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【GSGS: Public Policy School】Special Lecture: Ethnography of Japanese Early Childhood Education (on December 14)

Dec. 06, 2019

This event will feature a talk, with video-clips, by Akiko Hayashi and Joseph Tobin, followed by a discussion by panelists Yoichi Sakakihara and Taro Machiyama. The event will focus on defining key characteristics of Japanese Early Childhood Education, including the meaning of teaching, how Japanese teachers teach with their bodies and Japanese preschools support children’s social-emotional development. These questions will be explored from the perspectives of child development, anthropology, educational sociology, and pedagogy.

Please join this discussion about Japanese early childhood education. We would like to invite scholars, teachers, policymakers, students, parents (Japanese and foreign) and the public who are interested in Japanese culture and education to also join us. The event will be conducted in both Japanese and English.

Event outline

Date and time Saturday, 14 December 2019, at 2:30-4:30 p.m.
Venue Meiji University, Global Hall, Global Front Building, 1st floor.
Eligible paticipant Anyone can paticipate.
Capacity 70(Reservation required)
Fee Free
  • Opening Remarks & Chairperson:
    • Akira Nakamura (Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Meiji University・National Academy of Public Administration Fellow (United States))
  • Presenters:
    • Akiko Hayashi (Assistant professor of Governance Studies, in the Professional Graduate School at Meiji University.)
    • Joseph Tobin (Professor at the University of Georgia and the author of books including Preschool in Three Cultures: Japan, China, and the US.)
  • Panelists:
    • Yoichi Sakakihara (Paediatrician ・Professor Emeritus of Ochanomizu University)
    • Taro Machiyama (Director of the Madoka Yochien・Kodomoen)
Note  Translation service is available.

Access map

  • 3 minutes on foot from JR Chuo/Sobu Line and Subway Marunouchi Line, Ochanomizu Station
  • 5 minutes on foot from Subway Chiyoda Line, Shin-Ochanomizu Station
  • 5 minutes on foot from Subway Mita, Shinjuku, and Hanzomon Lines, Jimbocho Station