Research Interest:

  • Education Policy and Planning,Quality of Education,Economics of Education


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Kobe University [Expected] (Mar. 2015)
  • Research Student (Certificate), Kobe University (Sep. 2007)
  • Master of Education, Naruto University of Education (Mar. 2006)
  • Teaching Training (Certificate), Naruto University of Education (Mar. 2004)
  • Management in Education (Diploma), FLACSO (Sep. 2002)
  • Bachelor of Arts in Education, INES (Dec. 1993)


  • Social Policy Specialist at UNICEF Equatorial Guinea, Malabo, Equatorial Guinea (Jun.-Dec. 2014)
  • Consultant at PADECO and JICA Research Institute, Tokyo, Japan. Countries: Burkina Faso/Senegal (Oct. 2012-Mar. 2014)
  • Consultant at KU/CMU Joint Venture for UNICEF Myanmar, Yangon, Myanmar (Jun.-Dec. 2013)
  • Teaching/Research Assistant at Kobe University, Kobe, Japan (Apr. 2009-Mar. 2013)
  • Research Fellow at Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (IRE Program), Brazil (Feb.-May 2011)
  • Student Lecturer for Training and Dialogue Program organized by Kansai International Center of Japan International Cooperation Agency, “Education Administration and Finance: Focused on Quality and Equity of Basic Education” (Dec. 2010, Dec. 2011, Dec. 2012, Jun. 2013)
  • Coordinator of the Forum.IV Africa Education Research Forum (AERF), Naruto University of Education, Naruto (Japan), October 16-17, 2009.
  • Delegate – Representing UNCRD Hyogo Office – in the 2009 Global Consultation Inter-Agency Network for Education in Emergency (INEE) for the update of Handbook of the INEE Minimum Standards for Education in Emergencies, Chronic Crises and Early Reconstruction. Istanbul (Turkey) (March 31 – April 3, 2009)
  • Intern at United Nations Center for Regional Development (UNCRD), Japan (Oct. 2007-Jun. 2008)
  • Intern at United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC), USA (Jul.2008-Sep. 2008)
  • Information Management Intern, United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) Relief Web, Japan (Feb.-Jul. 2007)
  • Intern at Ministry of Education, Yemen (Sep. 2006; Aug.-Sep. 2007)
  • Scholar Recipient of Japan MEXT at Okayama University, and at Naruto University of Education, Japan (Oct. 2002-Mar.2004)
  • Teacher of children with special education needs, TERNIUM, Ramallo, Argentina (Oct. 1992-Sep. 2002)
  • Secondary School Teacher, Argentine Ministry of Education, (Apr. 1992-Sep. 2002)


  • Coolican, M. (2012). Global Curriculum Organizations, In C. Lin, (eds.), International Education: An Encyclopedia of Contemporary Issues and Systems, Section 11: Institutions of Education throughout the World, Serie 2, ISBN 978-0-7656-2049-1 New York: M.E. Sharpe.
  • Coolican, M. (2007). Comparing Lessons of Social Studies’ Yemeni Textbooks for Grades 7 to 9 of Basic Education. In Keiichi Ogawa (ed.), Public Policy and Girls Education in Yemen: Field Study Report, Kobe: Graduate School of International Cooperation Studies Kobe University, 2(3), 54-78.
  • Coolican, M. (2006c). ICET. The Argentinian National Identity through the Understanding of the Collective Memory in the Curriculum Contents of the Ethical and Citizenship Formation Axis in the Argentinian National Curriculum of the Social Sciences. International Yearbook on Teacher Education, United States: ICET.
  • Coolican, M. (2006b). Lesson Plan Analysis for Forming Argentinian National Identity at Secondary Schools: A Critique of Actual Teachers’ Practices in the Provinces of Córdoba and Buenos Aires. The Journal of Social Studies Education ISSN 0913-7173, Naruto: NASC, 21(3), 41-50.
  • Coolican, M. (2006a). Analysis for Forming Argentinian National Identity at Secondary Schools: A Critique of Actual Teachers’ Practices in the Provinces of Córdoba and Buenos Aires. Naruto university of Teacher’s Education, Naruto, Japan. (Master Thesis)
  • Coolican, M. (2004).Garbage Problem: A Comparative Study between Japan and Argentina (Nepal and India), with Educational Proposals.Naruto University of Education, Naruto, Japan. (Teacher Training Thesis)
  • Coolican, M. (1994). Campos Salles: Investigación exploratoria y descriptiva [Campos Salles: Exploratory and Descriptive Research]. Instituto de Enseñanza Superior (INES) de la “Ciudad del Acuerdo: San Nicolás de los Arroyos, Buenos Aires, Argentina. (Tesina)


