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The 19th OECD/Japan Seminar

On Saturday the 1st of July, 2017, the 19th OECD/Japan Seminar was held at the auditorium of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT), to which 389 people from the boards of education and schools in all over Japan attended (including 71 attendants from schools which had participated in PISA2015).
   OECD/Japan Seminar has been co-hosted by MEXT and OECD, which has covered various themes. This time, the seminar was jointly held with NIER. The theme was “Lessons from PISA2015: The Future of Learning – Scientific Literacy and Proactive, Interactive and Deep Learning”. The discussions were on the current situation and issues of Japanese education and its future direction based on the international comparisons in the results of PISA 2015, which had been announced in December 2016.

After the opening remarks by Shinjiro Komatsu, Deputy Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, MEXT, 2 keynote speeches were delivered. In the first speech, Andreas Schleicher, Director for the Directorate of Education and Skills, OECD, analyzed the results of PISA and highlighted Japanese characteristics such as high quality of teachers and the needs of “elaboration strategies”. In the second speech, Kan Hiroshi Suzuki, Special Advisor to the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, MEXT, reported PISA results of Japan, the direction of the next national curriculum standards (the Course of Study), and the goals which Japanese education should aim at.

Opening remarks by Shinjiro Komatsu<br>Deputy Minister of Education, Culture,<br>Sports, Science and Technology, MEXT Andreas Schleicher<br>Director for the Directorate of Education and<br>Skills, OECD Kan Hiroshi Suzuki<br>Special Advisor to the Minister of Education,<br>Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, MEXT
Opening remarks by Shinjiro Komatsu
Deputy Minister of Education, Culture,
Sports, Science and Technology, MEXT
Andreas Schleicher
Director for the Directorate of Education and
Skills, OECD
Kan Hiroshi Suzuki
Special Advisor to the Minister of Education,
Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, MEXT

In addition, as to introduce country examples, Oon Seng Tan, Professor & Director, National Institute of Education (Singapore), introduced Singapore’s educational reform with the focus on science education. Anthony Jackson, Vice President and Director, Center for Global Education at Asia Society (USA), gave a speech on the development of Global Competence through science education. Maria James, Science Manager, Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (Australia), addressed the efforts for students’ proactive learning in science education.

Oon Seng Tan<br>Professor & Director, National<br>Institute of Education (Singapore) Anthony Jackson<br>Vice President and Director, Center for<br>Global Education at Asia Society (USA) aria James<br>Science Manager, Victorian Curriculum<br>and Assessment Authority (Australia)
Oon Seng Tan
Professor & Director, National
Institute of Education (Singapore)
Anthony Jackson
Vice President and Director, Center for
Global Education at Asia Society (USA)
Maria James
Science Manager, Victorian Curriculum
and Assessment Authority (Australia)

Following the presentations, the panel discussion was held which was moderated by Special Advisor Suzuki. In addition to the 5 speakers who had given the keynote speeches or presentations, Yoichi Kiyohara, Chief Inspector, MEXT, and Marie Oshima, Professor at the University of Tokyo, contributed to the discussion. At first, Chief Inspector Kiyohara introduced the main points of the revision of science national curriculum standards in Japan. This was followed by the discussions on “better science education” from each panelist incorporating the questions gathered beforehand from the audience. The panelists stated that; the necessity of not only students but also teachers’ engagement in proactive learning while enjoying teaching itself, the importance of interactive instructions and practices to improve students’ attitude toward learning, the fact that many countries are learning from the positive aspects and strength of Japanese educational system, and the importance of teachers sharing their goals while learning from each other’s teachings.

Yoichi Kiyohara<br>Chief Inspector, MEXT Marie Oshima<br>Professor,The University of Tokyo The panel discussion
Yoichi Kiyohara
Chief Inspector, MEXT
Marie Oshima
Professor,The University of Tokyo
The panel discussion

※plase refer to the following links in the MEXT website for the materials and the video of the seminar.

【the materials of 19th OECD/Japan Seminar (Japanese)】

    http://www.mext.go.jp/a_menu/kokusai/oecd/1388522.htm

【the materials of 19th OECD/Japan Seminar (English)】

    http://www.mext.go.jp/a_menu/kokusai/oecd/1388526.htm

【the video of the presentations(link to You Tube)】

    https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLGpGsGZ3lmbBopssIkgqWLaQ9D9mioBR9