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Oshie Nishimura-Sahi

apurahatutkija, väitöskirjatutkimus

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Oshie Nishimura-Sahi is a doctoral researcher at the Faculty of Education and Culture, Tampere University in Finland. Her research interests include the nature of global education policies and trends, the transnational mobility of educational ideas and the interplay among multiple actors in the processes of policy transfer.

Her dissertation is concerned with a global education policy, namely, the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) to understand the relational, networked and assembled nature of globalised education policy. Drawing on documentary materials and in-depth interviews, it explores what political circumstance gave rise to Japanese interest in the CEFR, how certain CEFR ideas became incorporated into the Japanese education system, and how the CEFR itself has been developed in the course of its transfer. In so doing, her dissertation ultimately aims to challenge the hierarchy in the binary conception of the global as policy lender/circulator and the local as policy borrower.

Oshie is also interested in utilising concepts and approaches to knowledge production that have been developed by Japanese thinkers. Using Japanese ideas developed in the periphery of the academic landscape, she attempts to contribute to the advancement of the methodological and epistemological diversity in comparative education research from the decolonial perspective.

Her research interests comprise also such themes as education export [Koulutusvienti in Finnish], multicultural and intercultural education, foreign language education policy and education systems in Japan and Finland.


2021 - 2023 KAS.KAA.110 The Finnish Education and Schooling System (Independent study, English essay)

Merkittävimmät julkaisut

  • Nishimura-Sahi, O. 2023. Fūdo in foreign language learning in Japan and Finland: An autoethnographic study of a PhD Journey. The Copenhagen Journal of Asian Studies, 41 (1): 62-83. (open access)
  • Nishimura-Sahi, O. 2022. Assembling educational standards: Following the actors of the CEFR-J project. Globalisation, Societies and Education, 21 (3): 392-404. DOI: 10.1080/14767724.2022.2037071 (open access
  • Nishimura-Sahi, O. 2021. 第7章:フィンランドの教育輸出 [Chapter 7: Report on education export in Finland]. In K. Takayama et al.「日本型教育の海外展開の在り方に関する調査研究事業」最終成果報告書 [Final report: EDU-Port Japan Pr oject 2.0]. Commissioned project by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology of Japan (MEXT) to Kyoto University, Graduate School of Education (2020 – 2021). (open access
  • Nishimura-Sahi, O. 2020. Policy borrowing of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) in Japan: An analysis of the interplay between global education trends and national policymaking. Asian Pacific Journal of Education, 42 (3):574-587. DOI: 10.1080/02188791.2020.1844145 (open access
  • Nishimura-Sahi, Oshie. 2020. フィンランドの入試改革:生涯学習と社会人入学の伝統の転換 [Student admissions reform in higher education institutions in Finland]. In M. Ito (Ed.). 変動する大学入試:資格か選抜か・ヨーロッパと日本 [Certification or Selection?: Secondary School/University Articulation Reforms in Europe and Japan]. Tokyo: Taishūkan shoten. 197 – 200.