Trends of Technology Education in Compulsory Education in Japan
Institute of Education, Academic Assembly, Shinshu University
6 Nishinagano, Nagano 380-8544, Japan
If we look at an overview of technology education in the world, we realize that technology education in professional education, as well as in ordinary education, plays an important role in supporting the idea of a technology-intensive Japan. This study focused on the trend of technology education in compulsory education in Japan. Compared to technology education in advanced countries, fewer class hours are spent on technology education in compulsory education in Japan. However, various attempts have been made with robots and programming, mostly under the subject “technology and home economics,” at junior high schools. In particular, the future development of programming education implementation can be expected. At the same time, schools face multiple problems, including class hours and a lack of full-time teachers. These problems must be solved to enhance technology education.
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