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Final Report Seminar of Young Scholar Training Program (YSTP) 2016 at Stockholm University

2017.03.09



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CESE calls for applicants from the doctorate students in the School of Education to participate in Young Scholar Training Program (YSTP) to encourage young researchers to conduct research projects with diverse perspectives. This year, we support eight research projects this year under the topic of “Education for Diversity”.

On February 23, the members of four projects participated an international symposium “Joint International Seminar Education for Diversity” held at the University of Stockholm in Sweden, and presented their final results. The seminar was organized jointly by the University of Tokyo, Stockholm University and Jyväskylä University. In addition to the Faculty of Education at the University of Stockholm, faculty members and students of Jyväskylä University School of Education joined this year. This training was conducted in collaboration with the international exchange “Global Leader Development, Swedish Training Program”.

Active discussions among students took place since they shared common research interests such as inclusive education, multilingual education, and teacher education. Many of the graduate student from the University of Tokyo experienced overseas conference for the first time. There were many international students from the University of Stockholm and the University of Jyväskyla; thus, it was good experience for the students to present in English and experience the atmosphere of diverse culture.

The following is a story of Yusuke Kusunami, the first year doctor student (Division of Professional Development of Teachers, Department of Advanced Research in Education).

I was anxious because it was the first time for me to present in an international seminar. I was not sure if I could present and communicate well with other participants. However, I was interested in the theme of the program “Education for Diversity” and education system in Nordic countries, so I decided to participate in the program. In the program, I was able to discuss with students from various countries such as Canada, Armenia, Ukraine, and Greece as well as Sweden and Finland. The experience of exchanges with students from various countries has led to confidence in conducting research abroad and present at an international conference. Particularly, I realized various educational system reflected the cultural and political background of these country. I also realized the importance of presenting about Japanese education to the international audience. In my group, there were discussions about the trends and issues in inclusive education. I received positive responses for my presentation and was contacted by some of the participants afterwards. I experienced a lot from this program and would like to present and publish internationally in the future.

In addition to the seminar, there were other part of the Sweden Training Program (February 22 to 24). The students from three universities visited cultural facilities and also elementary/junior high schools. The volunteers from Stockholm University accompanied the students from University of Tokyo and they could communicate about their college life and issues in school education. The results of this research will be published as working paper of our center.    not only research presentations but also university and school life introduction were conducted, and students from 3 universities also visited cultural facilities in the city and elementary and junior high schools together It was. At the school we also had a chance to observe the lessons and witnessed the multilingual and multicultural environment of the Swedish school and it appeared stimulated. Also, Stockholm University students guided the beautiful city of Stockholm, the exchange of students at the three universities further deepened, and there seemed to be opportunity to talk about each other’s research contents and student life. I hope to make use of my experiences in this training in the future to make presentations at overseas academic conferences and to submit articles to academic journals.

(Yusuke Kusumi, the participant of Young Scholar Training Program, and Kanako Kusanagi, Project Researcher of Center for Excellence in School Education)

Working Papers of YSTP 2015 are released.

2016.09.09

Working papers written by Ph.D students of YSTP (Young Scholar Training Program) last year are released.

 

CESE calls for graduate students’ research projects from the doctorate students in Education once a year in order to encourage the young researchers and their studies from various perspectives. In 2015, they conducted research under the topic, “School Education in the Globalization Era”.

The outcome of the research by the three individuals’ and two groups’ are on Working Paper Series in Young Scholar Training Program  .

 

 

 

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2016.09.02

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In addition to this website and our mailing list, we will post our research report, information of our events etc.

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The visitation of the delegates from Egypt to the Secondary School attached to the Faculty of Education, the University of Tokyo

2016.06.10

Eight delegates from the Ministry of Education, Education Office, and principals of elementary schools, accompanied by an interpreter and two personnel from Japan International Cooperation Agency visited the Secondary School attached to the Faculty of Education, the University of Tokyo on May 19, 2016.

Professor Ryoko Tsuneyoshi, also the principal of the Secondary School attached to the Faculty of Education, the University of Tokyo explained the characteristics of the attached secondary school such as its collaboration with the University of Tokyo, its goal to nurture holistic talents of students instead of the narrow focus on academic success, and students’ engagement to research projects. Professor Tsuneyoshi also clarified the Japanese education system including the holistic development of children, Tokkatsu.

The delegate took a tour of the school, learned about Tokkatsu with an example of lunch activity by DVD, and observed a Home Economics lesson. The lesson topic was about table etiquette. The delegates learned how to use chopsticks properly along with the students.

There were many questions from the delegates: if all schools conduct the same activities for Tokkatsu, the relevance of Tokkatsu activities to the curriculum, how to plan for lessons, whether Home Economics class and cleaning activities are mandatory, whether there is punishment for students who do not engage in cleaning activities seriously, and what is the rate of university enrollment and employment. The school principals are considering to conduct Tokkatsu activities in Egypt based on what they learned from the visit to Japanese schools.

(By Kanako Kusanagi, Project Researcher, Center for Excellence in School Education)

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Final Report Seminar of Young Scholar Training Program (YSTP) 2015 at Stockholm University

2016.03.07

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CESE calls for applicants from the doctorate students in the School of Education to encourage young researchers to conduct research projects with diverse perspectives. We support five research projects this year under the topic of “School Education in the Globalization Era”.

