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Liberal Arts in Japan
Perspectives and Policies in Science and Engineering

ISBN 9789814968058
Published June 30, 2022 by Jenny Stanford Publishing
66 Pages 17 Color & 26 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book compiles the experiences of Prof. Okano while teaching physics at ICU, a liberal arts school in Tokyo, Japan. It presents his unique views on teaching science to students at a liberal arts university, and how this compares to other approaches adopted in Japan. The book also presents example lectures from a basic physics course presented by him and as understood by the students, providing a unique perspective on whether the goal of the course is transferred to their benefit. It introduces a unique and inductive definition of education obtained by Prof. Okano over the many years of rich experiences of learning, teaching, and doing research in Japan and in many other countries.

Table of Contents

1. What is Education?  2. What We Have Been Doing in ICU  3. Tips for Future Education 

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Ken Okano is a professor of physics at ICU, Japan. He received his PhD from Tokai University, Japan, in 1990. He has been a visiting scientist/professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA; University of Cambridge, UK; and National University of Singapore. He has published more than 100 papers in high-impact factor journals, including Nature.

Joshua D. John is pursuing his PhD under Prof. Okano at ICU. He received his BE (Honours) from the National University of Science and Technology, Zimbabwe, in 2012, and MA in natural sciences from ICU in 2018. He has authored or coauthored seven papers in international journals, focusing on quantum superlattice structures of amorphous materials.

Eri Yamamoto is a transfer medical student at Gunma University, Japan. She received her BA from ICU in 2021. During her undergraduate studies, she majored in psychology while she took courses in physics, biology, and anthropology, among others. Her areas of interest are developmental disorders, neuroscience, and developmental psychology.