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Introduction

Ten years have been passed since the establishment of the Department of Mathematics and Science Education in the Graduate School of Science in 1998, the environment surrounding secondary education transformed greatly. The following new issues have arisen in education and research in the Department of Mathematics and Science Education.

  1. Fostering of mathematics and science teachers who possess advanced, specialized knowledge in both specialized subjects and academic subjects at the Graduate School level
  2. Fostering of teachers with practical problem-solving capabilities and teaching skills who can support improvements in scholastic ability, etc. in science and mathematics subjects
  3. Fostering of teachers who are aware, more than ever, of the important roles that mathematics and science play in the development of science and technology
  4. Fostering of mathematics and science teachers and science communicators who can respond to social phenomena, ethical issues, etc. that derive from the development of science and technology

With the objective of responding to the above issues, the Graduate School of Mathematics and Science Education has developed and enriched the roles and functions that the old Department of Mathematics and Science Education has fulfilled up until now, and will newly establish a Department of Mathematics and Science Education (Mathematics Course, Science Course). The Graduate School aims to further strengthen its cultivation of secondary mathematics and science teachers, expand the philosophy of the Tokyo University of Science, which is the "advancement of science," to "science education," or in other words, "promotion of activities to educate, popularize and raise awareness on scientific knowledge and skills," that targets not only education at schools but a broader range of people including the general public, and foster human resources who contribute to "science education" in each of the fields of society.

The Graduate School of Mathematics and Science Education strives mainly to strengthen the fostering of superior mathematics and science teachers as advanced professionals, while keeping the cultivation of researchers, etc. engaged in education and research of "science education" in perspective. In addition, the Graduate School welcomes serving teachers from public and private high- and middle-schools as well new graduates, to cultivate human resources as new teachers, and also to promote rich refresher education for in-service teachers. As a result, lectures are held both in the daytime and evenings. The Graduate School of Mathematics and Science Education also cultivates human resources who contribute to the development of citizens who have a good scientific sense ("educated citizens") by carrying out activities to raise awareness, popularize, and educate people on scientific knowledge and skills in broad areas of society, as human resources who possess advanced, intellectual culture and who support the knowledge-based society in various ways.

Objective

The objective of the master's course is to foster human resources engaged in science education in broad fields of society, focusing on science and mathematics teachers who broadly and comprehensively understand the sciences, in leading-edge fields, and can properly convey their understanding and who are confident that they are contributing to the development of natural science through secondary education.

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