JD Parker

James “JD” Parker, who is earning his PhD in the Educational Foundations (EDEF) Global and International Education program, is a 2022–2023 Crown Prince Akihito Scholarship recipient. As part of the scholarship program, he will receive a $45,000 allowance to study for one to two years at a Japanese University, which includes access to educational networks at the national and government levels.

“Having devoted the better part of my career and academic studies to developing greater understanding between the U.S. and Japan, I know this scholarship will empower me with the credentials, skills, and knowledge necessary to promote an interconnected Asia-Pacific region through education,” stated Parker.

Established in 1959 to commemorate the wedding of then Crown Prince Akihito and Crown Princess Michiko, the scholarship is awarded to graduate students of Japan or the United States who are pursuing a subject area leading to better understanding between Japan and the United States. Parker’s research investigates human rights education (HRE) as a global educational trend in the context of teacher training programs called “Lesson Study in Japan.”

“With the relatively young history of HRE in Japan, there is a dearth of research focusing on the essential mechanisms of HRE implementation and recontextualization within teacher professional development in Japan,” explained Parker. “This research is particularly relevant given the global debates around the increasing influence and participation of global education governance in schooling practices.”

Parker will provide written reports to the Crown Prince Akihito Scholarship Foundation office in Honolulu during his time in Japan.

“Educational Foundations is thrilled that James will have this support to conduct his research in Japan,” said EDEF Associate Professor Alexander Means. “The questions he is pursuing in his dissertation regarding human rights education are crucial at this time of global conflict and inequality. Looking forward to seeing the results of this impactful study and how they can be used to improve education for all.”

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