2017 Educational Foundations

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Teacher education courses
Suzuki Yuta 
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Course description and aims

This is a follow up class of “Introduction to the Teaching Profession (A & B)”. On the basis of the history and the philosophy of education, we review what education is and what schools is.
In addition, we examine the role of education in Japan in order to help making global leaders of teaching profession,

Student learning outcomes

To master the basic ideas and knowledge of pedagogy.
To be able to have a unique view of teacher education and the educaional problems in the 21st century.


EFA(Education for All)

Competencies that will be developed

Specialist skills Intercultural skills Communication skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills

Class flow

Lecture by the instructor.
The students are required to glance the materials to be used in the class.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 What is education: History of educational objective and philosophy (1) p13-p26 of the first textbook
Class 2 What is education: History of educational objective and philosophy (2) p26-p33 of the first textbook
Class 3 What is education: History of educational objective and philosophy (3) p34-p36 and p59-68 of the first textbook
Class 4 What is education: History of educational objective and philosophy (4) p37-p40 and p68-73 of the first textbook
Class 5 How to educate students. p74-p82 of the first textbook
Class 6 Civic education of the globalized world.
Class 7 Problems of modern education in Asia.
Class 8 Future of the education in Japan.


Hiroshi Takahashi, Kenichi Kaneda (Eds.) Essentials of Modern Educational Systems (2nd edition), Gakubunsya, 2009 (In Japanese)

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Relevant materials will be uploaded to OCW.

Assessment criteria and methods

20% motivation judged by the class room activities, 80% term paper score.
The details of the term paper topic will be announced later on OCW.

Related courses

  • LAT.A101 : Introduction to the Teaching Profession A
  • LAT.A102 : Introduction to the Teaching Profession B

Prerequisites (i.e., required knowledge, skills, courses, etc.)

Only those students who plan to obtain the teacher's license and wish to become teachers can attend the course.
Students are required to attend the guidance meeting of the teacher education program held on first week of the every first quarter.

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