Kentaro SHIMADA

Research Interest

  • Quantitative analysis in educational policies using household surveys, large-scale learning assessment (e.g. rate of return to education analysis
  • School effectiveness and improvement research, especially focusing on the effect of family backgrounds, multilevel modeling
  • Studies on inequality of education (inter-generational educational, income, and occupational mobility in developing countries, the causal analysis)

Education

  • Doctor of Philosophy, Kobe University, [Expected] (Sep. 2015)
  • Master of Economics, Kobe University (Mar. 2010)
  • Exchange Program, University of Nairobi, Department of Literature, Kenya (Sep. 2005- Aug. 2006)
  • Bachelor of Arts in Education, Soka University (Mar.2007)

Experiences

  • Education Consultant, UNICEF Kenya Country Office (Aug. 2012 – May 2013)
  • Student Coordinator for Training and Dialogue Program Organized by Kansai International Center for Japan International Cooperation Agency, “Education Administration and Finance: Focused on Quality and Equity of Basic Education” (Jun. 2012; Dec. 2013)
  • Intern, UNESCO-Bangkok Office Bangkok, Thailand, (Dec. 2010-Mar. 2011)
  • Visiting Scholar, Academy for Educational Development, Washington DC, U.S.A, ( Feb. 2010-Mar. 2010)
  • Research Fellow, Japan Society for Promotion Science (Apr. 2011- Sep. 2012)
  • Research Assistant, Kobe University, Graduate School of International Studies, Japan (Apr. 2008-Present)
  • Adjunct Instructor, Hashimoto Gakusyujuku (tutoring school), Japan (Apr. 2007 – Mar. 2008)

Publication

[Refereed Papers]
  • Shimada, K. (2010). Social Stratification and Student Achievement: A Case of Primary Education in Kenya.
    Africa Educational Research Journal, 1., 91-109.
  • Ogawa, K., Shimada, K., & Nishimura, M., (in press) An Input and Output Analysis in Primary Education in Kenya, Malawi and Uganda: Findings from SACMEQ data, In Ogawa, K. &
  • Nishimura, M.(Eds.), Comparative Analysis on Universal Primary Education Policy and Practice in Sub-Saharan Africa: The Cases of Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, and Uganda. Pittsburgh: Pittsburgh Studies in Comparative and International Education Book Series (PSCIE).
  • Sifuna, D. N., Sawamura, N., Malenya, F. L. & Shimada, K. (in press) UPE Policy and Quality of Education in Kenya: A Comparative Analysis of Kenya, In Ogawa, K. & Nishimura, M.(Eds.), Comparative Analysis on Universal Primary Education Policy and Practice in Sub-Saharan Africa: The Cases of Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, and Uganda. Pittsburgh: Pittsburgh Studies in Comparative and International Education Book Series (PSCIE).
[Non-Refereed Papers]
  • Shimada, K.(2012). Syotokyouiku ni Okeru Gakugyo Seiseki no Kiteiyoin Bunseki: SACMEQ wo Jireini [An Analysis on Determinants of Academic Achievement in Primary Education: A Case of SACMEQ]. In Sawamura, N. & Utsumi, S. (Eds.), Kenya no Kyoiku to Kaihatsu: Afirica Kyouiku Kenkyu no Dynamism (pp.227-289). Tokyo: Akashi Syoten
  • Shimada, K. (2014). Cost Benefit Analysis, In Ogawa, K. (Ed.), Guidebook of Analytical Tools for Education Finance and Administration (pp. 46-70). Kobe: Graduate School of International Cooperation Studies, Kobe University.
  • Shimada, K. (2014). Scholarship, In Ogawa, K. (Ed.), Guidebook of Analytical Tools for Education Finance and Administration (pp.99-100). Kobe: Graduate School of International Cooperation Studies, Kobe University.
  • Shimada, K.(2014), School Grant, In Ogawa, K. (Ed.), Guidebook of Analytical Tools for Education Finance and Administration(pp.101-102). Kobe: Graduate School of International Cooperation Studies, Kobe University.

[Others]

  • Shimada, K. (2014) Koukateki Gakkou Kenkyu [Effective School Research]. In The International Development Journal Co. (Ed.) Kokusai Kyouryoku Yougo Shu (4th ed.). Tokyo: Maruzen Shuppan.
  • Shimada, K. (2014) Kyoiku Hukko Shien [Support for Education for Post-Conflict Nation-Building]. In The International Development Journal Co. (Ed.) Kokusai Kyouryoku Yougo Shu (4th ed.). Tokyo: Maruzen Shuppan.
  • Shimada, K. (2014) Ryunen Ritsu [Repetition Rate]. In The International Development Journal Co. (Ed.) Kokusai Kyouryoku Yougo Shu (4th ed.). Tokyo: Maruzen Shuppan.

