Teacher Education in Post Nation State Era ― Education for “Welfare” instead of “Warfare” ―


As society changes rapidly, how is education designed and realized? We can see that globalization is advancing throughout our lives, including within politics, economics, science, technology, the natural environment and so on. It has become almost impossible for a nation state to design and realize education based on well-being (welfare) without taking global value and system in.

It is expected to create a society opened-up to global welfare and to work on the capability and develop every person in the world today. There is a need for every nation state to overcome their focus on education based on a nationalistic/domestic mind and work towards transcending every border from a balanced local and global social context.

There are terms such as “competency” “standards” “evaluation” “quality assurance” “professional development” “active learning” “management” “leadership” “inclusion” etc. that are often used within educational policy, practice and research in many countries. The reality, however, is that these terms are used in a smaller vision and tend to be linked towards various tests or evaluation strategies. Is it time for us to consider education with the vision of post nation state in the future rather than confining it to a narrow momentary “outcome”?

Education needs to move towards a “welfare society.”

However, we are faced with the spread of a phenomena. More nation states around the world are returning to nationalism as opposed to globalization although human society has experienced a paradigm shift from the “warfare state” to the “welfare state” in the last century. It seems that the walls of a nation-based state is being built again.

ISfTE 2018 in Japan is aiming to prepare an arena for discussing and reflecting on education at a practical level, school organizational level and a public education system level. Furthermore, it aims to break the wall between limited specialists and many other people so that we can all share the thoughts around education.

Through viewing society from a local, national and global standpoint, let us think about and actualize education for a welfare society.



Key Presentation A - Organisation

How do we manage and change a modern school? - Education, Management, Politics

  • Hiroki Suematsu (Tokyo Gakugei University Japan / school management)
  • Takahiro Tsujimura (Joetsu University of Education Japan / educational administration)
  • Keiichi Kobayashi (Myoko City Board of Education / Superintendent)


Key Presentation B - Profession

Teaching and learning - "How " and "for what"?

  • Shigeki Izawa (Nagoya University Japan / educational philosophy)
  • Masami Kawano (Joetsu University Japan / educational method)

Key Presentation C - System

Boundary of public education - marginalised "Minority"

  • Mizuho Hara (Joetsu University Japan / intercultural education)
  • Sabine Meise (Ludwigsburg University of Education Germany / comparative education)