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Wednesday, January 12 • 11:00am - 11:45am
Pupils love molecular models: early atomism exposure in HEC

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Today in Japan, children in thousands of early primary school classrooms are enjoying thinking about everyday phenomena via molecular models.  This is possible thanks to curriculum created by Hypothesis—Experiment Class. We will demonstrate this curriculum with many examples. The use of HEC in teacher education will also be introduced.
     Please look at the pdf files on the bottom left of this page. Some related documents are available here.
- Little Atomists : Megumi Ito, a primary school teacher, reported in her book, " Little Atomists," how pupils, aged 6-7, discussed molecular motion in her HEC class. Her pupils enjoy thinking with the help of images of atoms and molecules.
- Reading, Writing, Arithmetic, and Molecular Models : Dr. Itakura recommends early exposure to atomism. He shows us the path to a bright future of education.
- What is the Hypothesis–Experiment Class? : An overview of HEC is given through a brief introduction of the class management. It also includes a list of HEC Classbooks.
- ASEproceedings2018Liverpool : An introduction of HEC through one of the typical Classbooks "Objects and their Weight".
     The English-translation and publication of Dr Itakura's original works advocating HEC has been completed. The new book includes detailed descriptions of the theory and method, and all the relevant issues. It is a feature of this book that carefully selected "Classbooks", which are inseparable with HEC, are appended. There is also including "If You Could See an Atom" in the appendix.
     Please visit our website http://www.kasetsu.org/4_english/what.html.

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Haruhiko Funahashi

Professor, Kyoto University
I have a background in experimental particle physics. My interests are in introductory education in physics. I am in charge of physics lectures for non-science majors, mainly freshman, and a lecture of science teachers certificate course. In both lectures, from different viewpoints... Read More →
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Tomoko Hasegawa

Junior High School Teacher, Kaizuka Junior high school
I am interested in teaching introductory physics through HEC(Hypothesis- Experiment- class) method. It is my life work as a teacher of science. Because pupil comes to join the discussion to the result of the experiment and enjoy thinking together. Through that experiments, most pupils... Read More →
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Mariko Kobayashi

Manager of translation and publication committee, Association for Studies in Hypothesis-Experiment Class
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 Association for Studies in Hypothesis–Experiment Class(ASHEC)for 10years.My colleague and I would like to introduce a lesson in... Read More →
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Koji Tsukamoto

Professor, Chiba Institute of Science, Japan
I had taught physics in High Schools for about 30 years and am a professor of science education at Chiba Institute of Science in Japan. I also engaged a lot of enjoyable science lecture for public. I hope to introduce enjoyable science class.
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Noritake Okazaki

High School Teacher, Tamanokonan High School
More than just giving knowledge of atoms and molecules,the rich images of them can be a fundamental concept in looking at the world.I believe this amazing education"HEC" will become the new Common Language of the world.----------------------------------about meWorld traveler/Motorbike... Read More →
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Michael M. Hull

Research Associate, University of Vienna
I am a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Vienna and have been interested in Hypothesis--Experiment Class (HEC) since learning about it when I visited Kyoto University in 2019.  My research specialty is in student understanding of radioactivity, and I am supervising two... Read More →
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Haruki Abe

PhD Student, Kyoto University
I am PhD student at Kyoto University. My research interest is about quantum mechanics. Now I’m trying to make a new lesson plan of quantum mechanics following the Hypothesis-Experiment Class(HEC) methodology. It is based on the idea of R. Feynman’s path integral. My favorite classbook... Read More →

Wednesday January 12, 2022 11:00am - 11:45am GMT
Zoom Room 3