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International Symposium on Environmental Education 2002
Supports for School EE


In this symposium, we aim to explore and discuss what environmental education ought to be under the notion that the foundation of environmental education is based on sensitivity toward our surrounding environment and love for human beings in terms of how we interact with nature by learning from the current state of environmental education abroad. Then, we will explore suitable environmental education programs for the Japanese educational system in the light of possible assistance for EE by local authorities, non-government organizations, and academic institutions.

In order to nurture such compassion, it is not sufficient to learn only through written documents and photos. It is essential in environmental education to let people in the real field actually feel and touch their surrounding environment and raise their awareness, in addition to the acquired knowledge, toward the fact that we humans are a part of other living things and are maintained by coexisting with each other.

To achieve it, we should transform the existing "knowledge acquisition-oriented" classes into more "empirical" ones. We also need teachers who are capable of implementing various fieldwork events.

Today, environmental education in Japan has been put into practice as a part of each related school subject such as science and social studies and the "hours for comprehensive studies." Yet, what environmental education deals with should be more diverse in a variety of realms. Thus, a certain system to provide support for schools is needed for this education. The assistance includes suggestions for teaching curricula, provision of professional expertise and methods for environmental education. In this symposium, we will focus our attention on the "EE utilizing natural fields" so as to have a detailed and animated discussion.

This symposium aims to contribute to advancing the level of scholarship on a variety of interdisciplinary fields for researchers from all over Japan and elsewhere in the world, and thus to promoting international friendship among the participants. This is one of the subsidized projects of Japan's Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology. The symposium is being held as an International Symposium in 2002 adopted by the Ministry.

Participants/Discussion Format:

In addition to the 10 international guest speakers, we will welcome 10 speakers domestically.
About a hundred participants making a special study of this field can also take part in discussions as well as Q & A sessions. The symposium is open to the public. Admission free.


3 - 5 December 2002 (Tuesday - Thursday)
December 02, 2002 at Sendai Excel Hotel Tokyu
Afternoon: Registration & Get together

December 03, 2002 at Sendai International Center

Morning: Opening Remarks, Keynote Address
Afternoon: Paper Presentations
Evening: Banquet

December 04, 2002 at Izumity21

Morning: Paper Presentations
Afternoon: Reports from School Children

December 05, 2002 at Sendai International Center

Morning: Paper Presentations, Closing Remarks
Afternoon: Small Excursion “Igune”


Sendai International Center (Aoba-ward, Sendai City), Izumity21 (Izumi-ward, Sendai City)

Special Lecturers:

  • Dr. Jack T. Moyer
    Naturalist, The president of Miyakejima Ocean Family, Adviser to the Miyakejima Nature Center (Miyakejima, Tokyo, Japan)
  • Dr. Paul H. Williams
    Professor Emeritus, University of Wisconsin-Madison,Center for Biology Education
    Famous for Fast Plant Program.


  • Alisara CHUCHA(Thailand)
    Faculty of Education, Chulalongkorn University, Professor
  • Andrea DÉRI
    IGES, Capacity Building Program, Program Manager
  • Chiemi SAITO
    Miyagi University of Education, EEC, Associate Professor
  • Heiko CROST(Germany)
    Head of the Frankfurt Teachers in Service Training Institute, Hesssisches Landesinstitut für Padagogik
  • Jennie LANE (U.S.A.)Wisconsin Center for Environmental Education, Energy Education Program, Program Director
  • NamYong CHUNG(Korea)
    Taegu National Universityof Education, Assistant Professor
  • Neghi WANG (China)
    Tohoku Normal University.Professor
  • Ryokichi HIRONO
    Seikei Univeristy, Professor Emeritus
  • Toshihiko HIGUCHI
    Tokyo Gakugei University, Professor
  • Vicki KELIHER(Australia)
    Faculty of Environmental Sciences, Grifffith University, Lecturer, Master of Environmental Education Program
  • Yoshihiro UGAWA
    Miyagi University of Education, EEC, Associate Professor
  • Miyagi Board of Education
  • Sendai Board of Education
  • Kesennuma Board of Education


  • Masaharu YASUE Miyagi University of Education, EEC, Professor
  • Masahisa SATO IGES, Program Officer, Research Associate
  • Natsuko HAGIWARA Environment and Lifestyle
  • Department, Miyagi Prefectural Government, Vice Director General
  • Takaaki KOGANEZAWA Miyagi University of Education, Professor
  • Takao WATANABE Miyagi University of Education, Professor
  • Takashi MURAMATSU Miyagi University of Education, EEC, Professor
  • Yuri SASAKI Miyagi University of Education, Associate Professor

Special Cooperaters:

  • Andrea DÉRI IGES, Capacity Building Program, Program Manager
  • Fumiaki TANIGUCHI Konan University, Professor
  • Masahisa SATO Program Officer, Research Associate
  • Ryuuta TANABE Ecosystem Conservation Society-Japan
  • Yohko KOBORI Musashi Institute of Technology, Professor

Symposium Administration Committee:

Kazuyuki MIKAMI(Chairperson), Masaharu YASUE, Takao WATANABE, Takaaki KOGANEZAWA, Kousei IZAWA, Hidenori SUGAWARA, Hiroshi OMURA, Jinichi MATSUMOTO

Symposium Executive Committee:

Takashi MURAMATSU, Chiemi SAITO, Koji MIZOTA, Yoshihiro UGAWA, Yoshinori SATO, Keiko FUKUI, Noriko MEMEZAWA, Kazuo SASAMURA, Kumiko SUGANAMI, Kiyoshi SAIJO, Toshio KAWAMURA, Yoshihiko HIRABUKI, Masaaki OKA, Masayoshi KOGA, Yasuhiro OTSUKI, Hideki NATORI, Mikasa TIDA, Takayuki INOUE, Yoshiharu ITO, Tomoo TAKATORI, Naoya KOMATSU, Kazuhiro INOMATA, Yoshiyuki KAZUMOTO, Seishi KAWAGOE, Yuji GOUKE, Kenichiro NAKAZAWA, Takatoshi NAGANUMA, Eiji HONGOU


Dr. Kazuyuki MIKAMI, Professor & Director of Environmental Education Center (EEC), Miyagi University of Education

Symposium Secretariat:

General Affairs Department, Miyagi University of Education
Aza-Aoba, Aramaki, Aoba-ku, Sendai 980-0845, JAPAN
Tel: +81-22-214-3305

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