  • UNCRD (2009). Iniciativa de la Seguridad de la Escuela ante el Terremoto (SESI):Reduciendo la vulnerabilidad de las niñas y niños escolares ante terremotos [SchoolEarthquake Safety Initiative (SESI): Reducing Vulnerability of School Children toEarthquake], United Nations Centre for Regional Development (UNCRD) DisasterManagement Planning Hyogo Office: Kobe, Japan (Translation by Coolican, M.,et. al.) (S)
  • United Nations (2007).Wider Application of building Code for Safer Housing –Proceedings of National Workshop, Lima, Peru. United Nations Centre for Regional Development (UNCRD) Disaster Management Planning Hyogo Office: Kobe, Japan. Translation by Chan L. and Coolican, M. (S)

Academic Conference Presentation

  • Coolican, M. “Relationships between family characteristics and student achievement in Brazilian private chain-schools from a comparative perspective.”Paper presented the 56thAnnual Conference of the Comparative and International Education Society (CIES),Caribe Hilton, San Juan, Puerto Rico (USA),April 20-24, 2012 (E)
  • Coolican, M. “Relationships between Family Characteristics and Students’ Achievement in Brazilian Private Chain-Schools in Japan.” Paper presented at the International Education Development Forum (IEDF), 7th Fall Joint RetreatConference, Kobe University, Kobe, (Japan), June 26-27, 2010 (E)
  • Coolican, M. “The Teaching of Culture in Secondary Education Curriculum: A Case Study of Brazilian Chain-Schools in Japan.”Paper presented at the 54th Comparative and International Education Society (CIES)Annual Meeting: “Reimagining Education”, Chicago University, Chicago (USA),March 1-5, 2010 (E)
  • Coolican, M. Poster Session presented at the 20th Japan Society for International Development (JSID), Annual Conference, “Teaching and Learning Materials for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) Education in the Case of Earthquakes”. Graduate School of Asia Pacific Studies, Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University, Beppu (Japan), November 21-22, 2009 (E)
  • Coolican, M. “An Investigation of Curriculum Alignment and Perceptions on Brazilian-Heritage Students Cultural Education in Japan.”Paper presented ate the44th Annual Meeting Japan Comparative Education Society (JCES), Tohoku University, Sendai (Japan). June 29, 2008.
  • Coolican, M.“Teacher Guidelines on Yemeni Basic Education Curricula.” Poster session presented at the 9th Spring Session of the Japan Society for International Development (JASID), Tokyo Institute of Technology (TIT), Tokyo (Japan).
  • Coolican, M. “Teacher Guidelines on Yemeni Basic Education Curricula.”Paper presented at the 52nd Annual Meetings of the Comparative and International Education Society (CIES), Conference Theme: “Gaining Educational Equity around the World”, Teachers College, Columbia University, New York(USA). March 19, 2008.
  • Coolican, M.“An Investigation of Multicultural Education for Brazilian-Heritage Children in Japan: Perceptions, Curriculum and Practices of Teachers and Students Grades 8-9.”Paper presented at the 1st International Education Development Forum, Kobe University, Kobe (Japan), January 26-27, 2008.
  • Coolican, M. “Cultural Identity and Multicultural Understanding: The Case of Basic Education School Practices in the City of Hamamatsu, Japan.” Paper presented at theJapan Society for International Development (JASID), 8th Fall Conference, Okinawa University, Naha, Okinawa (Japan), November 23-24, 2007.
  • Coolican, M.“Lesson Plan on Education in Complex Emergencies: Case Studies for Understanding the IDP’s and Refugees Conditions in Peace Building Processes.”Paper presented at the ICET 52nd World Assembly,7th Annual Border Pedagogy Conference,University of San Diego, San Diego, California (USA), July 16-19, 2007.
