Dr Makito Yurita

Senior Research Fellow

National Institute for School Teachers and Staff Development (Japan)

Makito Yurita has a Ph.D. in American Studies from Michigan State University with specializations in Teacher Education, Historiography and Political Philosophy. His dissertation work explored the power dynamics in the formation of history's knowledge from the events that took place in the past. He is currently a senior research fellow at the National Institute for School Teachers and Staff Development, where he is responsible for designing and coordinating research to build policy usable knowledge on school systems and teacher education systems to better prepare and support continuing professional learning and development. He also works as a PR and Education Advisor for Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) where he had developed a measurement tool for evidence-based decision making in PR and Education Outreach Programmes. He currently lives in Paris to work in collaboration with an international organization to do research on teachers’ professional learning and teacher professionalism.


Leadership stream

25 February 2020 | 12:30 - 13:00 | Ensuring Teacher Quality in Japan: Balancing Teacher Autonomy and Structural Control in Teachers’ Professional Learning & Development

This presentation shows how Japan ensures the right set of professional learning opportunities for teachers to meet the challenges in teaching and learning. The presentation will introduce the recent changes in professional learning system in Japan to foster more holistic approach to teachers’ professional learning and development. Japan has been a forerunner in having a system to ensure professional learning for teachers. Lesson study, for example, promotes teacher autonomy and ensures structure for teachers to engage in quality practice of professional learning. However, Japan also faces the changing needs of teachers and society today. This presentation thus shows the policy approaches in Japan to update its professional learning structure.