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avatar for Mariko KOBAYASHI


Association for Studies in Hypothesi-Experiment Class (ASHEC)
Manager of the translation and publication committee
I have taught science at junior high schools in Japan for 30years. I also have worked as a secretariat of a translation and publication committee of ASHEC for these 10years.In our session we will introduce ‘Hypothesis-Experiment Class’(HEC).** In 1963 Kiyonobu Itakura proposed HEC based on his studies of science history and epistemology. It might be known as ‘Hypothesis Experiment Instruction’ (HEI) especially in the field of educational psychology. In this method, students inquire a scientific principle through a series of carefully set problems. Students predict the expected results of the experiments and discuss subjects where the naïve concept and the ultimate scientific law often conflict. HEC Classbook guides the students to correct their hypotheses as of the class advances. In the end, the students will enjoy analyzing a new problem correctly with confidence. Itakura and the member teachers of Association for study in HEC have developed many HEC Classbooks to teach various scientific concepts. Most students who learned science subjects through this method evaluated their classes as very enjoyable.
Dr.Itakura also proposed to teach atomic theory in the early stage of scientific education. An HEC Classbook for teaching about atom and molecule has been developed and many children and teachers have enjoyed this HEC Class for 40 years. I am excited to introduce the molecule models that we use and related teaching materials, especially an app " If You Could See an Atom."
I am also interested in fish anatomy, and I am studying dry fish as an introductory dissection teaching material. https://niboshinokaibou.com