Field of Human Development Science

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Field of Human Development Science

This department is designed to train human development specialists with high-level and specialized capabilities in planning and supporting lifetime development in regions. Aimed at everyone, including those with special needs, this division is engaged in theoretical research and education with the focus on multiple approaches from various fields regarding human development, such as pedagogy, childhood care, psychology, and medicine, as well as practical research and education aimed at planning, conducting, and evaluating lifetime development support in concrete terms.

Features of the Curriculum

Features of the CurriculumFeatures of the CurriculumWith an eye to combining theories and practices in development science, and for the purpose of cultivating high-level practical skills, yearlong subjects (L. Clinical Developmental Psychology and Research on Regional Education) are offered in the first year of the course, centering on surveys, practical training, and discussions with the staff of educational institutions and welfare facilities in regions.

With the focus on tutorials in the subjects Master’s Thesis ResearchⅠ・Ⅱ as well as the subjects above, students are required to examine their own problem consciousness and research methods concurrent with human development electives. In that process, the following four courses are offered so that students can hone their areas of specialty and conduct more and more high-level and specialized studies with regard to human development and relevant support. Depending on their interest or needs, students are allowed to apply and study the subjects offered in courses outside their own divisions.

Course of Pedagogy

Centering on subjects such as Educational Planning 1-7, students are expected learn about theories and practices of lifetime education including school education and childcare to a deep level, and cultivate the capability of designing education in regions.

Course of Psychology

Centering on subjects such as Basic Theory of Development 1-4, students are expected to engage in deep lifelong learning about the mechanisms and research methods of mental development, and to cultivate the capability of dealing with the issues regarding psychological support in regions.

Course of Special Needs Education

Centering on subjects such as Theory of Development and Welfare 1-3, students will learn in detail about the development of individuals with special needs, including disabled people and children, and cultivate the capability to deal with the issues regarding education or regional welfare for protection of the right to development.

Course of Child-Care and Child Education

Centering on subjects such as Special Lecture of Early Childhood 1-3, students are expected to learn about theories and practices of childcare and child education targeting infants, and to cultivate the capability to deal with the issues regarding regional childcare and child education, including support for families.

Research Contents in the Department of Human Development Science

OKUNO, Ryuichi
Studies on the establishment of the development processes of the child-care system in Japan, and realization of children’s right to child care from the standpoint of child-care finance. Construction of the right to child care using the court case concerning privatization of public child care as the study material, and surrounding issues.
KOEDA, Tatsuya
Neuropsychological studies of children with developmental disabilities. In particular, pathological clarification and development and research into instruction methods for developmental reading disorder. Additional cohort studies regarding development of social skills and learning capability of ordinary children.
TAKATORI, Kenichiro
Research into the emergence of consciousness from the perspective of integrated human studies, with a focus on the psychology findings of Vygotsky and Piaget, and in consideration of the research trends of the neo-Vygotsky school in North America and Leontief school in northern Europe.
YAMANE, Toshiki
Research into curricula, and educational goals and evaluation, in particular, including external elements such as the system of promotion and graduation or class composition in historical methods, with a view to ensuring academic achievement for all children.
(Associate Professor)
The issue of how various forms of discrimination have been generated in modern Japan, in the relations between society and the nation. In particular, positioning of various issues of discrimination in the course of history, starting from “discovery” of “barbarity” and “departure from semi-barbarity” of “self” at home and abroad during the formation process of a modern nation state, to establishment of sanitary policies, which equal “management of national citizens’ bodies,” and reorganized colonialism under the banner of “the Constitution of Japan equals the Fundamental Law of Education.”
(Associate Professor)
Clarification and improvement of various educational issues in the times of globalization, in terms of the key words “ido (migration: migration of people beyond regional or national borders)” and “iko (transition: transition of educational ladders or life stages),” with the emphasis on “tension between theories and practices,” and in consideration of how to create “knowledge to connect disparate entities.”
Studies on various environment surrounding young children, in particular, material and spatial environment such as toys, picture books and the corners of the indoor or outside play for young children.
Studies on the process of juvenile self-actualization and formation of friendships from a developmental perspective. Research focus on the issue of helping children with weak development forge their individualities.
KAWAI, Tsutomu
(Associate Professor)
Research into character formation with the focus on children, schools, and families in society with decreasing birthrate and children, from the perspective of the history of ideas. Recently, I have been working on the issues such as pronatalism in France, birth control, new education, and imperialism from a standpoint of correlation between demographics and education.
(Associate Professor))
Friendly relations between infants in places of group activities, such as nursery centers or kindergartens. In particular, researches into how children interact with each other and build friendships in groups, with the focus on behavior observations from the perspective of developmental psychology.
KOBAYASHI, Katsutoshi
(Associate Professor)
Center for Education and Society
Clinical-psychological analyses on various issues involving today’s children and schools, such as school absenteeism, bullying, voluntary shut-in, misbehavior and suicide, with the utilization of psychological methods including counseling, psychological tests, and ethnography.
OOTANI, Tadashi
(Associate Professor)
Center for Education and Society
Utilization of various civil activities (especially ecological movements) as learning processes, and self-actualization of children in regional society in terms of the concept of play.