An Educational Research and Development Fund Supporting the Faculty of Education and Graduate School of Education
Contributing to society by driving pedagogical research that values excellence, diversity, and inclusiveness
This year marks the seventieth anniversary of the establishment of the University of Tokyo's Faculty of Education. With upwards of 3,000 graduates, the Faculty of Education guided the development of knowledge professionals that have played active roles in a wide variety of fields. The Faculty of Education and the Graduate School of Education have taken on a variety of challenges to contribute to society by driving pedagogical research that values excellence, diversity, and inclusiveness. Over the past decade, we have been engaged in research projects through the establishment of four affiliated centers, namely the Center for the Excellence in School Education, the Center for Barrier-Free Education, the Center for Early Childhood Development, Education and Policy Research, and the Marine Education Research Center. Furthermore, beginning this academic year, we launched a World-leading INnovative Graduate Study (WINGS) program for graduate students as well as a special subject for Faculty of Education students wishing to broaden their development beyond their coursework. We are also engaged in the University-wide Future Society Initiative. With the decrease in the University’s operating grants, in order to continue conducting innovative pedagogical research in a society undergoing major changes due to globalization, digitalization, and demographic aging with a declining birthrate, funding is needed to develop research and enhance educational practice.
To this end, we have established Faculty of Education 70th Anniversary Fund as an educational research and development fund in commemoration of this milestone anniversary. In order to maintain and develop high-level education and research, the fund is intended to secure financial resources that will be crucial to providing stable educational support. We earnestly hope that you will consider making a donation to this fund in order to support the activities of the Faculty of Education and Graduate School of Education at the University of Tokyo.
Aims of the Faculty of Education and Graduate School of Education
1. Support for the Faculty of Education 70th Anniversary Project
While respecting basic academic principles in a wide range of fields – from infant education to school-based education, higher education, and lifelong education – the Faculty of Education and Graduate School of Education will continue to uphold their mission as representatives of a leading university that pioneers pedagogical research by continuing to engage in dialogue with sites of practice and pursue their educational and research activities.
2. Support for Student and Graduate Student Education
The Faculty of Education aims to nurture the ability to coordinate in a humane manner people’s relationships not only with each other, but also with their bodies, with nature, with knowledge and information, and with systems and organizations, with a focus on understanding the experience of human change (i.e., growth and development).
The Graduate School of Education aims to foster the ability to conduct outstanding analyses and research in areas such as the relationship between people and education, the structure and function of education in society, and physical and mental development and education, in order to cultivate trained professionals who will contribute to the practice of education with high-level expertise and ability.
3. Support for the World-leading INnovative Graduate Study for Creating Educational Research (WINGS-CER)
In September 2019, as part of the University of Tokyo's overall World-leading INnovative Graduate Study (WINGS) program, the Graduate School of Education launched the World-leading INnovative Graduate Study for Creating Educational Research (WINGS-CER) for graduate students affiliated with the School.
This program aims to foster knowledge professionals who will carry out cutting-edge surveys and basic pedagogical research that will assist them in developing policy proposals based on clear principles and evidence bridging the past and future, and in pioneering interdisciplinary pedagogical theories and practices to be disseminated broadly to society at large, both in Japan and around the world.
4. Support for Projects at the Center for Advanced School Education and Evidence-based Research (CASEER)
The Center for Advanced School Education and Evidence-based Research (CASEER) conducts research and practical activities to further the development of school-based education. CASEER consists of the following two divisions:
The Division of Advanced Education conducts research and practical activities to further the development of school-based education, especially research related to the internationalization of education.
The Division of Evidence-Based Research, in close collaboration with the Secondary School Attached to the Faculty of Education and the Institutional Research Group at UTokyo, aims to establish a foundation for research and education based on empirical evidence by means of verifying the effectiveness of secondary education.
5. Support for Projects at the Center for Barrier-Free Education (CBFE)
The Center for Barrier-Free Education (CBFE) rethinks education from an accessibility perspective and promotes accessibility in the areas of education and research.
6. Support for Projects at the Center for Early Childhood Development, Education and Policy Research (CEDEP)
The Center for Early Childhood Development, Education and Policy Research (Cedep) seeks to establish and develop Developmental Childcare Policy Studies as a new field of academic inquiry that integrates infant development with the practices of parenting, childcare, and early childhood education by which it is supported and encouraged, along with relevant models of policy and professional development.
7. Professional Development Support for Teachers, Curators, etc.
The Faculty of Education offers many teacher-training courses, including teaching practicums, and in partnership with the Attached School provides support to applicants from across the university wishing to obtain credentials as teachers, librarians, curators, and social educators.
8. Support for Psychological Education Consultation Services
We support graduate students aspiring to become clinical psychologists engaged in support practice as specialists in settings such as educational counseling agencies, mental health counseling agencies, and hospitals, as well as graduate students aiming to become practicing clinical psychological researchers.
9. Support for the Training of Certified Public Psychologists
In contemporary society, people are called upon to cope with mental and behavioral problems in a variety of situations. In terms of broadening career paths for students, therefore, there is great significance in developing a curriculum for Certified Public Psychologists who must pass national qualification examinations. With respect to the significance of UTokyo offering a Certified Public Psychologist curriculum, the university’s Designated National University Corporation Proposal features the vision of “a society in which individuals are fully utilized for the harmonious development of humanity as a whole”, and as specialists of the mind, it is expected that Certified Public Psychologists will play a vital role in making this vision a reality.
10. Supporting the Secondary School attached to the Faculty of Education
In collaboration with the Graduate School of Education and the Faculty of Education, many members of faculty take part in research classes and class review sessions throughout the year for the practice-based study of active learning, a means of achieving deeper learning through collaborative learning. The instructors at the attached school draw considerable insight from these discussions and the resulting findings as they constantly endeavor to improve their classes.
Dean of the Faculty of Education and Graduate School of Education