and Schooling in Asia. pp.355-365. 

  3. Kobakhidze, M .N. (2015). Shadow Education Research through TIMSS and PIRLS: Experiences and Lessons in the Republic of Georgia. In Bray, M., Kwo, O., & Jokic, B. (eds.) Researching Private Supplementary Tutoring: Methodological Lessons from Diverse Cultures. Hong Kong: Comparative Education Research Centre (CERC), The University of Hong Kong. Springer. pp.23-48.

  4. Bray, M., Zhang, W., Kobakhidze, M. N., & Liu, J. (2015). Researching Private Supplementary Tutoring in Cambodia: Context, Instruments and Approaches. In Bray, M., Kwo, O., & Jokic, B. (eds.) Researching Private Supplementary Tutoring: Methodological Lessons from Diverse Cultures. Hong Kong: Comparative Education Research Centre (CERC), The University of Hong Kong. Springer.  pp.219-244.

  5. Bray, M., & Kobakhidze, M. N. (2014). The Global Spread of Shadow Education: Supporting or Undermining Qualities of Education?. Qualities of Education in a Globalised World. pp 185-200.

  6.  Kobakhidze, M. N. (2013). Teacher certification examinations in Georgia: Outcomes and policy implications. Teacher reforms around the world: Implementations and outcomes (International Perspectives on Education and Society)19, 25-51.

  7. Kobakhidze, M. N. (2011). PIRLS 2011 Encyclopedia: Education Policy and Curriculum in Reading: Chapter on Georgia. In PIRLS 2011 Encyclopedia: Education Policy and Curriculum in Mathematics and Science, Volumes 1 & 2. In  Mullis, I.V.S., Martin, M.O., Minnich, C.A., Stanco, G.M., Arora, A., Centurino, V.A.S., & Castle, C.E. (Eds.). Chestnut Hill, MA, USA. pp.243-251.

  8. Mzhavanadze, N., & Kobakhidze, M. N.  (2011). TIMSS 2011 Encyclopedia: Education Policy and Curriculum in  Mathematics and Science: Chapter on Georgia. In TIMSS 2011 Encyclopedia: Education Policy and Curriculum in Mathematics and Science, Volumes 1 & 2. In Mullis, I.V.S., Martin, M.O., Minnich, C.A., Stanco, G.M., Arora, A., Centurino, V.A.S., & Castle, C.E. (Eds.). Chestnut Hill, MA, USA. pp.299-311.

Other Co-authored Books 
  1. Chachkhiani, K., Kobakhidze, M.N., & Gabashvili, M. (2011). Practical Guide for School Principals (II). National Center for Teacher Professional Development. The Ministry of Education and Science of Georgia. TPDC (211 pp). [in Georgian]

  2. Kobakhidze, M.N., & Gabashvili, M. (2010). Effective Teaching: Theory and Practice. National Examination and Evaluation Center. The Ministry of Education and Science of Georgia. NAEC. (270 pp). [in Georgian]

  3. Goglichidze, A., Kobakhidze, M.N., & Latsabidze, G. (2010). Practical Guide for School Principals (I). National Center for Teacher Professional Development. The Ministry of Education and Science of Georgia. TPDC (176 pp). [in Georgian]

Other Publications (Newspaper/Media)

 

Professional Community Services
Editorship
  • Co-Editor of Orbis Scholae's special issue (2020) (together with Dr Vit Stastny) published by Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic. 

Committee/Organization memberships 
  • Faculty of Education

    • Faculty Board member (since 2017)

  • Comparative Education Research Center, HKU.

    • Managment Commitee Member (2019-2021)

    • Co-opted member (2018-2019)

    • Head of the Shadow Education SIG (since 2018)

  • Comparative and International Education Sociaty (CIES). USA.

    • Annual Conference Planning Committee member (2015-2016)

    • Assistant Conference Manager (2015-2016)

    • Member (since 2010)

    • Eurasia SIG (Founding Member since 2012)

  • American Educational Research Association (AERA)

    • Lives of Teachers SIG 

  • Higher Education Institute. Education Policy Unit. HKU.

    • Organising committee member (2018)

    • Organising committee member (2017)

  • Postgraduate Student Research Conference 

    • Organising committee member (2018)

    • Reviewer (2017-present)

  • Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences. Tbilisi State University

    • Faculty search committe member (July, 2018)

  • Georgian Educational Research Association (GERA) (Founding Member)

  • International Society for Philosophers  

  • Georgian Association for Analytical Psychology 

  • Societe Internationnale pour L'etude de la Philosophie Medievale (SIEMP)

Reviewer for
  • Comparatuve Education Review (CER)

  • International Journal of Educational Development (IJED)

  • European Education (EE)

  • Asia Pacific Journal of Education (APJE)

  • Comparative and International Education (CIES) Annual Conferences 

Invited Talks
Others
Selected Conference Papers 

 

  • Kobakhidze. M.N. (2020). Desacrilising Teachers: Inside Myanmar's Educational Capitalism. Comparative and International Education Society (CIES) Annual Conferencei in Miami, Florida, March 22-26. 2020. (Conference moved online due to the COVID-19 Pandemic).
  • Kobakhidze, M.N. (2020). Teachers' Indentities in the Informal Shadow Education Market in Georgia. [Roundtable Session]. AERA Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA, California, USA. (Conference Canceled due to COVID-19).
  • Jackson, L., Kobakhidze, M.N. (2019). Overview of the Comparative Education Research Centre (special guests). OSF Southeast Asia Education Conference. October, 26-27. Bangkok, Thailand. 
  • Bray, M., and Kobakhidze, M.N. (2018). Shadow Education in Myanmar: Private Dimensions in Public Schooling. Paper presented at the 11th Biennial Comparative Education Society of Asia, Siem Reap, Cambodia. May, 10-12. 2018. 

