Hiroshima University Syllabus

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Japanese
Academic Year 2020Year School/Graduate School Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences (Master's Course) Division of Educational Sciences International Education Development Program
Lecture Code WNEA0002 Subject Classification Specialized Education
Subject Name 特別研究
Subject Name
(Katakana)
トクベツケンキュウ
Subject Name in
English
Special Study
Instructor SHIMIZU KINYA
Instructor
(Katakana)
シミズ キンヤ
Campus Higashi-Hiroshima Semester/Term 1st-Year,  First Semester,  Year
Days, Periods, and Classrooms (Year) Inte:Faculty Office
Lesson Style Seminar Lesson Style
【More Details】
Discussion and student's presentation 
Credits 4 Class Hours/Week   Language on Instruction B : Japanese/English
Course Level 7 : Graduate Special Studies
Course Area(Area) 24 : Social Sciences
Course Area(Discipline) 07 : Education
Eligible Students Master's Students of the International Education Development Program
Keywords Science Education, Developing countries 
Special Subject for Teacher Education   Special Subject  
Class Status
within Educational
Program
 
Criterion referenced
Evaluation
 
Class Objectives
/Class Outline
This seminar is intended to help students to acquire knowledge and analytical skills necessary to conduct research on science education in developing countries, and to write a master's thesis.
During the first year, students will read key literature according to their research interests, and develop their own research objective and questions. They continue relevant literature reviews, develop a theoretical framework, and make a fieldwork plan. At the end of the first year, students are supposed to submit the literature review results, and make an annual progress presentation to the sub-advisors.
In the second year, all the collected data through a fieldwork are analyzed to answer the research questions. Students make a periodic progress report on their research in the seminar, and improve it through discussion and comments. They are also encouraged to make presentations at academic conferences. The first thesis draft should be submitted to the main advisor at least one month before the deadline of the submission. 
Class Schedule <The first semester of the first year>
Session 1: Introduction, Overall schedule of the seminar, Reading materials for research methods.  
Sessions 2-14: Each session will start with a study on research methods for 30 minutes, followed by one presenter presenting his/her work in progress. The presenter will receive comments and feedback for improvement from the academic advisor as well as through Q+A and discussion with the other students in the seminar.  
Session 15: Students should submit the results of their literature review.
<The second semester of the first year>
Sessions 16-29: Same as Sessions 2-14.
Session 30: Students should submit the results of their revised literature review, and a finalized fieldwork plan. They are also expected to make a presentation of their research progress to the sub-advisors.
<The first semester of the second year>
Session 1: Introduction, Overall schedule of the seminar, Reading materials for research methods.
Sessions 2-14: Each session will start with a study on research methods for 30 minutes, followed by one presenter presenting his/her work in progress. The presenter will receive comments and feedback for improvement from the academic advisor as well as through Q+A and discussion with the other students in the seminar.  
Session 15: Students should submit a summary of their mid-term presentation with preliminary findings to the academic advisor.
<The second semester of the second year>
Sessions 16-22: Same as Sessions 2-14.
Session 23: Students should submit a first draft of their Master’s thesis at the end of November to the academic advisor.
Session 24-29: Same as Sessions 2-14.
Session 30: Students should submit the revised Master’s thesis to the academic advisor.  
Text/Reference
Books,etc.
Reading materials will be decided according to the students’ research interests. For research methods, students will be asked to purchase relevant textbooks. 
PC or AV used in
Class,etc.
Handouts, and a computer and a projector for presentation 
Suggestions on
Preparation and
Review
Presenters are expected to be fully ready for the presentation. The other participants should actively participate in discussion. After the class, presenters should reflect well upon the questions and comments given in the class for further improvement of their research. 
Requirements  
Grading Method Participation in discussion (20%), Presentation (20%), and Assignments (60%) 
Practical Experience  
Summary of Practical Experience and Class Contents based on it  
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