Dr. 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!