  • Kobakhidze. M.N., Bray, M. & Sutter, L. (2018). The Challenges of Measuring Outside-School-Time Educational Activities: Experiences and Lessons from the Programme for International School Assessment (PISA). Paper presented at the Comparative and International Education Society (CIES) Annual Conference in Mexico City, Mexico, April 25-29, 2018. 

  • Kwo, O. & Kobakhidze, M.N. (2017). Shadow Education and the Roles of Teachers in Myanmar: Private Dimensions in Public Schooling. Paper presented at the Comparative and International Education Society (CIES) Annual Conference in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. March 5-9, 2017.

  • Kobakhidze. M.N., (2017). Intersections of Equity, Quality and Ethics: Shadow Education Provided by Teachers in Myanmar. Paper presented at the Comparative Education Society of Hong Kong (CESHK), Annual Conference in Education University of Hong Kong, March 24-25, 2017.

  • Kobakhidze, M.N. (2016). Mixed roles and identities in the shadow education market in Georgia. Paper presented at the XVI World Congress of Comparative Education Societies (WCCES). Beijing Normal University, Beijing, China, 2016, August 21-26.

  • Kobakhidze, M.N. (2016). Teachers as Tutors: Shadow Education Market Complexities in Georgia. Paper presented at the Comparative Education Society of Hong Kong (CESHK), Annual Conference Hong Kong Institute of Education. Hong Kong SAR, China, 2016, April 15-16.

  • Bray, M. Kobakhidze, M.N., Liu, J., & Zhang, W. (2016). Values in the enactment of shadow education in Cambodia: Living together but living apart. Paper presented at the Comparative Education Society of Hong Kong (CESHK), Annual Conference. Hong Kong Institute of Education. Hong Kong SAR, China, 2016, April 15-16.

  • Kobakhidze, M.N. (2016). Impact of Shadow Education on Teacher Professionalism and Identity in Georgia. Paper presented at the Comparative and International Education Society (CIES) Annual Conference. Vancouver, BC, Canada. 2016, March 6-10.

  • Bray, M. Kobakhidze, M.N. (2016). Shadow Education in Cambodia. Paper presented at the Comparative Education Society of Asia (CESA) the 2016 Biennial Conference. De La Salle University, Manila, Philippines, 2016, January 28-30.

  • Kobakhidze, M.N. (2015). Teacher Professionalism in Marketized Georgia. Paper presented at the Comparative and International Education Society (CIES) Annual Conference. Washington DC, USA, 2015, March 8-13.

  • Kobakhidze, M.N. (2015). Corruption Risks of private tutoring: Case of Georgia. Paper presented at the Comparative Education Society of Hong Kong (CESHK), Annual Conference. The University of Hong Kong. Hong Kong SAR, China, 2015.

  • Kobakhidze, M.N. (2014). Teachers as Tutors: Teachers’ Dual Lives in the Republic of Georgia. Paper presented at the Comparative Education Society of Hong Kong (CESHK), Annual Conference. The University of Hong Kong. Hong Kong SAR, China, 2014.

  • Kobakhidze, M.N. (2012). Teacher Certification Examinations in Georgia: A two Year Experience. Paper presented at the Comparative and International Education Society’s (CIES) Annual conference. San Juan, Puerto Rico April, 2012.

  • Kobakhidze, M.N. (2010). Teacher Salaries and Incentives in Georgia. Paper presented at the Second East Asian Conference in Teacher Education Research. Hong Kong Institute of Education (HKIED). Hong Kong, China. December 15-17, 2010.

  • Kobakhidze, M.N. (2010). Teacher Incentives and Future of Merit-based Pay in Georgia. The XIV World Congress of Comparative Education Societies (WCCES). Boğaziçi University, Department of Education, Istanbul, Turkey. June 14-18, 2010.

  • Kobakhidze, M.N. (2010). Education and Military Expenditure in the Baltic States. Paper presented at the Comparative and International Education Society 54th Annual Conference (CIES). Chicago, USA. March 1-5, 2010.

  • Kobakhidze, M.N. & Revishvili, N. (2009). International Models in Georgian Education System. Paper presented at the Open Society Institute (OSI) – New York Annual Conference. Harvard University, Graduate School of Education. April, 2009.

  • Henninger, M. & Kobakhidze, M.N. (2007). Four Cultures of the West . . . and Beyond. Paper presented at the Open Society Institute (OSI) – New York Annual Conference. Rutgers University, School of Arts and Sciences. April – May, 2007.

  • Bakhtadze, R. & Kobakhidze, M.N. (2006). Georgia After Revolution of Roses: Achievements and Challenges. Paper presented at the Open Society Institute (OSI) – New York Annual Conference. Brown University, the Watson Institute of International Studies. May 2006.

Knowledge Exchange 

Newspaper interviews:
TV/Radio interviews: 
Other
  • Book launch (for general public) "Teachers as Tutors: Shadow Education Market Dynamics in Georgia. At the Writers' House, Tbilisi. Georgia. August 2, 2018.
  • A pair of workshops for teachers, school principals, NGO representatives. Yangon, Myanmar. KE Impact project Scheme. April 25-26, 2018.  
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