About Benesse Educational Research & Development Institute

Kazunari Taniyama General Manager
Benesse Educational
Research and
Development Institute


Figuring out "Learning and Growth" with Children

Amid the declining birthrate, aging population, globalization and robots and artificial intelligence that will come to outperform humans, we are challenged to create a foundation that will encourage children to learn and proactively build their future.
Our research focuses on creating "an environment in which children can consider themselves independent learners." We also incorporate the views of researchers in Japan and abroad in an effort to gain a broader understanding of "learning and growth."

We look forward to your continuing instruction and support.

Haruo Kimura Haruo Kimura Deputy Manager
Benesse Educational
Research and
Development Institute

Benesse Educational Research and Development Institute (BERD) has been conducting research in education since it was established as the Fukutake Education Research Institute in 1985.
Although education research was not generally evidence-based at the time, since then, our research has covered over 400 subjects with the cooperation of children, parents, and teachers and the guidance of leading researchers in Japan. The results, published on our home page, are now available for application in education and childrearing.
Today, however, we are inundated with data on education. How should we apply evidence to improve education, going beyond grasping the actual conditions? Realizing it was time to take the next step, we began a joint research project with the University of Tokyo on "The Everyday Life and Learning of Children." Based on this research and publications,
we aim to create a platform for researchers and educators to discuss and deepen their studies. We will continue to innovate and make further social contributions.

Kazuyoshi Koizumi Kazuyoshi Koizumi Deputy Manager
Benesse Educational
Research and
Development Institute

What sort of skills will children need to thrive in an uncertain future?
There is no right answer to this question.
As society evolves, the necessary skills change.
Acquiring existing knowledge alone is not sufficient to overcome the challenges of a complex, diverse society. How then should education respond?
Again, there is no right answer, either.
At BERD, we believe in the importance of "life-long learning and self-renewal" for growth that looks to the future, not just tomorrow, but even beyond. Through our research from various perspectives, we would like to examine what is necessary to instill life-long learning practices from early childhood through college and adulthood, or how adults can provide support. Building on the results of our research, we would like to work with you to address these questions and solve issues that will improve education now and in the future.

Activities of Benesse Educational Research & Development Institute (BERD)

The Benesse Educational Research & Development Institute works on research and development activities, targeted at a wide range of people, including learners ranging from young children to university students and workers, as well as their parents, teachers and schools. We also provide well-formed information based on studies examining possible changes in the educational environment within mid- to long-term perspectives inside and outside Japan, through our unique research activities.
At the same time, more advanced R&D activities have been directed toward the study of how to improve the quality of education and teaching methods as well as assessments and measurements. We will constantly pursue the goal of developing a new educational framework for the future, aiming to become one of the most trusted educational R&D Institutes in the world.

Name Benesse Educational Research & Development Institute
Address 1-34 Ochiai, Tama-shi, Tokyo 206-0033 Japan  map
Representative Institute Director Kazunari Taniyama
Established Jun 28 , 2013
Research Themes Educational Survey
Research into English Language education
Research on educational assessments
Research into higher education
Research into learning through media

Benesse Education Research and Development Institute

  • Child Sciences and Parenting Research Office Elementary and Secondary Education Research Office Higher Education Research Office
  • Assessment Research and Development Office Global Education Research Office Curriculum Research and Development Office Information Planning Office
  • Child Research Net CRET ARCLE