Comparing Approaches to Teaching & Learning
in Japan & Ireland: Mathematics & Languages
For almost a century Japan has been a world leader in the teaching of mathematics and the development of teacher education models for mathematics. In recent years, Japan has been at the forefront of innovative approaches to the teaching of Japanese as a foreign language and English to speakers of an Asian language. This innovative seminar highlights commonalities in the teaching of two different subject areas through collaborative pedagogy, problem-based learning, communities of practice, and the development of innovative teacher education models (pre- / in-service).
This cross-disciplinary seminar is open to all. It will be of particular interest to students, teachers, teacher educators, curriculum specialists and policy-makers across all subject areas exploring new approaches to teaching and learning.
Part 1: The Plenary Session will be given by Prof. Akihiko Takahashi, College of Education, DePaul University, Chicago on “Teaching through Problem Solving: a Japanese approach to promote mathematical thinking”. A former math teacher, Prof Takahashi is a world-renowned researcher and practitioner in mathematics teaching and teacher education. He is very well-known and esteemed in Ireland and his demonstrations of mathematics pedagogy have been highlights of recent ‘Maths Counts’ annual teacher conferences.
Part 2: Presentations on major changes and innovations in second language education in Japan which have emerged in recent years in Asia will be outlined. Asian languages present many challenges for speakers of other languages and Japan has been to the fore in research in and adapting innovative ways of enabling learners’ progress beyond initial stages. Japan, led by the Japan Foundation, was the first Asian country to engage with the CEFR to investigate the feasibility and implications of applying a western-originated approach to the teaching of Japanese.
Part 3: General discussion
Seminar Convenor: Hugo O Donnell, UCD Applied Language Centre
- Prof Akihiko Takahashi, College of Education, DePaul University, Chicago
- Dr Aoibhinn Ní Shúilleabháin, UCD School Of Mathematics & Statistics
- Ms Karen Ruddock, National Co-ordinator at Post-Primary Languages Initiative (PPLI) and formerly lecturer in Japanese Language in TCD
- Ms Nobuko Ijichi, UCD Japanese Language Teaching Coordinator who will look at the Development of a Community of Practice to support teaching of an Asian language
- Ms Hiroko Ozaki, Japan Foundation, Japanese language expert seconded to PPLI