Development and practice of the curriculum forthe Earth Systems Education at Seisho Super Science High School
Nobumitsu Aihara (Seisho High School)Masakazu Goto (NIER)Outline of research(1)Current analysis and hypotheses of the research
The scientific literacy of students is raised based on development of the curriculum whichutilizes the rich natural environments of the western Kanagawa areas such as Tanzawa,Hakone, Izu Peninsula, etc. efficiently, and scientific disaster prevention education. We havethe following five hypotheses to verify in the research. "The concept of the earth systems iseffective as the foundation of knowledge integration", "Understanding an area raises student's’awareness of disaster prevention", "Scientific literacy heightens the effect of experiment and practice", "The communication skills in English promotes internationalism", and"Presentations of the study contents raises students’ true academic ability".
(2) Details of research, the method, and verification
In the school original subjects, “Earth environments” (2 units, compulsory for 10
gradestudents) and “SSH hour” (1 unit, compulsory for the 10
grade students), they study how tofind their own theme, develop it and summarize it. The students study the natural disaster prevention and “Seisho academia” (Science academia, mathematics academia and technologyacademia) in collaboration with universities. The school original subjects, “SSH Science andmath practice” and “SSH environmental science practice”, raise the consciousness of 11
grades students. All teachers of disciplined subjects in science design their lesson positively through experiment and observation. In order to raise their internationality andlanguage ability, 11
grade students take the lesson of scientific English by anuniversity professor or a fellow and make a homepage on the natural disaster prevention inEnglish. The teachers verify those hypotheses by pre and post questionnaires, investigations,reports and presentations by students. We will publish the “SSH book” at the end of the year and share the knowledge and result of the research. We also distribute the excellent works bystudents in CD.
(3) Necessary special consideration of the curriculum
The students learn the school original subject “earth environments” on behalf of “infor mation A” (2 units) and “SSH hour” on behalf of the integrated study in the 10
grade. The students of SSH course also take such school original subjects as “natural sci