The members of Yamaguchi-Takada Lab participated in the 27th Autumn Meeting of Japan International Development Society (JASID)

A gathering photo of lab members in the conference on Nov 2016
A gathering photo of lab members in the conference on Nov 2016

Yamaguchi-Takada lab members, Prof. Takada, Dr. Yamamoto, and Hironari Yu (M2) participated in the 27th Autumn Meeting of Japan Society for International Development (JASID) at Hiroshima University on November 26th and 27th, 2016.

Prof. Takada was in charge of a commentator in the “Waste Management and Technology Transfer” session. He asked several questions including the research processes and conclusions for the presenters. He facilitated academic discussions among participants.

Prof. Takada commenting on presenters on Nov 2016
Prof. Takada commenting on presenters on Nov 2016

Dr. Yamamoto presented the paper titled “A study on teacher’s self-efficacy for promoting ICT integrated education in primary schools in Mongolia” in the Education Policy session.  The study analyzed the relationship between teachers’ self-efficacy and educational practices based on the data from 838 primary school teachers in Mongolia.  Dr. Yamamoto shared the summary of the findings and concluded that school level teacher training activities and positive institutional attitudes are significantly correlated to the higher self-efficacy of teachers. The participants were interested in the unique characteristic of the Mongolia context, thus Dr. Yamamoto shared her experience from the field. This paper will be published in the Journal of International Cooperation in Education (Vol.18 No.2, 2016, pp.1-15) very soon.

Dr. Yamamoto introducing the presentation on Nov 2016
Dr. Yamamoto introducing the presentation on Nov 2016

Hironari Yu (M2) made his poster presentation on his research, “Application of Drone for Riverbank Landscape Monitoring in the World Heritage Site of Luang Prabang”. Tokyo Tech has been conducting a project “Application of ICT for heritage management” under the collaboration between DPL since 2004. Yu has been working on the project as a member of Tokyo Tech team since April in 2015. He presented his research at the poster session. The summary of presentation is following:

  1. Background information of the study;
  2. Overview of the study;
  3. Tool identification for riverbank landscape monitoring;
  4. Landscape visualization using the tool identified;
  5. Development of “Evaluation Sheets” as a landscape evaluation tool;
  6. Analysis result of riverbank landscape;

The analysis results show that a total of 14 areas were noted as areas for close monitoring. Among them, five areas are identified having gaps between Riverbank Management Plan and current landscape unanimously. Audience asked several questions including the justification of the study such as the necessity of visualization of the landscape, the contribution of the presenter for the collaboration project and others. This was his first academic conference to present the research to bigger audience. Interacting various researchers made him identify the areas where he can further clarify and improve his research.

Yu presenting his research on Nov 2016
Yu presenting his research on Nov 2016

Through the participation of the academic conference, the members were able to identify issues to be improved in their research. In addition, they could enhance the motivation through the interactions with various researchers.

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