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Hiroshima University
Ph.D.(Hiroshima University), Master(Hiroshima University)
Research funding number


Dr. Kusahara is a professor of social studies education at Hiroshima University, Japan. Most of his scholarly writing concerns the curricular-instructional gatekeeping in Social Studies teachers, and the rationale of citizenship education. He is currently writing books on the teaching territorial issues and the research methodology. Dr. Kusahara has taken office as secretary general of Japanese Educational Association for the Social Studies. He is also active in the social studies profession. For example he has consulted with the public schools in Hiroshima for professional development (lesson study), and acted as member of advisory board on national curriculum revision (Geography).

Research Areas


Academic & Professional Experience

Apr 2014
Professor, Graduate School of Education, Hiroshima University
Apr 2009
Mar 2014
Associate Professor, Graduate School of Education, Hiroshima University
Apr 2004
Mar 2009
Associate Professor・Associate Professor, Naruto University of Education
Apr 2001
Mar 2004
Lecturer, Naruto University of Education
Apr 1997
Mar 2001
Research Associate, Hyogo University of Teacher Education


Apr 1995
Mar 1997
Graduate School, Division of Education, Hiroshima University
Apr 1989
Mar 1993
Faculty of Education, Hiroshima University

Awards & Honors

Oct 2007
The Emerging Geogarphy Curriculum As Citizienship Education, Young Investigator Award of JSSRA

Published Papers

A heuristic for controversial issue gatekeeping within social studies education, Journal of Social Studies Education In Asia
7 65-76   Mar 2018   [Refereed]
How can Textbooks Be Used for Citizenship Education? Alternative Gatekeeping for Social Studies Teachers
Proceedings; The International Seminar on Social Studies and History Education, Promoting Justice Equal World   7-12   Oct 2016   [Refereed][Invited]
The bulletin of Japanese curriculum research and development   37(1) 63-74   Jun 2014   [Refereed]
The bulletin of Japanese curriculum research and development   37(1) 85-94   Jun 2014   [Refereed]
The Possibility of the Curriculum Designs implemented by the Social Studies Teachers : A Case Study on the Development and Application of the History Resource Book
20 91-102   Mar 2014
The journal of social studies education   3 17-36   Mar 2014
Research Philosophies and Methodologies of Japanese Social Studies Educational Scholars
48 56-75   Feb 2014
Characteristics of Research Methods on Social Studies Education in Japan : Focusing on Similarities and Differences between J. P. Shaver's and T. Moriwake's Views
48 97-108   Mar 2012   [Refereed]
The Annals of educational research   (39) 285-290   2010
Web Video Archive System for Facilitating Pre-service Teacher Reflective Learning of Teaching Practices
Proceedings of E-Learn 2007: World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, & Higher Education   7108-7111   Oct 2007   [Refereed]

Books etc

Global Learning Based on the C3 Framework in the K-12 Social Studies Classroom
National Council for the Social Studies (Part:Joint Work)
Citizenship Education in Japan
Jan 2011   

Conference Activities & Talks

How have the modern geography textbooks in Japan represented the world regions for building the Japanese citizen? [Invited]
Kazuhiro Kusahara
The Center of Japanese Studies, Cairo University International Symposium   22 Sep 2018   Cairo University
Two students’ journeys of thinking about the notions of peace through the tragedy of Hiroshima: A comparative case study of the effect of students’ historical backgrounds on peace education
Kim, J., Kusahara, K. Kawaguchi, H., & Komatsu, M.
Presentation to the 20th CiCea Conference   12 May 2018   CiCea(Children's Identity & Citizenship European Association)
The Mission, Vision and Strategy of EVRI for International Collaboration. [Invited]
Kazuhiro Kusahara
The First Joint Symposium on Education by Hong Kong Baptist University and Hiroshima University   17 Mar 2018   Hong Kong Baptist University
Deconstructing Notions of Peace: Rethinking Hiroshima with the C3 Framework
Jongsung Kim, Kazuhiro Kusahara
56TH ANNUAL CCSS CONFERENCE at Sacramento   3 Mar 2017   California Council for the Social Studies
How and when can pre-service teachers develop their lesson planning skills in Social Studies?
Yu Osaka, Takumi Watanabe, Jongsung Kim, Kazuhiro Kusahara
The 9th East Asia International Symposium on Teacher Education   Nov 2014   International Consortium for Universities of Education in East Asia
Realities in Classrooms: Japanese Social Studies Teachers’ Teaching and Perceptions
Hiromi Kawaguchi; Kazuhiro Kusahara
Jul 2013   
What Japanese School Teachers Say about Social Studies?
Hiromi Kawaguchi,Kazuhiro Kusahara;Masato Ogawa
CUFA (College and University Faculty Assembly), NCSS 92th Annual Conference   Nov 2012   NCSS
What Japanese social studies teachers say about Citizenship Education?
May 2012   8th CitizED Conference
A Comparative Study of Social Studies Research in Japan and the United States
CUFA (College and University Faculty Assembly), NCSS 91th Annual Conference   Nov 2011   CUFA (College and University Faculty Assembly), NCSS
What Japanese Young Adolescents Know and Think about Citizenship and Civic Engagement: An Analysis from the 2007-09 National Citizenship Study
7th CitizED International Conference   May 2011   
Illuminated REalities; Examinations of English, Japanese, and U.S. Social Studies Textbook
Ogawa Masato; Kazuhiro Kusahara
AERA (American Educational Research Association), 2011 Annual Meeting   Apr 2011   AERA (American Educational Research Association)
Citizenship Education in Japan: Past, Present, and Future
CUFA (College and University Faculty Assembly), NCSS 90th Annual Conference   Nov 2010   CUFA (College and University Faculty Assembly), NCSS

Research Grants & Projects

Project Year: 2018 - 2021    Investigator(s): Kazuhiro Kusahara
Project Year: 2015 - 2018
Project Year: 2014 - 2016
Project Year: 2011 - 2013
Project Year: 2011 - 2014
Project Year: 2011 - 2014
Project Year: 2010 - 2012    Investigator(s): KUSAHARA, Kazuhiro
The purpose of this study is to develop the outline of “Research Handbook” by abstracting and reconstructing the cores ofUS and Japanese research methodologies on the Social Studies education, for encouraging the international academic exchange. T...
Project Year: 2010 - 2013
Project Year: 2010 - 2012    Investigator(s): YATABE, Reio
This study is an international comparative study about the unification of a textbook and instruction and the evaluation in a subject to aim for citizenship upbringings such as social studies, geography and history, civics in Japan,geography, histo...
Project Year: 2007 - 2009    Investigator(s): TANAHASHI, Kenji
The purpose of this study is to shed light on citizenship of Japanese youth as well as the process by which it forms in the context of new 21st century nations and societies in which citizenship is demanded. By using questionnaire from the IEA's i...
Project Year: 2007 - 2009    Investigator(s): KUSAHARA, Kazuhiro
The purpose of this study is to clarify the strategies of reflective improvement of the social studies class based on the teacher's failures or missteps. The causes of them are generally classified into the following types; the lost or unclearness...
Project Year: 2006 - 2008    Investigator(s): KARAKI, Kiyoshi
Project Year: 2003 - 2005
Project Year: 2000 - 2001
Project Year: 1998 - 1999