Division of Lifelong Learning Infrastructure Management/ Educational Practices and Policies

Course Description

Division of Educational Practices and Policies

The Division of Educational Practices and Policies focuses on attempts to more deeply understand the essence of education through the relation between “actual places of education” and “systems and policies”. While other divisions stress the individual methods of social and natural sciences, we aim for a more realistic approach.

By “actual places of education”, we mean forexample:
(1) educational practices conducted at primary, junior and senior high schools;
(2) cultural and social education activities in local communities, at community centers, libraries, museums, culture halls and other facilities;
(3) the education law and educational system;
(4) administrative and fiscal policies of the education boards and Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology;
(5) practice and places of voluntary and mutual learning by citizens within the community;
(6) educational businesses in lifelong education and vocational training, remote education by the private sector;
(7) indeterminate educational effects of the information environment presented by the media and the Internet.

The curriculum consists of the four subjects – “Administrative and Fiscal Studies in Education,” “School Education,” “Study of Adult and Community Education,” “Library and Information Studies”.

Another feature of this Division is that we offer subjects linked to qualifications for curators, librarians and adult and community education organizers.

Graduates choose careers mainly in the fields of education, public service, private companies and graduate schools. Many of our graduates hope to work as public employees of central ministries, and in prefectural or city offices.

Also, as the upper-right figure suggests, the course is offered by teachers of two courses, namely “Division of Lifelong Learning Infrastructure Management” and “Department of Excellence of School Education”. Those going on to graduate schools mainly choose these courses.

Lifelong Learning

Division of Lifelong Learning Infrastructure Management

We reexamine the diverse activities conducted by people after they leave school or outside school from the standpoints of learning and education; and we study the organizations, systems, nvironment and technology that support lifelong learning.

The division consists of two laboratories:“ Adult and Community Education Study,” which also focuses on lifelong learning; and “Library and Information Studies”. The two collaborate in conducting theoretical, basic and practical studies such as the practice and service activities of education and learning in a broad sense, including NPO, NGO and community activities; platform and formation of information media as an environment that includes not only libraries but also the Web and the media; and the technology that supports them, such as information retrieval and linguistic nformation processing.


Atsushi MAKINO

Professor (Theory of Lifelong Learning)

“Examine man and society through the pursuits of education and learning.” I am interested in examining the organization of society and what can be done to allow people to happily coexist. The study of adult and community education and lifelong learning is ambiguous since man and society are also ambiguous. But this ambiguity is appealing and the possible areas of studies are infinite, including the social meaning of children’s growth, learning in the ageing society with decline of birthrate, community education in East Asian regions and creating communities.

  • “Lifelong learning in the modern world” (coedited and written, University Education Press, 2002)
  • “Restructuring ‘myself’ and social education and lifelong learning – Globalization, aging society with fewer children and the university” (University Education Press, 2005)
  • “Education in China’s changing society – The mobile individual and response to market-based principles” (Keiso Shobo, 2006)
  • “Elder people’s learning and the society –The circulation of knowledge promoted by the university” (Keiso Shobo, 2009)


Professor (Library and Information Studies)

Theoretically, I am interested in characterising the structure of information media and language from a unified point of view, and clarifying the relationships between information media and language with a high degree of granularity, in order to reveal points of intervention in the actual information circulation/distribution process. Social institutions such as libraries or schools are taken into account as practical points of social intervention.
Within this overall framework, I am carrying out research in modelling the structure, distribution and arrangements of language expressions and media, developing a translation education aid system, critically examining illogical socio-political discourse, and developing a system for automatic crawling of bilingual terminologies.

  • Conditions for Credibility (Tokyo: Iwanami, 2013)
  • The Quantitative Analysis of the Dynamics and Structure of Terminologies (Amsterdam: John Benjamins, 2012)
  • Examining the Post-3.11 Discourse on Radiation (Tokyo: Gendaikikakushitsu, 2011)
  • The Dynamics of Terminology (Amsterdam: John Benjamins, 2002)

Jeongyun LEE

Associate Professor (Social Education)

What is Social Education? Including researchers, I think nobody can answer immediately this question. The contents, methods, objects and places of the social education are also very diverse and wide. How long have we used the term “Social Education”? Including the origins of social education, I study the establishment and development of social education in the modern period. Recently, I have become interested in the social education policies, educational welfare, and grassroots education movement in Japan and Korea.

  • “Social Education and Lifelong Learning in Korea”(co-written, Eidell Institute, 2006)
  • “Origin and Development of Social Education in Korea”(University Education Press, 2008)
  • “Social Capital and Reorganization of Social Education and Lifelong Learning” (co-written, University Education Press, 2012)
  • “Social Education and Lifelong Learning in Japan” (co-edited and written, University Education Press, 2013)

Hironobu SHINDO

Associate Professor (Theory of Lifelong Learning)

The focus of my research work is on supporting lifelong learning activities in terms of culture. “Culture” here includes arts, crafts, traditions in local community, consumer culture, popular culture, mass media, etc. In particular, I am interested in the history and the present of cultural institutions such as public halls, theatres and museums especially in Japan and UK. My doctoral thesis is on the history of public halls in Japan. Now I am conducting a comparative research on education and inclusion programmes conducted in these institutions, and on supporting professionals such as educators in museum and community-based NGOs.

  • Lifelong Learning and Public Sphere (co-written, Kashiwa Shobo, 2003)
  • Studies on Lifelong Learning and Cultural Activity (co-written, Gakubunsha, 2007)
  • Handbook on Social Education and Lifelong Learning (8th ed, co-written, Eidell Institute, 2011)
  • Encyclopedia of Social Education and Lifelong Learning (co-written, Asakura Shobo, 2012)
  • History on Stage: Public Hall and People in Modern Japan (University of Tokyo Press, 2014)
  • Adult Education and Cultural Development (Translation Supervisor, Toyokan Publishing, 2016)
  • Getting Inspired: Design of Engagement in Museum (co-editor, Air Publishing, 2016)
  • Shoping Culture in Community : History of People’s College in Japan (editorial board, Fujiwara Shoten, 2016)


Associate Professor (Library and Information Science)

Through media such as books, I am interested in examining, from the perspective of the library as an organization, how knowledge such as academics has been given form since the modern era.
Specifically, I am researching about how libraries’ collections have been built historically, what role they have played in learning and education, how libraries have built and functioned as their own organizations while been influenced by other libraries and society, and finally what sort of networks are formed between libraries.

  • Toshokan Johogaku Kyoiku no Sengoshi — Shiryo ga Kataru Senmonshoku Yosei Seido no Tenkai (“The Postwar History of Library and Information Science Education — the Development of the Professional Training System as told by Materials”) (Minerva Shobo, Contributor, 2015)
  • The Tokyo Imperial University Library system (The University of Tokyo Press, 2016)