The 26th Japan Society for International Development Annual Conference in Niigata University (November 29th – November 30th, 2015)

In this autumn semester, Yamaguchi-Takada lab members participated in the 26th Japan Society for International Development (JASID) conference at Niigata University, and presented the status of research being done as part of the education interventions the lab is leading in Mongolia and Laos, as well as the status for the development of NESPAP which is a system intended for educational researchers across Asian-Pacific regions. Two lab members presented in poster session for this conference, and two lab members presented their paper for this conference. Yukiko Yamamoto, the researcher from Yamaguchi laboratory also presented her research in JASID this time.

Dr. Yuki Yamamoto presented the paper “What are the Factors Related to the School Leaders’ Perceptions on the ICT Contribution in Education? : A case of Mongolian primary school leaders” within the Education session on Nov. 28th.  Referring the transformational leadership theory, she claims the importance of studying school leader’s perceptions for the ICT integrated education. She talked about how school leaders’ perceptions on the ICT contribution are related to their school management style, such as budgeting. The audience raised a questions about realities from filed. She shared interesting findings from qualitative data related to the funding and budgeting situations in the current primary schools in Mongolia.

Li Shengru (D1) made a paper presentation “Factors affecting Mongolian primary school teachers’ use of ICT for student-centered education” in this conference. He introduced the educational change theory as well as related studies for understanding and identifying factors affecting teachers’ educational use of ICT, and explained the factors affecting teacher’s perception on use of ICT for student-centered education. He found out that Mongolian primary school teachers perceive professional competency, benefits on use of ICT, teacher cooperation are factors affecting teacher’s perception on use of ICT for student-centered education. Insightful questions were received from the educational experts, such as the rationale to study on teacher’s belief in use of ICT for educational purposes and inclusion of student-centered education in the study. Li extended the explanation on educational change theory to justify the significance in studying teachers’ educational belief on use of ICT, and acknowledged the need to articulate student-centered education in his study.

Inoue Takero (M2) made a poster presentation on people’s motivations to use participatory education database. This was a part of his ‎research for sustainable management and use of National Education Systems and Policies in Asia-Pacific (NESPAP). In his presentation, he introduced data analysis on people’s perception on the relationship between various NESPAP functions and various motives behind the use of those functions. He found out that people use NESPAP because it is valuable and it develops users understanding.

Norifumi IRIE (M2) made a poster presentation with the title “Mix-methods study on people’s attitude towards ponds and wetlands preservation using GIS: case of Luang Prabang in Lao PDR”. Hi

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