KAWAGOE, JAPAN, April 12, 2021 /24-7PressRelease/ — Marquis Who’s Who, the world’s premier publisher of biographical profiles, is proud to present Akihiro Yoshida with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award. An accomplished listee, Dr. Yoshida celebrates many years’ experience in his professional network, and has been noted for achievements, leadership qualities, and the credentials and successes he has accrued in his field. As in all Marquis Who’s Who biographical volumes, individuals profiled are selected on the basis of current reference value. Factors such as position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in a field are all taken into account during the selection process.
Dr. Yoshida, a professor emeritus of the University of Tokyo since 1995, was a respected member of the Faculty of Education on Hongo campus for more than two decades. Hired as an associate professor in 1972 after three years as an associate professor at Ochanomizu Women’s University in Tokyo, he later became a full professor in 1985 until his retirement in 1995. Dr. Yoshida was also a Fulbright visiting scholar at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh from 1980 to 1981. He continued to hold his full professorships, at the University of Iwate between 1995 and 1998, at Kawamura Gakuen Women’s University between 1998 and 2001, and Skukutoku University from 2001 until 2010. He also taught as a visiting lecturer at the following Universities: Kyushu, Okayama, Osaka, Kyoto, Rikkyo, Chuo, Ochanomizu, Nihon Joshi, Taisho, Saitama, Gunma, and Iwate. He taught as a guest professor at The Open University of Japan, formerly The University of the Air, from 1990 to 2000.
Dr. Yoshida was excellent in mathematics in high school so he believed his destiny would be to become a mathematician, and he entered the appropriate courses. However, he found college mathematics lectures boring and began searching for other possible life courses. He then encountered an educational psychology professor who was lecturing on the education of intellectually handicapped children. His lectures were extremely interesting because they were deeply based on personally-lived experiences in the real world. Choosing to change his course of life, Dr. Yoshida was given the opportunity to obtain rich direct contact with living human-lived experiences, which made all the difference for him.
Well-received by countless students over the years, Dr. Yoshida was delighted to have the opportunity to teach and influence so many. He also enjoyed his time devoted to research, as it came with many personal rewards. He had wandered through many psychologies: L.L.Thurstone’s Factor Analytic, S.L.Rubinstein’s Dialectical Materialistic, J.Piaget’s and D.P.Ausubel’s Cognitive, W. Ross Ashby’s Cybernetics, D. M. MacKay’s Information Theory of Meaning, and many others. However, his fortunate encounter around late 1971 with the Japanese master teacher Kihaku Saito fundamentally redirected his orientation toward Human Science and Phenomenology, initially via Phenomenological Psychopathology of Miyeko Kamiya, Koichi Ogino, Tokuji Shimoyama, and H. van den Berg. Philosophers E. Husserl, M. Heidegger, R. Ingarden, A. Schutz, H. Spiegelberg, J. Paul G. Ricœur, V. Jankelevitch, O.F.Bollnow and others have become his adored predecessors. And, Amedeo Giorgi, Max van Manen, Bernd Jager, Steen Halling, Ernest Keen, Robert Romanyshyn, David Seamom, Linda Finlay and others are now among his highly respected friends in the Human Science Research community.
After having adopted the phenomenological orientation, with which he has remained over these forty years, he notably conducted extensive studies in the phenomenological psychological explication of meanings and structures of the outstanding educational practices by Japanese master teachers. His numerous articles, both in Japanese and in English, are accessible in the Blog: https://yoshidaakihiro.jimdofree.com/.
Born in Tokyo, Dr. Yoshida studied at the University of Tokyo, earning a Bachelor of Art in education, with the honor of being designated as the valedictorian at the 1960 graduation. He obtained a Master of Art in education in 1962 and finished his Doctor Course requirements later in 1968. In 1964, he was accepted to the University of Illinois, where he spent three years as a research assistant before graduating in 1967 with a Doctor of Philosophy. He spent a year at Cornell University as a research associate between 1968 and 1969. Dr. Yoshida was formerly a member of APA, AERA, Phi Delta Kappa, JPA, and JERA. He is a longtime member of the Phenomenological Association of Japan and the International Human Science Research Conference (IHSRC). He is also an honorary member and former director of the Japanese Association of Educational Psychology. Dr. Yoshida was granted a Fulbright graduate fellowship from 1964 to 1967 and again a senior researcher’s fellowship between 1980 and 1981.
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