Division of School Improvement and Policy Studies

Course Description

Our concerns are research and development of education policy, educational administration, educational finance, and school management. We also aim to train researchers who can conduct policy planning and evaluation, administration and finance system reform, and management, and supervision, as well as public officials in leader positions (education administration officials, school administrators, teacher consultants, and others). The Division was created in 2006 after reorganization of the former Division of Education Administration. The interdisciplinary nature of the field has resulted in much active collaboration and cooperation with other research fields and institutions.


Toshiyuki OMOMO

Professor (Educational Administration)

I have been working on a comparative analysis of education policies in the United States and Japan, a historical study of US education policies, and analysis of the current status of education administration reforms. How should we understand the guarantee of equal educational opportunities? In regards to education, how should we redefine the relationship between the central government and the local governments, between general administration and educational administration, and between administrative agencies and private organizations? How should we understand the reform of schools, regarded as the core institution for securing educational opportunity? I examine these issues historically and comparatively.

  • Professionalization of Educational Administration, Participation and Freedom of Choice: Debates on Education Reforms at the Federal Level in the Late 19th Century U.S.A (Kazama Shobo, 2000)
  • International Comparison of Education Reform (co-editor; Minerva Shobo, 2007)
  • U.S. Education Reform at the Frontline: Race to the Top (co-editor; Gakujutsu Shuppankai, 2012)


Professor (School Leadership and Management)

My research areas include education policy, school leadership and management, and teacher education. In particular, I have a continuing interest in teacher evaluation policies and practices, and currently value-added approaches to teacher evaluation that are increasingly becoming popular around the world attract my attention. I am also doing research into professional learning networks or communities across as well as within Japan’s high schools.
I am interested in working with students from different backgrounds who are keen to conduct research in a wide range of areas that roughly match mine. Those students who share with me concerns about democracy, social justice, equity, quality and effectiveness in schooling will be particularly welcome.

  • Ogawa, M. & Katsuno, M. (2012). Educational administration and school management, Tokyo: Japan Broadcast Publishing, 276p. (in Japanese)
  • Katsuno, M. (2012). Teachers’ professional identities in an era of testing accountability in Japan: The case of teachers in low-performing schools, Education Research International, 2012, Article ID 930279, 8 pages.
  • Katsuno, M. (2010). Teacher Evaluation at Japanese Schools: an examination from micro-political or relational viewpoint, Journal of Education Policy, 25(3), pp.293-307.
  • Katsuno, M. (2003). The ideas and policies of teacher evaluation, Tokyo: Eidell Kenkyujo, 172p. (in Japanese)


Associate Professor (Politics of Education, Education Policy)

My research interests are politics of education, and education policymaking system and process in Japan. Education policymaking requires both democratic control and high degree of professionalism. However, they do not always go together ultimately and we have to balance between democracy and professionalism. I have examined school board system in Japan which aims for checks and balances system empirically, and analyses how the balances between democracy and professionalism cause different policy outcomes.

I’m also interested in theory of political science and research methodology both case study and statistical methods. In the future, I’d like to examine cross-national research and clarify the patterns of politics of education and educational policymaking.

  • Murakami, Y. (2011) Political Science of Educational Administration, Tokyo: Bokutaku-sha, 328p. (in Japanese)
  • Murakami, Y. (2013) Rethinking a Case Study Method in Educational Research: A Comparative Analysis Method in Qualitative Research, Educational Studies in Japan, (7) 81-96 (Translated by Ohmori, Ai).
  • The Japan Educational Administration Society. (2012) Local Politics and Reforms od Educational Administration and Finance, Tokyo: Fukumura Pubisher. (Co-editor)