Fuji Kindgergartenin Tokyo, redefining kindergarten facilities in Japan (© Katsuhisa Kida/FOTOTECA)
Educational Facilities Research Center
National Institute for Educational Policy Research (NIER)
3-2-2 Kasumigaseki, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-8959
Web site : http://www.nier.go.jp/English/departments/menu_11.html#research
The Educational Facilities Research Center was established within the National Institute for Educational Policy Research to conduct basic and specialised research and to gather and disseminate information on issues related to educational facilities. For example, in recent years, the Center has provided advice related to curriculum enhancement and changes in the social environment as they relate to facilities. The results of these activities are utilised in planning various measures related to the construction and maintenance of educational facilities.
The Center examines the development, implementation, operation and monitoring of safety and crime prevention measures in schools, giving due consideration to children's behavioral characteristics and the school educational programme(s).
The Center examines earthquake resistance measures used in school facilities. Research is also conducted on the disaster prevention function of schools as evacuation centres, as well as earthquake resistance upgrades associated with qualitative improvement of such facilities.
The Center examines the environmental aspects of constructing and upgrading school facilities, including the creation of suitable learning and living environments for children. It also reports on measures to reduce the environmental impact of global warming. The Centre conducts research on environmentally friendly facilities (eco-schools) and barrier-free schools.
As well as providing guidance on qualitative standards for school facilities, the Center conducts research on the relationship between school facilities and educational activities. The Center develops and implements surveys of school users' attitudes toward facilities, using advanced assessment techniques.
Gathering and managing educational facility information: compiling databases
Creating links with related organisations enables researchers at the Center to gather and analyse information on research reports concerning educational facilities in Japan and abroad, on various standards relating to such facilities, on examples of forward-thinking initiatives, including comparative analysis, and to compile databases of exemplary facilities for every level of education.
Click here to access more than 30 educational facilities featured and/or submitted to the OECD Compendium of Exemplary Educational Facilities, in addition to guidelines, policy and research documents and other relevant information on Japan.
"Educational facilities are an important factor for realising high quality education and are the basis of all activities that are conducted in schools. Through our participation in the GNE, we hope to form a worldwide network with experts in educational facilities so that teachers and students all over the world will be able to benefit from a high quality education supported by educational facilities (educational foundation)."