New Perspectives in Science Education

Edition 13

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A Study on Training Teachers Who Continue to Learn Proactively

Yorikazu Nouchi, National Institute for Educational Policy Research (Japan)


In Japan, improving the qualifications of teachers has become an issue. According to the "Report on Enhancing the Qualified Ability of Teachers Who Will Be Responsible for School Education in the Future" (December 21, 2015) [1], measures will be taken to enhance in-school training where teachers learn from each other on a daily basis through on-the-job training while supporting each other and their colleagues, as well as to support training where teachers take ownership of their own tasks and conduct training autonomously and independently. In this paper, I would like to discuss the following. The purpose of this paper is to examine the nature of training for teachers who continue to learn independently, which will be required in the future, by focusing on the policies of Core Science Teacher (CST), a project supported by the Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST). The results of the survey in 2015 (Asahara et al.)[2] showed that the CST program was voluntarily continued in 12 regions, even though JST support had been terminated in 14 regions. According to the results of the questionnaire survey, 98% of the in-service CSTs answered that they were using what they learned in the program in their subsequent activities. The survey was conducted to find out what kind of situations they were using the program in, and to consider the elements necessary for the future training of teachers. Specifically, based on an interview with a supervisor at the Kochi Prefectural Board of Education, which is continuing to implement the CST project in 2021, we examined the elements necessary for the training of teachers who continue to learn. As one of the factors, it was inferred that the CSTs in Kochi Prefecture played a major role in fostering teachers who continue to learn independently by planning and managing their own training. It became clear that only by having a place to apply what they have learned can they reaffirm their own learning, and that this will lead to independent learning.

Keywords   Teacher Training, JST Policy, Core Science Teachers


  • Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) (2015) "Enhancing the qualifications of teachers who will be responsible for school education in the futureAsahara,
  • M., Nishizawa, T., Tsukimasu, H., Hosoe, E. (2016) An Empirical Study on Core Teacher Training and Support for Elementary and Junior High School Science Education, The 32nd Research Grant Report of Casio Science Foundation. 

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