Academic Associations

[Refereed Presentations]
  • Shimada, K., “Inter-generational Transmission of Schooling Experience and Student’s Aspiration: A Case of Primary Education in Kenya”, Proposal Presented at the 58th Annual Conference of the Comparative and International Education Society, Toronto, Canada, March, 2014 [E]
  • Shimada, K., “School/Family Factors and Academic Performance at Primary Education in Kenya”, Paper Presented at the International Conference on Education Research (ICER) 2014, Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea, October, 2011 [E]
  • Shimada, K., “Review of School Divide in Primary Education and School Effectiveness Research in Kenya”, Paper Presented at Spring Session of Japan Society for International Development(JASID), JICA Research Institute, Tokyo, Japan, June, 2011 [J]
  • Shimada, K., “School Divide at Primary Education in Kenya: Focusing on Motivation for Schooling”, Paper Presented at the 54th Annual Conference of the Comparative and International Education Society(CIES), Toronto, Canada, March, 2011 [E]
  • Shimada, K., “Rate of Return to Education in Guatemala- Focusing on Differences among Ethnicity” Paper Presented at the 46th Japan Comparative Education Society Annual Meeting(JCES), Kobe University, Hyogo, Japan, June, 2010 [E]
  • Shimada, K., “Educational Achievement and Social Stratification in Kenya: The Differences in the Effect of Family Factors and School Factors among Primary Schools” Paper Presented at the 53th Annual Conference of the Comparative and International Education Society(CIES), Palmer House Hotel, Chicago, United States, March, 2010 [E]
[Non-Refereed Presentations]
  • Shimada, K.”Kenya ni Okeru Sedaikan Kyoikutassei no Jizokusei no Keikou ni Tsuite: Kokusei Chosa wo Mochiita Jissyo Bunseki [The Pattern of Intergenerational Persistence in Education in Kenya: Empirical Analyses Using Census”], Paper Presented at the 45th Asia Education Research Forum, Kyoto University, Japan, March, 2015 [J]
  • Shimada, K. “Analysis of Student Motivation and Family Expectation to Schooling at Primary Education in Kenya” Paper Presented at the 8th Africa Educational Research Forum(AERF), Waseda University, Tokyo, October, 2011 [E]
  • Shimada, K. “School Effectiveness and School Improvement Research on School Divide at Primary Education on Kenya” Paper Presented at the 7th Africa Educational Research Forum(AERF), Kobe University, Hyogo, Japan, April, 2011 [E]
  • Shimada, K., “Comparative Analysis of Quality Education under Universal Primary Education Policy in Sub-Saharan Africa: A Case of Kenya” Paper Presented at the 6th Africa Educational Research Forum (AERF), Osaka University, Osaka, Japan, October, 2010 [E]
  • Ogawa, K., & Shimada, K., “Universal Primary Education Policy and Quality of Education in Sub-Saharan Africa: Comparative Analysis of Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, and Uganda”, Paper Presented at the 6th Africa Educational Research Forum, Osaka University, Osaka, Japan, October, 2010 [E]
  • Shimada, K., “An Input and Output Analysis in Primary Education among Kenya, Malawi and Uganda: Using SACMEQ Data” Paper Presented at Paper Presented at the 7th International Education Development Forum(IEDF), Kobe University, Hyogo, Japan, October, 2014 [E]
  • Shimada, K., “Factors in “Between-School Variation” of Primary Education in Kenya – focusing on the results of SACMEQII”, Paper Presented at the 5th Africa Educational Research Forum (AERF), Nagoya University, Aichi, Japan, April, 2010 [E]
  • Shimada, K., “Project Analysis of Creating Demand for Education – A Case of Conditional Cash Transfer” , Paper Presented at the 5th International Education Development Forum, Nagoya University, Aichi, Japan, December, 2008 [E]

Language/ Skills

  • Japanese (native), English (fluent),
  • Advanced Teacher License (Social Studies at Junior-/Senior-High School in Japan)
  • STATA, R, SPSS, Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access)

Message to Potential Candidates to Ogawa Seminar

I decided to join Ogawa-seminar to learn Economics of Education when I was in Kenya for an exchange program offered by my undergraduate school in 2006. Coming to Kobe for studying under the supervision of Prof. Ogawa was a turning point of my life. Looking back the past years stayed in this seminar, I have been surprised by the fact that I could have lots of great opportunities, thanks to Prof. Ogawa and Graduate School of International Cooperation Studies (GSICS). If I were asked whether my decision making at that time was right or not, I will say that it was right with strong confidence. Even though there have been many challenges and difficulties to continue studying for the last five years, I have been able to overcome them and I can still continue pursing my dream because of Professor’s, and my friend’s tremendous encouragement with continuous supports. In order not to regret your life at the very last moment of your life, I hope you believe yourself and start giving your best effort to achieve your mission in your life. Then, if you realize that your mission in your life lies in educational development, Ogawa seminar in GSICS will be the best option for you.