Through our considerate research on the daily life of children, we bring a new understanding to "learning and growth" that will make a contribution to society.
In Japan, the education policy will shift to an emphasis on building skills that enable dealing with complicated issues through the application of psychological and social resources, and 2020 has been set as the target year for implementation.
How can we foster in children a foundation for learning and the skills to create a future on their own? This is the globally relevant question for education today.
For this reason, we have decided to focus our research on "how the environments should be, where each child can develop and experience growth in independent learning." We are committed to closely observing and interacting with children from the viewpoint of parents, guardians and teachers, incorporating the perspectives of researchers in Japan and abroad, and examining the processes of "learning and growth."
We hope that you will continue to offer your support and guidance.
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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.
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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.
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More importance is now being attached to goal setting, instruction, and evaluation in education than ever before. Most conventional educational assessments are used to evaluate acquisition of knowledge, or application of knowledge in particular contexts within each subject. Today, however, it has also become important to cultivate and measure "skills necessary for language activities such as reading comprehension, critical thinking, and writing" and "non-cognitive skills," which are necessary to exert competencies. This is because the current and future society both require skills which enable the application of knowledge and experience to a wide variety of situations. It is necessary for pupils to acquire the ability to interpret and reflect on new information and then express their ideas about it.
We will contribute to bringing a better learning experience to children by advanced research and development on educational assessments and curricula, together with the vital use of psychometrics and information technologies that are needed in the field of education.
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.