Meet the GSE’s visiting scholar Kiyoshi Karaki

Kiyoshi KarakiDr. Kiyoshi Karaki is a visiting Japanese scholar from the University of Tsukuba, one of the leading research universities in Japan. He is spending a yearlong research sabbatical in Portland, along with his wife and their two sons, who are attending Sunset High School in Beaverton.

Karaki teaches social studies and citizenship education. His scholarship focus is the role of civic education and experiential learning in K–12 education as a reflective pedagogy for skill, knowledge, and identity development of youth. He wants to extend his research and teaching practice of service-learning into postsecondary and higher education systems to advance youth access and success in the K–20 education pipeline.

In particular, Karaki will be working with Christine Cress in the Educational Leadership and Policy Department on curricular integration of civic engagement and service-learning. Karaki is excited to study with Cress, an internationally known scholar, and learned of her work in 2013 when she presented several talks in Japan. He visited Minneapolis 15 years ago and wanted to return to this country, but to a warmer city this time.

Karaki will also collaborate with Pat Burk and Gayle Thieman on their civic engagement assessment grant that investigates K–12 teacher pedagogical approaches of civic education in schools.

Welcome Dr. Karaki!

One thought on “Meet the GSE’s visiting scholar Kiyoshi Karaki

  1. Email for Dr. Kiyoshi Karaki
    Dear Dr. Karaki:
    I’ve just read your bio background on the GSE website and want to offer my hope that you will enjoy Portland as I have over the years (though I’ve lived and worked in Switzerland for many years). I know Portland quite well due to marketing work I carried out years ago with the Swiss ticket-vending supplier to Tri-Met’s MAX LRT Network.

    The press release on you as a GSE visiting scholar notes your ongoing work with Christine Cress, who obviously wlll be drawing on your experience with K-20 education in Japan. This interests me too, as a nonfiction author with hope of gaining “young adult” readers in Japan. It will help if I mention the titles of the two E-Books I’ve coauthored with my wife Hanni: “Collaborating: The Bittersweet Challenge of Working Together” and “Milestones of Working Partnerships: Honing the Creative Edge”. Both of these “virtual” books can be accessed on, our self-publishing partner. They may also be purchased for uploading at a highly affordably $0.99.

    We plan to revise update our two 2014 books later this year, and one priority is to introduce more material on Japanese working partnerships. You may be able to offer us helpful suggestions on this — and not only of Nobel laureate partnerships from Japan. We’re targeting young adult readers worldwide (your K-20 schooling span probably described this range quite well, though we focus on high-school seniors and college students mainly). We’re keen on learning how future partners meet across international borders at any age, how they share common visions, and how they realize them. It’s our hope that you can inform us of how collaborative the Japanese spirit is at this point – and what, if anything, holds it back. Thanks in advance for letting us know.

    With best regards,

    Lyn (+ Hanni) Shepard, Berne, Switzerland

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