At our Graduate school, we have since April of 2007 separated the research organization and the educational organization in order to promptly meet the new needs surrounding education that arises as a result of changes in the society.
Our organization is divided into the research organization and the educational organization. Education Research Institute Faculty of Education as research organization has two fields consisting of Developmental Science and Education and Social Development, and also attached to the institute is a Clinical Research Center for Child Development.
The educational organization consists of Graduate school of Education and Education Department. Graduate school of Education has eight seminars as graduate school with master’s and doctorate program. Because of the wide variety of research, each seminar is carried out not only by the teaching staff of the Education Research Institute Faculty of Education but also by the members of other Faculty, and Institute.
The Education Department consists of 4 specialized fields categorized by research area.
The outline and characteristics of each of our 8 key seminars are as follows:
- 1 School Education
- The main theme of this seminar is to help create flexible school organizations and educational administrations capable of dealing with problems in education that are becoming increasingly common, such as difficulty managing classes, decreased motivation and academic performance of students, and dramatic change in the way students interact with each other. In order to solve these problems, we must give consideration to content and methods for teaching, as well as how schools can be studied as organizations and institutions. It is also important to learn from the history of teaching and the situations surrounding education in the world. In this seminar, we will take a multifaceted and broad viewpoint to seek out open challenges and methods for developing new school education systems.
- 2 Lifelong learning
- Our society is currently in the “global age”. We now face many problems such as child-rearing, the transition to a younger generation, providing for our aging population, environmental issues and the creation of a sustainable society. In order to handle these problems, we must redesign our local communities while building new knowledge. In this seminar, our goal is to realize how to deal with the aforementioned problems and to learn to build our society based on new findings.
- 3 Educational Sociology
- People grow with the help of education, and become an essential part of their society. Therefore, education has a significant influence, not only on the development of individuals, but also on a society’s preservation and development. At the same time, the way the society is has a great influence on its education system. The reality is that education is shaped in many ways by societal mechanisms. In this seminar, we will familiarize ourselves with the realities of modern education, and we will seek a solution to problems that arise as a result of the effects of sociology, economics, and social welfare, as well as other social study areas.
- 4 Educational Psychology
- In this seminar we will study issues related to human mental and physical development, from infancy to adolescence to adulthood, in relation to education at home, school and in society. We will unfold problems related to human development and education, both in theory and in practice, with an emphasis on findings from developmental psychology, physiological psychology, and phenomenology. We will also discuss problems related to educational psychology in collaboration with pedagogy, special education, neurology, clinical psychology and other disciplines.
- 5 Clinical Psychology
- This is a seminar for training clinical psychologists as highly trained professionals who can deal with challenged individuals who have difficulties at home, school and in their communities as a result of developmental/educational or adjustment challenges. We welcome not only the future clinicians, but also researchers in the field. We conduct research clinically and theoretically by placing great importance on inquiries we receive from person who is actually in need of help. We will be studying psychological assessments, psychological interviews, and practical and theoretical aspects of interventions through practical training inside and outside of the university.
- 6 Seminar on Health Education
- Through this seminar, we aim to improve health in our rapidly aging society. We endeavor to train professionals who are able to serve society through research on issues such as lifestyle diseases, clinical epidemiology, health science inclusive of the young and old, attempting to improve overall health via exercise, nourishment and rest based on scientific evidence, the study the bodily mechanisms and metabolism, and finding the best way to promote physical homeostasis.
- 7 Physical Education
- The theme of this seminar is to first develop scientific research on physical activity and physical culture studies, which should help us to fully analyze ways to conduct physical education as part of school education and local education. In this seminar, we will look at physical activity as an intellectual-physical system, a phenomenon emerging from the interaction of people and their culture. This seminar is unique in its approach to physical activity and physical activity-mediated education (such as physical education at school or in local sports). The seminar offers the following specializations, combining temporal, societal, and individual approaches.
- 8 Multicultural Education
- In this seminar we will be discussing how to best carry out education in order to improve and enhance understanding and harmony among a diverse population consisting of people of various languages and cultures. In this day and age, where people freely travel between not only regions of a country, but between countries and continents, we face the great influence that globalization has on the development of individuals as well as what is expected of education. We focus on the current form of education in the modern society, and using a broad range of case studies, clarify what improvements there are to make, as well as how to design a desirable form of multicultural education aiming to cultivate the development of broad-minded working professionals.