HIRADATE Yoshiaki Associate Professor

ThemeHistory of Technology Education in elementary and secondary education

My DreamTo elucidate Educational Value of Tecnology Education

Belongs

Research Department/Department of Human Sciences/Division of Humanities, Social Sciences and Linguistic Sciences/Section of Humanities, Social Sciences and Linguistic
Field Pedagogy, History of Education, Techical and Vocational Education
Keyword Technology Education as General Education, Theory of Teaching Materials, Educational Value

Introduction

The technical education that's provided as a part of universal education is a guide to the world of technology and labor, and it's regarded internationally as an indispensable component of school education. The sound development of children requires more than just cramming for exams. It also requires guidance that enables children to recognize who they are and to create connections with society. However, the technical education that's provided as a part of universal education in Japan (arts and crafts in elementary schools and technical arts in junior high schools) lags other nations in terms of class hours and the like. Why hasn't technical education taken root in Japan as universal education? To clarify this problem from a historical point of view, we research the history of the technical education that's provided as a part of universal education in the school system since the Meiji era. In addition, in order to make practical use of knowledge gained from research on that history at present-day schools, I study the development of teaching materials in order to understand the significance and realization of children's learning, developmental problems of children, and issues to face towards improving educational conditions.

Micrograph of hand pump; a teaching material of manual training

List of current research topics

  • History of Teaching Materials of Technology Education as General Education before World War 2
  • Study on Technology Education as General Education by International Comparison
Related industries Education, School education
Affiliated academic society Japanese Educational Research Association, The Japan Society for Historial Studies of Education, The Japanese Society for the Study on Teacher Education, Japan Society for the Study of Vocational and Technical Education, The Japan Society of Technology Education
Academic degree Doctor of Philosophy in Education
License Junior High School Specialized Teacher's License (Technical), High School Specialized Teacher's License (Technical)
Self introduction

I came to Obihiro from Tokyo in April 2008. I'm in charge of lectures on pedagogy and teacher training. I like all sports. Life in Tokachi, a place that abounds in natural splendor and compassion, gives me many suggestions on how to study pedagogy, which is the study of character-building and how to live as a person.

Room addressGeneral Research Building 1
Room numberE3206-3
Mail address yhiradate atmark obihiro.ac.jp