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Kazunori SATO, Ph.D, M.Ed

Ph.D. in Information Science from the Tohoku University

M.Ed. from the Joetsu University of Education


Associate Professor of Educational Technology and Educational Method

Center for Research on Innovative Learning, Institute of Education, SHINSHU University. 
He is engaged in research and development on education about media and information society.

Kazunori Sato received his Ph.D. in Information Science from the Tohoku University in 2018.
He had been an Elementary School Teacher at Tokyo Metropolitan from 2006 to 2017, Assistant Professor at Faculty of Education, Tokoha University from 2017 to 2020, Fellow at Center for Educational Research and Development, Joetsu University of Education from 2017 and Part-Time Lecturer at Faculty of Education, Shizuoka University from 2018 to 2020.

He has been enthusiastically partnering with schools and classroom teachers to research Media/Information Literacy Education, including curriculum development, instructional design, learning environments and situations, and teacher training.

Professional Preparation

  • Meisei University, B.A., Education, 2004

  • Joetsu University of Education, M.A., School Education, 2006, Educational Technology

  • Tohoku University, Ph.D, Information Science, 2018, Educational Technology


  • Master thesis: “Development and Evaluation of the Media Literacy Training Program in Teacher Education” (Graduate School of School Education, Joetsu University of Education) December, 2005

  • Doctoral dissertation: “Study on Supporting Teaching Practice of Media Literacy by Elementary School Teachers” (Graduate School of Information Sciences, Tohoku University) March 27, 2018


  • 2010 Incentive Award from Internet Educational Practice Contest(Co-Organized by MEXT)

  • 2016 Young Outstanding Performance Award from Japan Society for Digital Textbook

  • 2017 Outstanding Paper Award from Japan Association for Educational Media Study

  • 2021 Best Paper Award from IIAI AAI 2021


Articles (Refereed) – Major Research Paper Written in English

  • Mitsuhiro Watanabe, Kazuki Mitsui, Kazunori Sato, Seiko Nakano, Yasuhisa Koide, Tatsuya Horita, 5-Month Comparative Study of Japanese Input Speed by Keyboard of Elementary School Children Learning with 1:1 Devices for the First Time. International Journal of Learning Technologies and Learning Environments Vol.# No.#, 2023

  • Kiichiro Okubo, Kazunori Sato, Tomohiro Yamamoto, Shota Itagaki, Satoshi Nakagawa, Tatsuya Horita, Practice and Effects of Programming Education Using Drones in the Agriculture Unit of the Fifth Grade of Elementary School Social Studies.Information and Technology in Education and Learning, Vol.2 No.1, Trans-p010

  • Satoshi NAKAGAWA, Ryo SAITO, Shota ITAGAKI, Tomohiro TAMAMOTO, Kazunori SATO, Tatsuya TORITA, Characteristics and Cognitive Processes of Teachers’ Test Scoring in Japanese Elementary and Secondary Education. International Journal of Learning Technologies and Learning Environments Vol.1 No.1, 2022

  • Satoshi NAKAGAWA, Kazunori SATO, Ryo SAITO, Tatsuya HORITA, Development and Evaluation of a Scoring Support System for Writing Tests for Subject Teachers and Classroom Teachers.Information and Technology in Education and Learning, Vol.1, No.1, pp.Trans-p001, 2021

  • Kiichiro OKUBO, Kazunori SATO, Yuichi WADA, Kazuyuki ASAI, Shunichi KUBO, Tatsuya HORITA, Study of Effective Teaching Method of Manga Reading Based on the Reading Comprehension Process. International Journal of Learning Technologies and Learning Environments (IJLTLE) , Vol.2, No.2, pp.54-66, 2019

  • Kazunori SATO, Ryo SAITO, Tatsuya HORITA, The Effects of Continuation of Media Literacy Lessons, Media Experience, and Teaching Experience Toward Elementary School Teachers Media Literacy. Journal of Educational Technology Research, Vol.41, pp.13-24, 2018

  • Takashi SHIBATA, Kazunori SATO, Ryohei IKEJIRI, Generating Questions for Inquiry-based Learning of History in Elementary Schools by Using Stereoscopic 3D Images. IEICE Transactions on Electronics, Vol.E100.C, pp.1012−1020, 2017

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