World Councillor


Maho. Sato is a researcher and teacher deeply committed to art education. She is an Associate Professor of Art Education in the Faculty of Education, Chiba University in Japan since 2015. Her research interests are craft education in formal and informal settings, art teacher education, art curriculum, socio-cultural issues and educational comparative research. She has been involved in a research projects about arts-based research in schools and developing art curriculum in early years education in Japan. Also, she has conducted a collaborative art project in teacher training courses in Japan and Hungary in order to develop pre-service teachers’ visual competencies and their teaching skills. Her new research is about teaching traditional craft and cultural identity in Japan (Grant-in-Aid for Young Scientists).



I have been a member of InSEA since 2005 and have had a wonderful experience sharing knowledge and ideas about art education with people from different cultural groups. This experience developed my awareness of significant role of international academic associations. Art has never been a central subject in school curricula in any place and time. It is important for art educators to have an opportunity to share their passion, knowledge and experience with others in order to develop a status of art in education. I would like to be a bridge between people in a field of art and education locally and globally.


Biographical details

Maho. Sato received her MA in Fin Arts (Japanese painting) from Joshibi University of Art and Design and her specialist art teacher certificates in 2003. After She completed her study in Japan, she decided to study art education and research in England. She received her MA in Art, Craft and Design Education from University of Surrey Roehampton in 2005 and PhD from Roehampton University in 2010. The title of PhD thesis is ‘An Investigation into the Relationship between Design Thinking and Skilled Knowledge in Craft Education’. She has experience of working as a teacher in a design institution and public lower secondary school. She conducts art and craft workshops nationally and internationally.