Structure of Keynote Presentations


We have organized three Keynote presentations designed to inform THE 38th ISfTE seminar theme “Teacher Education in a Post Nation Era”. Each is focused at a different educational component level: A: MEZZO (school), B: MICRO (teacher), and C: MACRO (public education). We expect that, immediately afterwards, each will stimulate critical reflection and thoughtful within small discussion groups. Each of these presentations has been jointly-planned by two experts, each from a different field of research. In keynote presentation A: MEZZO the relationships between school management and educational administration will be examined. In keynote presentation B: MICRO, the relationships between educational philosophy and educational methodologies will be discussed. Keynote presentation C: MACRO will look at public education within an international perspective. By drawing upon existing research, we hope to generate a framework for discussing Education for “Welfare” instead of “Warfare”.



Keynote Presentation A - Organisation [MEZZO]

How 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, Japan/ Superintendent)


In this session, we will examine school leadership toward the future through consideration of school management reform in Japan in recent years.

First, we will explain how, in recent years, ‘decentralized centralization’ has infiltrated Japanese education. Within this in mind, we will examine how recent policies have influenced training programs for school leaders, and issues occurring at an elemental level as countermeasures.

Second, an educational manager will report on what he experienced and achieved as a teacher, principal and a superintendent. He will report on how recent changes have been perceived and challenges a school has faced, In particular those challenges he, as the principal, has addressed in school management. Further, how he has faced the difficulties whilst also explaining what he is aiming to do as a superintendent.

Thirdly, we will report on the characteristics and significance of educational administration in Japan with a focus on teacher growth and the guarantee of education in wider area of human resource administration.

From these analyses, we will offer models of educational management and school leadership beyond the boundaries of schools by reconsidering the relationship between schools and communities.



Keynote Presentation B - Profession [MICRO]

Teaching and Learning – “How” and “For What”?

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

The purpose of this session is to rethink and discuss educational practices in our schools and classrooms, in particular the theory and practice of teaching and learning from philosophical and methodological perspectives. In this session, two researchers will each give a presentation, based on their own academic background, educational philosophy and educational methodologies.

The first presenter will present an overview of the globalization and localization of educational reforms. Noting that the shift from content to competence-based education raises new issues about school curriculum, the challenges for school teachers and educational professionals will be illuminated. It will be shown that, in a post-nation era, the question of “why” to teach and learn, as well as that of “how”, requires a more critical and constructive discussion.

A case study will be presented showing how ongoing collaboration within one school, followed by reflection the second presenter’s own practice as an educational researcher. This presentation will also view the role of educational researchers in improving lesson methodology along with classroom and school management, and how effective collaboration between educational researchers and school teachers can work.



Keynote Presentation C - System [MACRO]

Boundary of Public Education – Marginalized "Minority" -

  • Mizuho Hara (Joetsu University of Education, Japan / intercultural education)
  • Sabine Meise (Carl von Ossietzky University Oldenburg, Germany / comparative education)

In recent years, so-called “Inclusive Education” has been one of the main topics to develop within school systems and schools. Underlying this are notions student diversity, a long history of civil rights, support for people with disabilities and other minorities. This presentation will show the international and transnational processes of the last decades and frame this within general theories of comparative education.

Following this, the presenter will focus on school education in Japan and Germany to get a deeper understanding of how the diversity of students is met and how exclusion is prevented. The presentation will concentrate on students with background of immigration and disability. The contextual factors in each country will be particularly considered to illuminate the political rhetoric and general policy objectives in international and transnational organisations and these processes within these two countries. The presentation will seek to bring clarification about convergence and divergence in policies and practices under the umbrella of globally active organizations.