Research and Educational Institutes

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Field Studies Institute for Environmental Education

Conducting research focused on the curriculum and methodology of environmental education and promoting it in schools, the institute is organized into the Division of Environmental Education and the Division of Field Studies. An adjunct educational farm is used in providing field studies guidance to students and pupils in affiliated schools.

Center for the Research and Support of Educational Practice

The center consists of the following five sections: the Department of Educational and Clinical Research, the Department of Teaching Practice and Guidance, the Department of Support for Information Technology, the Department of Support for Special Needs Education, and the Department of Support for Life-Span Development. Besides conducting comprehensive and development-oriented research concerning educational practices and themes, it provides teacher training and support in various fields of education.

International Student Exchange Center

The center consists of the Japanese Language Education Division and the Japanese Studies Education Division. It holds Japanese language programs and courses on understanding Japanese culture and provides advice on academic and daily life for international students. Research on education for international students is also conducted within the center.

Center for Research in International Education

The surveys and research carried out by this center covers education of foreign students, Japanese children living abroad and of those returning to Japan after extensive stays overseas as well as on education for international understanding. The researchers in these areas make available related data and research results, as the center plays a core role in helping education in Japan meet the needs of globalization.

Curriculum Center for Teachers

The center is organized into a Curriculum Structure Research and Development Division, a Teacher Training Research and Development Division, and an In-Service Teacher Training Research and Development Division. These divisions provide information supporting mainly curriculum-related matters, covering a variety of issues that arise in school education today.

Health Service Center

Staffed by doctors, nurses, counselors, and medical support personnel, the center provides a wide range of health and sanitation management services for maintaining student well-being, including psychiatry medical treatment, internal medicine medical treatment, consultation on general health matters, first aid treatment, health checkups, and health education.

Information Processing Center

The center administers the campus information network and also connects to the nationwide Science Information Network (SINET), providing an environment supporting education and research in today's information-intensive world. The on-campus information infrastructure administered by the center enables the use of information and communication technologies in student life and learning.

Advanced Support Center for Science Teachers (ASCeST)

The Advanced Support Center for Science Teachers comprises the Planning and Outreach Division, the Basic Workshop Division, and the Advanced Workshop Division. The Center provides in-service teacher training and conducts research to envision the future of Japan's science education and the ideal science teacher.

Center for Teacher Education Development through partnerships

The Center to Support Partnership in the Advancement of Teacher Education will serve as the activity hub for the HATO Project, which aims to strengthen and enhance teacher training functions by exploiting the respective strengths of Hokkaido University of Education (H), Aichi University of Education (A), Tokyo Gakugei University (T) and Osaka Kyoiku University (O). The Center will promote partnership and cooperation amongst teacher training universities and undergraduate faculties nationwide, proactively addressing the various challenges faced by teacher training in Japan. The Center's divisions primarily involved in the project will be the Institutional Research Division, the Training and Exchange Support Division, and the Advanced Educational Practice Program Division .


The university library houses more than 900,000 works in 6,200m2 of floor space. Among the major collections are books from the days of the normal schools and German and other pedagogical science works. The library is available for use by in-service educators and the general public in addition to university students and personnel.

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