Masuo Koyasu

Global COE Programs
Revitalizing Education for Dynamic Hearts and Minds

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Program Leader:
Prof. Masuo KOYASU

 Our Center conducts research on revitalizing education for dynamic hearts and minds through the academic disciplines of psychology and educational studies. Our diverse concentrations include philosophy and history in education, cognitive studies, neuropsychology, comparative psychology, developmental psychology, clinical psychology, lifelong learning, media studies, and cultural studies. Our researchers in psychology and educational studies come from the Graduate School of Education (Departments of Education and Clinical Studies of Education), the Institute for the Promotion of Excellence in Higher Education (Section I), the Graduate School of Letters (Department of Psychology), the Graduate School of Human and Environmental Studies (Department of Human Coexistence), and Kokoro Research Center.

 Our Center takes three approaches to seeking knowledge: empirical studies that analyze problems, clinical studies that deepen understanding of problems, and practical studies that carry out solutions to problems. The four research units are: (A) Basic Processes Unit, which conducts research on both vital and non-vital states of mind; (B) Systems Unit, which conducts research into the design of systems necessary for revitalizing education for dynamic hearts and minds, as well as methods of explaining and applying these to society; (C) Support Unit, which researches the kinds of psychological support and educational commitments that are effective in revitalizing education for dynamic hearts and minds and puts these into practice; and (D) Development and Evaluation Unit, which evaluates the theories and practices proposed by each unit, and is implementing a project called "Cross-Cultural Research on the Sense of Happiness."

 The Center aims to develop prominent, incisive, broadminded researchers in psychology and educational studies capable of publishing in acclaimed international academic journals and presenting papers at international conferences and meetings. To accomplish this, we are developing an educational system that will enable the Center to offer graduate education programs in psychology and educational studies. The Center will also reinforce its position as an international nexus for research and education through official academic exchange agreements with highly regarded research institutions abroad, including Michigan University, Lancaster University, the China National Institute for Educational Research, Beijing Normal University, the Free University of Berlin, and the Institute of Education at London University.
The aim is to create in Kyoto University a meeting place for scholars in psychology and educational studies from all over the world.

 We hope that this integration will (a) achieve significant developments in the humanities discipline within Kyoto University and in academia as a whole; (b) promote scholarly information and understanding, which in turn will promote social reform and innovation; and (c) facilitate wider engagement in effective and fruitful educational practice.

Figure 1. Main Academic Disciplines Covered by the Center


Figure 2. A Schematic Representation