  • Coolican, M.“Civic Education Issues in Yemeni Basic Education Curricula.” Paper presented at the43rd Conference of the Japan Comparative Education Society (JCES), University of Tsukuba, Graduate School of Education, Tsukuba (Japan), June 29-30, 2007.
  • Coolican, M.“An Introduction of Yemeni Textbooks Analysis in Social Studies Subjects at Grades 7 – 9 of Basic Education.”Poster Session presented at theJapan Society for International Development (JASID), 8th Spring Conference, University of Toyo, Tochigi, Gunma (Japan), June 9, 2007.
  • Coolican, M.“Analysis of the Formation of Identity in the Progeny of Latin American Immigrants in Japan: Case of Secondary School Students in the City of Hamamatsu for the Improvement of the Multicultural Understanding.” Paper presented at the Conference: Redesigning Pedagogy: Culture, Knowledge and Understanding. Strand: Anthropology and Cultural Studies. Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (Singapore), May 28-30, 2007.
  • Coolican, M. “The National Identity through the Understanding of the Collective Memory in the Contents of Ethical and Citizenship Formation Axis in the Argentinian National Curriculum of Social Sciences.”Paper presented atInternational Council on Education for Teaching (ICET) 51th World Assembly,Universidade de Fortaleza, Fortaleza (Brazil), July 17-20, 2006.
  • Coolican, M. “The National Identity Education by Social Subjects in the Argentina’s Secondary School.” Paper presented at the Congress on Social Studies Education. Hiroshima Association on Social Studies Education, Hiroshima University. Hiroshima (Japan), October 29, 2005.
  • Coolican, M.“Garbage Problem: A Comparative Analysis between Japan and Argentina.”Paper presented at the 2005 AICHI World Exposition, Japan. Theme: Nature and Wisdom Argentine Pavilion, September 8-9, 2005(E and J).
  • Coolican, M. “Garbage Problem in Japan and Argentina.”Paper presented at the Environmental Education Summer-Camp, Kamikatsu Zero Waste Academy:Kamikatsu, Tokushima(Japan), September 1, 2005 (E)
  • Coolican, M. “The Argentinian Identity through the Memory: An ‘Ethical and Citizen Formation’ Transversal Class for Year 9 of General Basic Education.” Paper presented at the Congress on Social Studies Education. Naruto Association on Social Studies Education. Naruto University of Education. Naruto, Tokushima (Japan), July 31, 2005 (E)
  • Coolican, M. “Residual Management.”Paper presented at theProvincial Plan: Adolescence, Education, Social Integration.Ministerio de Educación de la Provincia de Buenos Aires. Dirección General de Cultura y Educación: Villa Gesell, Buenos Aires,Argentina, November 23, 2001 (S)
  • Coolican, M. “System of Pre-Classification and Reutilization of Solid Urban Rubbish.”Paper presented at theFundación Poder Ciudadano. Program: Classroom without Frontiers. San Nicolás de los Arroyos, Buenos Aires (Argentina), July 15, 1999 (S)

Language/ Skills

  • Spanish (Native), English (Fluent), Japanese, French, Portuguese
  • Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)

Message to Potential Candidates to Ogawa Seminar

Dr. Ogawa Seminar is a learning space where students benefit from learn and practice of what you have learned. The Seminar provides knowledge, development of skills, through the analysis of lectures, workshops, and practices. You can learn both quantitative and qualitative analysis, methodologies that are very useful for future employability. In addition, the Seminar is a door to make presentations in conferences and conducting internships and consultancies at national and international level. Interaction with the master’s degree, doctoral and alumni students creates a synergy that allows personal and professional growth from vanguard. If you are thinking in a career with solid knowledge and skills with international projection, this is your place.