Japan – Teaching Science

See Japan’s response to a shortage of science learners Japan faces one of the same issues with science education that we face here in the UK – a serious shortage of take-up for science in secondary education, with fall-out at university level and in industry. The Japanese government is making the development of creative approaches to science education a priority. Some of the many initiatives have been in partnership with the Miraikan Museum of Science and Emerging Technology which works with schools at all levels to help teachers motivate their students in science. A hundred ‘Super Science High Schools’ have recently been created across Japan, and these schools design their own science-focused curriculum. We talk to science teachers and pupils at Tokyo Tech SSHS and Koenji Junior High School in Tokyo, spend time in the physics and chemistry laboratories, and meet the Head of Tokyo Tech, who is also an eminent professor.

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