The final report seminar was held as student session in the international symposium “Education in the Era of Globalization: Towards the Realization of Sustainable Future” on February 24, 2016 at the Department of Education, Stockholm University that has an academic exchange agreement with the Graduate School of Education, the University of Tokyo.

There were culturally diverse participants including exchange students from both Stockholm University and University of Tokyo. Also, the presentations covered a wide range of methods and topics under the common theme of “School Education in the Globalization Era”. To present in English was a challenging since the majority of presenters were not native speakers of English. But the students presented well and were actively involved in Question and Answer sessions.

One of the participants of Young Scholar Training Program, Tetsuya Obayashi, reflected his experience of participating in the training.

I decided to join the training program in Sweden since I wanted to try presenting in an international conference. Since I worked for my research during the past six months, it was not easy to summarize and present the findings in ten minutes. Especially for Q&A, I had to be spontaneous so I was very nervous. Also, presenting our research to the international audience who were not familiar with the Japanese education system was not easy and involved a lot of efforts.

However, I was really happy that the participants were very attentive and supportive to our presentation, and we were able to have fruitful discussions overcoming language issues across disciplinary boundaries. I realized that listening carefully to one another is very important as well as to reflect to improve my presentation skill. I learned through this experience that in order to “realize education for sustainable future in the era of globalization,” which is also the theme of the international seminar, starts from listening carefully to the voices of people with different backgrounds.

In addition to the final report seminar, the study tour to Stockholm also included the campus tour in Stockholm University, and the visit to schools and the Ministry of Education. The volunteers from Stockholm University accompanied the students from University of Tokyo and they could communicate about their college life and issues in school education. It was jointly organized with the “Global Leadership Program in Sweden” for the undergraduate students in Department of Education. It was an excellent opportunity for learning and for international exchange both for the graduate and undergraduate students from Tokyo University and Stockholm University.

The results of the students’ research will be released as working paper of CESE. The students are expected to work further to develop the research and to write journal papers.

Please visit the Stockholm University website for their report of this seminar and tour in Stockholm.

Message from Mr. Brian Berry (Academic Writing Support Desk Coordinator)

Report from Stockholm University

(Tetsuya Obayashi, Master Student and the participant of Young Scholar Training Program, and Kanako Kusanagi, Project Researcher of Center for Excellence in School Education)

 

The visitation by Oasis International School, Egypt

2016.02.08

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The General Director of Oasis International School, Ms. Esmat Lamei, and her husband and the owner of the school, Dr. Anis, visited the University of Tokyo on February 1, 2016.  Oasis International School is the first private French school in Egypt and the first in the world authorized to teach in French the three programs of the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO.)

Professor Tsuneyoshi gave a presentation titled “The Japanese Model of Whole Child Education: Tokkatsu” and explained the concept of educating the whole child, cognitive as well as social/emotional, and physical, guided by democratic principles, is the pillar of Japanese school education including the video of classroom activities for Tokkatsu. The visitors asked questions such as how Japanese teachers learn to teach Tokkatsu, how to evaluate Tokkatsu activities, and how to motivate teachers to engage in professional development.

The group also visited Miyamae Elementary School in Meguro City and observed the school activities. They ate school lunch with the first graders and observed how students organized themselves to participate in serving lunch and cleaning their classrooms. Afterwards, the principal Mr. Kashiwaba guided the group to watch extracurricular activities, the school farm, as well as the storage center for emergency. Since the school serves as the regional center for emergency evacuation, the storage for food and supply at the time of emergency is located there.

Ms. Esmat was impressed how the collaborative and holistic approach to educate students is embedded in Japanese school activities such as the sixth graders helping the first graders for cleaning, students taking initiatives for serving lunch and cleaning classrooms, and establishing partnership with parents and community through school farming. She said she wants to try the things she learned from the Japanese school.

(By Kanako Kusanagi, Project Researcher, Center for Excellence in School Education)

 

Progress Report Seminar of Young Scholar Training Program (YSTP) 2015

2015.12.15

The visitation of the delegates from Egypt

2015.10.20

The Presidential Adviser for National security, Minister of Education, and officials from Egypt visited the University of Tokyo on October 14, 2015. Professor Tsuneyoshi gave a presentation titled “The Japanese Model of Whole Child Education: Tokkatsu” and explained the concept of educating the whole child, cognitive as well as social/emotional, and physical, guided by democratic principles, is the pillar of Japanese school education. These principles are embedded in daily school activities and essential for students’ development both academically and socially.

The Egyptian delegates were interested to know how Tokkatsu was incorporated into pre-service teacher training, how to conduct an assessment on Tokkatsu, and whether both boys and girls participate in special activities such as serving lunch for their classmates. The delegates visited Ibukata Elementary School and Koishikawa Junior/Senior High school to observe Tokkatsu activities.

(By Kanako Kusanagi, Project Researcher, Center for Excellence in School Education)

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(Campus only)Call for Projects of Young Scholar Training Program (YSTP) 2015

2015.04.22

ESE calls for graduate students’ research projects from the doctorate students in Education once a year in order to encourage the young researchers and their studies from various perspectives. The topic for 2015 is “School Education in the Globalization Era”, as in 2014.

Please download the guidlines for applicants and the application form from the Graduate School of Education HP (access restricted, written in Japanese) or the Campus Only page (Japanese) on CESE website.

Young Scholar Training Program (YSTP) 2015_poster(Japanese)

 

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