by Aya Nakamura (Author),
Alexander Clemments (English translator),
Noritake Okazaki (Editor), Mariko Kobayashi (Introduction)
How old were you when you learned that the world is made up of atoms? Aya is a teacher at a public elementary school in Japan. This is a record of a few days in the classroom when first-grade elementary school children stepped into the world of science with her.
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Hypothesis-Experiment Class (HEC) or "Kasetsu", enables pupils to engage with science concepts using unique teaching materials called “Jugyosho”, the HEC Classbook. HEC and its Classbook were proposed by Dr. Itakura in 1963 based on his theory that recognition of physical phenomena or scientific truth is established only through experiment.
Attractive Classbooks in various fields have been developed and utilized at all levels from primary education to university liberal arts courses. Almost all pupils and students exposed to HEC find the classes fun, regardless of when, where, and by whom it is carried out.
Collection of articles and essays
1. The Process of Establishing Mental Recognition in Science
2. What is the Hypothesis-Experiment Class?
3. HEC as Democratic Education
4. Memorandum Regarding HEC
*The source of these articles is Dr. Kiyonobu Itakura’s "Science and Method" (Kisetu-sha, 1969).
1. Objects and Their Weight
2. Force and Motion (Part I)
3. If You Could See an Atom
4. How Many Legs?
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