Graduate School of Education and Human Development Student Affairs
Nagoya, Japan 464-8601
There has never been an era before now which has seen so many problems centered around personal development and growth. This School offers training in the theoretical and practical aspects of problems pertaining to "character building".
The research area of this School covers the whole spectrum of human society, focusing on a wide variety of educational issues, affecting elementary school through university, and addressing everything from problems of children upbringing and discipline in the home, to youth counseling, human relations in the workplace, various educational and cultural problems with internationalization, and issues of lifelong character building. The large range of themes is approached from various angles, from an individual perspective to a global one, and the program integrates research outcomes from various areas.
The School of Education, with a freshman enrolment quota of 65 students, is a relatively small school. For these students, we have about 40 full-time instructors with additional instructors from outside the School, and have designed 5 programs, each with an original curriculum.
In order to cultivate leaders who are creative and have vision in a modern society that is increasingly becoming more globalized and information-oriented, we provide within our courses face-to-face educational instruction for a select group of students. The vigorous exchange of ideas and opinions that occurs between instructors and students is one of the distinguishing characteristics of this School.
-Lifelong Educational and Development Program allowing people to live meaningful lives-
The education of people begins in the family, continues on in school and society and spans a whole lifetime. In this program, the plethora of cultural and societal factors which determine character building and the developmental processes of an individual are considered using various perspectives such as history, systems, community, work and technology. More specifically, we utilize approaches from such fields as the history of education and society, educational administration, social education, technology and vocational preparatory education, carrer education , vocational training, and lifelong education planning.
-Making inquiries into the meaning of education-
What is the role of school, and to what expectations should it be responsive in an era of rapid information growth? This program guides students into conducting participant observation and field studies on the process and structure of school education within an information-oriented society. Focus is also placed upon the growth of individuals, looking at their actual school life and school culture, and also, the meaning that education has for them. Areas such as information science in education, curriculum planning, educational management, methods of education, and teacher education are given particular attention.
-The Drama of Intercultural Contact and Self-Awareness-
The internationalization and globalization of modern society is expanding at a rapid rate. This program provides opportunities for deepening intercultural contact, for communication with people from different cultures, and for mutual understanding of diverse cultures. At the same time, the program emphasizes a re-discovery of ones own culture, and self-reflection. Specifically, issues related to people and education on a global level are studied concurrently with areas such as human becoming, educational anthropology, the sociology of education, comparative education, and higher education studies.
-Investigating the human mind and behavioral dynamics from various angles-
Who are we? What constitutes a person? How is the self construed? These are questions pursued by this program, which examines the function of human cognition and personality characteristics within the socio-cultural context using scientific and quantitative methods. In particular, inquiries are made from a number of academic perspectives such as psychometrics, learning behavior, personality, social psychology, and applied psychology.
-New knowledge and support for the merger of personal growth and lifestyle space-
What are the possibilities for human development and its prosesses? This program looks at personal growth and development from birth to old age, and studies the expansion of such life space as family, school, community, and workplace. In particular, this research area utilizes perspectives from life-span developmental psychology, clinical psychology, family psychology, school psychology, medical psychology and child psychiatry.
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