MIOKO SAITO

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Gender equality in learning achievement, instructional design and development, life-long education, sampling technique, instrument design, Rasch measurement

Mioko Saito is a Programme Specialist in the Training and Education Programme Unit and leads the assessment processes as well as gender mainstreaming of teaching/learning materials.

She is an expert in both quantitative and qualitative methods for educational research, in particular in the area of quality of education and gender equality in learning achievement.

She is responsible for the capacity building programme for educational planners in order to conduct qualitative research study to find out the reasons for gender differences in student achievement. At the IIEP she is responsible for courses on “Methodology for projects”, “Quantitative methods for monitoring and evaluating the quality of education”, and “Monitoring and evaluating the gender equality in education”.

She also provides technical support on the conduct of a large-scale educational policy research, especially in the areas of sampling technique, instrument design, field manual development, data validation, data archiving, measurement issues, and linking the research evidence with educational policy and planning, for several of the regional networks, including SACMEQ (Southern Africa Consortium for Monitoring the Quality of Education), PASEC (Programme for the Analysis of Education Systems), NEQMAP (Network on Education Quality Monitoring in the Asia-Pacific), and SEAMEO-PLM (Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization Primary Learning Metric).

She has also worked in the areas of higher education management, secondary education, and life-long education at the IIEP before commencing the work on the quality of education.

Before joining IIEP in 1992, she served as an Associate Expert in the Science and Technology Education Section at the UNESCO Headquarters. Before joining UNESCO, she was responsible for courses including 'instructional design and development', 'visual literacy' and 'educational media production' at the University of Oklahoma, USA.

Education

  • PhD in the field of Educational Psychology with emphasis on Educational Technology from the University of Oklahoma in the USA, 1990

Publications

  • Saito, M. (forthcoming). (Ed.). Stories behind gender equality in student achievements. Paris: IIEP-UNESCO.
  • Saito, M. (forthcoming). To flush or not to flush – Monitoring and evaluating the primary school sanitary facilities against Ministries’ benchmark standards in Southern and Eastern African countries. Chapter in Toilets and gender: Case studies in African schools. Paris: IIEP-UNESCO.
  • Saito, M. 2013. Manual for story writing. IIEP Programme on Gender Equality in Education. Paris, IIEP.
  • Saito, M. 2012. Manual for data collectors. Volume 1. School observations and individual interviews. IIEP Programme on Gender Equality in Education. Paris, IIEP.
  • Saito, M. 2012. Manual for data collectors. Volume 2. Classroom observations and focus-group interviews. IIEP Programme on Gender Equality in Education. Paris, IIEP.
  • Saito, M. 2012. Manual for data preparation and preliminary analyses. IIEP Programme on Gender Equality in Education. Paris, IIEP.
  • (Co-author of) Data preparation and management: Module 10. Paris: IIEP-UNESCO. 2005
  • (Co-author of) Institutional management in higher education in Western Africa: report. Paris: UNESCO; IIEP. 1995
  • (Co-author of) Communication technology for learning. Paris, UNESCO; IIEP. 1994

Outside IIEP, she has also published research articles in English, French, Japanese, and Spanish.
Some selected publications are as follows:

  • Unterhalter, E., North, A., Arnot, M., Lloyd, C., Moletsane, L., Murphy-Graham, E., Parkes, J., & Saito, M. 2014. Interventions to enhance girls’ education and gender equality: A rigorous review of literature. London: DFID.
  • Saito, M. 2013. Violence in Primary Schools in Southern and Eastern Africa: Some Evidence from SACMEQ. SACMEQ Gender Series Contribution #1. Paris: SACMEQ.
  • Saito, M. 2013. The classroom gender dynamics on the quality of learning at primary schools in Southern and Eastern Africa. Paper presented at the 57th Annual Conference of the Comparative and International Education Society (CIES) (March 2013).
  • Saito, M. 2012. Measuring gender sensitivity in educational environment and curriculum areas: Results based on the trends in gender equality in learning achievement in Southern and Eastern Africa. Paper presented at the 56th Annual Conference of the Comparative and International Education Society (CIES) (April 2012).
  • Saito, M. 2011. Trends in the magnitude and direction of gender differences in learning outcomes. SACMEQ Working Paper #4.
  • Saito, M. 2011. Violence in Primary Schools in Southern and Eastern Africa: Evidence from SACMEQ. Paper presented at UNESCO Workshop on Preventing Violence against Women – Linking Research and Policy. (Paris, 24 November 2011).
  • Saito, M., Ssenbulya, F., & Lubega, I. 2011. Progress in gender equality in education: Uganda. SACMEQ Policy Brief #6.
  • Saito, M. 2011. Trends in gender equality in learning achievement in Southern and Eastern Africa: Exploration of characteristics of educational environment and curriculum areas. Paper presented at the IIEP Policy Forum on Gender Equality in Education (Paris, 3-4 October 2011).
  • Saito, M. and van Cappelle, F. 2010. Chapter 1: Monitoring the quality of education: Exploration of concept, methodology, and the link between research and policy (pp. 3-34). In A. W. Wiseman (Ed.) The impact of international achievement studies on national education policymaking. International perspectives on education and society, V. 13. Bingley: Emerald.
  • Saito, M. (2010). The gender gap in learning – Back to square one. IIEP Newsletter Vol. XXVIII. No. 3 September-December 2010.
  • Saito, M. (June 2010). Differential Item Functioning (DIF) on Gender, Time, and Country for the Pupil and Teacher Reading Tests in the SACMEQ III Research Study. Paper presented during: 2010 International Conference on Probabilistic Models for Measurement in Education, Psychology, Social Science, and Health, Copenhagen, Denmark.
  • Saito, M. (2010). Gender Differences in Pupil Reading and Mathematics Achievement: Results from SACMEQ. Background paper for: Global Education Digest (GED) 2010 Special Focus on Gender. UNESCO Institute of Statistics.
  • Saito, M. Sep. 2009. Lectura y desarrollo de capacidades en comunidades marginadas: Programa SACMEQ. Paper presented to: Encuentro Internacional de Salas de Lectura, Mexico City, Mexico.
  • Saito, M. 2008. Chapter 7: Quality of Education – Importance and the measurement issues of quality of education in the EFA context. (in Japanese) In Reflection into International Development of Education by M. Nishimura, K. Ogawa, & Y. Kitamura (Eds.). pp. 163-189.
  • Saito, M. 2008. The Differential item functioning (DIF) analysis of test items from the SACMEQ-II pupil Mathematics test across gender. Paper presented at the Third International Rasch Measurement Conference, Perth, Australia (January 2008).
  • Saito, M. 2007. Gender equality and education for all in Vietnam: Result from the Vietnam grade 5 survey in 2001. (in Japanese) Journal of international cooperation in education, 10 (2), pp. 129-145.
  • Saito, M. 2007. Construction and application of SACMEQ school resources: Portray of school systems based on the Rasch scaling technique. Journal of International Cooperation in Education, 10(1), pp. 165-182.
  • Saito, M. 2007. Gender equality and education for all (EFA) in Vietnam: Results from the Vietnam grade 5 survey in 2001. Paper presented at the Biennial CESA-CESHK Conference on Learning from Each Other in an Asian Century, Hong Kong (January 2007).