The International Symposium on Education Reform 2010

Evidence in Education Research

- Findings from Overseas Trends and Advanced Research Fields -




Friday, September 10, 2010  13:3018:00


Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT), 3F Auditorium

Access:1-minute-walk from Toranomon Station(Tokyo Metro Ginza Line), Exit 6 or 11

3-minute-walk from Kasumigaseki Station(Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line,

Chiyoda Line,Hibiya Line), Exit A13

10-minute-walk from Uchisaiwaicho Station(Toei-Mita Line), Exit A4


The Objective

Many developed countries have recently expressed concern over the use of evidence in educational policy-making. The common pressing issues faced in these countries with regard to such are as follows: recognition of the importance of education and knowledge as a basis for innovation and economic growth, necessity for tools to explain accountability for educational expenses, and demands for quality assurance and effectiveness of research in education. The aim of this symposium, which is the International Symposium on Education Reform 2010, is to discuss these trends with scholars invited from home and abroad to identify the implications of evidence use in educational policy-making and how such evidence should be utilized. Further, the symposium aims to present a direction for evidence use and education research in Japan.




12:30  Reception Desk Opens

Chair: Keiko Momii (Senior Researcher, NIER)

13:30  Opening Remarks

Tamotsu Tokunaga (Director General, NIER)

13:40  Keynote Speech:Verifying Educational Outcomes: Products of OECD/CERI Projects

Tom Schuller (Director, Longview; Former Head of OECD/CERI)

14:20  Session: Status Quo and Issues of Evidence Use in the USA and the UK

Thomas D. Cook (Professor, Sociology, Psychology, Education and Social Policy;
Faculty Fellow, Institute for Policy Research, Northwestern University)

David Gough (Professor, Evidence Informed Policy and Practice, Institute of Education, University of London; Director, Social Science Research Unit and EPPI-Centre)

15:20  Break

15:40  Session: Status Quo and Issues of Evidence Use in Advanced Research Fields

Kiichiro Tsutani (Professor, Drug Policy and Management, Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, The University of Tokyo)

Keiji Akiyama (Professor, Department of Applied Sociology, Kanto Gakuin University;Visiting Scholar of NIER)


Hiroshi Sowaki (Executive Trustee, National Center for University Entrance Examinations;
Former Deputy Director-General of NIER)

16:40  Panel Discussion: Toward Evidence Use in Education

Panelists:Tom Schuller, Thomas D. Cook, David Gough,

Kiichiro Tsutani, Keiji Akiyama, Hiroshi Sowaki

Moderator: Kumiko Iwasaki (Senior Researcher, NIER)

18:00  Close

(18:2519:40  Cocktail Party)


Japan Society for the Promotion of Education and Research

National Federation of Educational Policy Research Institutes


Applications and inquiries

Secretariat, International Symposium on Education Reform

National Institute for Educational Policy Research
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