The Graduate School of Human Development and Culture was newly established in the 2009 academic year, based on the foundations of the
previous Education Research program, to proactively respond to the variety of needs surrounding human resource development and education of
a regional society that supports the 21st Century.
At the base of this endeavor is a bachelor's program in the Faculty of Human Development and Culture that aims to develop educators and facilitators of human development to play a varied and active role, and tackles the training of regional human resources starting with school education. Our research program deepens the academic research carried out in the undergraduate faculty regarding education and human development as well as the underlying current of cultural research. We build on this research foundation by fostering experts in education, development and regional support, who are equipped with highly specialized knowledge and the ability to respond to contemporary educational challenges. Following these aims, we explore lifelong human development and its surrounding issues. We also investigate culture as a creation of human mental activity and culture as the surrounding environment for human development. Through this work we respond to various challenges presented on the ground in educational settings and enhance interdisciplinary education and research at the graduate school.
We also actively engage in fieldwork where appropriate, to comprehensively respond to individual challenges and foster practical strengths in each graduate. Further, the Clinical Psychology in Educational Settings program is offered as a daytime and evening program to train clinical psychologists.
This Graduate School is composed of three majors that consist of three courses and eight domains.
While taking various education subjects, practical research into school and lesson reform will take place on-campus.
Through this research and study into theories and practices, we wish to cultivate four main aptitudes (learning critical thinking through management experience, sophisticated class designing and conducting, theoretical research abilities, and appropriate awareness of a teachership). Through the cultivation of these aptitudes, we aim to train expert teachers who can build a future for Fukushima.
Drawing on highly specialized research in each domain, we are engaged in a multitude of regional issues, with a firm understanding of the cross-disciplinary and layered structure of challenges that lie within, and pursue interdisciplinary practical and solution-oriented research that takes into account the real relationships between humans and culture or humans and society.
We are engaged in researching school psychology and clinical policy that links schools, families, the community and various specialized institutions to effectively lead, aid and support children, young adults and their families in dealing with bullying, truancy and misconduct, or those who have special needs due to developmental disabilities and other causes.