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Department of Education

Akira P. Shah

Doctoral Student

College Affiliation: St Antony's College

Akira is a DPhil Student in Anthropology affiliated with the School of Anthropology & Museum Ethnography, and associated with both the Department of Education and Nissan Institute of Japanese Studies. He is supervised by David Mills and Roger Goodman.

Akira’s doctoral research rests with the concepts of ‘international’ and ‘global education,’ and is grounded in the recent emergence and growth of International Baccalaureate (IB) education in Japan. Focused on IB educator training across several higher education institutions (HEIs), Akira aims – solely through digital anthropological approaches – to contextualize the everyday negotiations of ‘international’ and ‘global’ knowledge, both by those receiving and administering its training. Considering social, political, economic and cognitive aspects, one key objective of this research hopes to inform educational practitioners and policy-makers of some of the conceptual and social challenges that emerge with dissonant notions of cultivating ‘international’ and ‘global people.’

Akira has been an Associate Researcher at the Graduate School of Teacher Education, Tokyo Gakugei University since autumn 2020, a post he continues to hold until the end of his doctoral degree. He also currently works as an Anthropological Analyst for Contemplative Spaces, a consultancy focused on designing and delivering a range of leadership development initiatives for individuals, groups, and organizational bodies. His future career plans include further anthropological research and establishing consultancy services dedicated to various inclusion-based development initiatives.

Thesis

Amplifying the Borderlands of ‘International-mindedness’ & ‘Global Human Resource’: A Digital Ethnography of International Baccalaureate Teacher Training in Japanese Higher Education

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