The Seisa Model for Teacher License Renewal (TLR) in Japan: An Action Research Project to Develop Kyosei in the Arts Curriculum

Richard Keith Gordon (Seisa University, Japan & California State University, USA)
Copyright: © 2019 |Pages: 18
EISBN13: 9781522598725|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-8042-3.ch001
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Abstract

This study focuses on developing kyosei in the arts curriculum of Teacher License Renewal (TLR) at Seisa University. The TLR program at Seisa University utilizes a unique practice known as kyosei, the symbiotic relationship between individuals and the world around them. By employing action research methodology, the team of researchers planned the practice, conducted TLR at Seisa for in-service teachers (n=300), checked the practice, and applied it to high school students (n=16). Classroom communication and interdisciplinary form of arts helped to collaborate on different units, ages, and ability of learners; thus, it became a great opportunity for kyosei practice. On the other hand, for students, dealing with others and uncertainty presented challenges. Playing with others, participating the artistic activities and learning from each other turned a great training for kyosei.
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