Message from the Dean


Shigeo Kodama

Shigeo Kodama, Ph.D.
Dean

Faculty of Education of The University of Tokyo was founded in 1949 after the World War II. In 2019, we held a ceremony to commemorate the 70th anniversary of our founding. Among faculties of the University of Tokyo which has a history of nearly 140 years, our faculty is a relatively new faculty and was created as a symbolic existence of a new university that is responsible for the construction of postwar democracy. It has contributed to the democratization of education in Japan, and has left a brilliant footprint as the base of postwar democracy.

However, 70 years after the war, Japan and the world are about to change greatly. In 2020, the infection of COVID 19 spread all over the world, and it changed the daily life surrounding us. In education, face-to-face communication has been shrinking and online and remote communication has been expanding. While this change has brought about considerable inconvenience and difficulty in the connection between people, it also opens up the possibility of building relationships that transcend time and space, which was not possible before.

Based on both these difficulties and possibilities, our faculty and graduate school of education would like to work with the University of Tokyo on the task of creating education in a new era of post-corona. We will make every effort to improve the online educational environment and improve the air-conditioning system in the rooms to prevent infection, and strive to build an environment where students, faculty and staff can spend their university life with peace of mind.

Under such a situation, our Faculty and Graduate School of Education is about to enter the stage of fulfilling its mission to present a new democracy suitable for new daily life and the form of education there, while relying on the achievements so far as a base for postwar democracy education.

For example, the practice of inquiry learning represented by the graduation research which the secondary school attached to the faculty of education has worked on, had been seen as situated in somewhat peripheral position in the postwar system. But now towards the abolition of the National Center Test for University Admissions this school is now trying to take an initiative for the education reform era. Best of all this school committed to nurturing “inquiry citizen” through deep active learning designated as the model school for research and development by Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology from FY 2016 to FY 2019. Our Faculty and Graduate School of Education also fully support the school’s efforts and established the “Center for the Advanced School Education and Evidence-Based Research” which is the reorganized center from the former Center for Excellence in School Education. Based in this center we are starting a project to verify the effect of civic education at this school on long-term perspectives.

In addition, in 2017, we concluded a cooperation agreement with Jiyu no Mori Gakuen Junior and Senior High School centering on student teacher training, and a cooperation agreement with Osaka Municipal Ozora Elementary School centering on inclusive education, and signed a partnership agreement with Machino Hoikuen Community School focusing on community-based childcare. Furthermore, as part of the collaborative project with Shibuya City, in fiscal 2020, we opened the Shibuya Nursery School “Child-rearing Laboratory”, which is a collaborative project base, and have begun research on childcare and education. Through these efforts, we the Faculty and Graduate Schools of Education at the University of Tokyo would like to further strengthen our position as a platform that bridges the creation of knowledge at the University of Tokyo and civil society in Japan and all over the world.

Through undergraduate and graduate school, education researchers, representatives of Japan and the world gather together and approach phenomena and practice of education from diverse methods and diverse approaches. Everyone who entered undergraduate / graduate school can feel the cutting edge of research while feeling keenly the change of the times as described above.

Through undergraduate and graduate school, education researchers, representatives of Japan and the world gather together and approach phenomena and practice of education from diverse methods and diverse approaches. Everyone who entered undergraduate / graduate school can feel the cutting edge of research while feeling keenly the change of the times as described above.