A Japan Career Education Collaborative Project: Connecting to the Future


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Darryl T. Yagi
Hyogo University of Teacher Education
Kato, Hyogo, Japan

Toyoki Nakao
Counseling and Guidance Supervisor
JUSO Junior High School
Mino, Osaka, Japan

Yukiko Higashiura
Graduate Student
Osaka University
Nara, Japan

The JUSO project is one K-8 model of career education in Japan that provides students with career education opportunities to think and reflect upon the past, present, and how to connect to the future. Collaboration with schools, NPO, Chambers of Commerce, companies, volunteers, and parents are key components.

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A Japan Career Education Collaborative Project: Connecting to the Future

  1. 1. A Japan Career Education Collaboration Project: Connecti ng to the Future JUSO Project
  2. 2. <ul><li>Community development through the Career Education </li></ul><ul><li>This project will activate everything related with schools; </li></ul><ul><ul><li>the school community, children, parents, people in the community and teachers. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Involves collaboration between and among the schools' stakeholders </li></ul>Vision of JUSO Project
  3. 3. <ul><li>Lack of career consciousness </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Increasing the number of NEET (Non Education, Employed or Trained) and freeter (job-hopping part-timer). </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Sectionalism of Social Structures </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Lack of partnership between elementary schools and JH school in the community. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Lack of partnership between community groups. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Becoming a mere facade existing structure. </li></ul></ul>Background
  4. 4. <ul><li>Career education in the community with school collaboration. </li></ul><ul><li>Provide an opportunity for children and adults in the community to communicate with each other. </li></ul><ul><li>Collaboration with schools, NPO, Chamber of Commerce, companies, volunteers, and parents. </li></ul>Concept of the JUSO Project
  5. 5. <ul><li>One community in the Osaka city, the second biggest city in Japan. </li></ul><ul><li>Atmosphere :Old downtown </li></ul><ul><li>Education institutions : </li></ul><ul><ul><li>1 Kindergarten </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>5 Elementary schools </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>1 JH school </li></ul></ul>What’s JUSO?
  6. 6. <ul><li>There is big differences in living conditions </li></ul>Differences in JUSO community The East side The West side <ul><li>Waterfront in Osaka </li></ul><ul><li>Luxury condominiums </li></ul><ul><li>Old downtown </li></ul><ul><li>One of the most popular night spot in Osaka city </li></ul>
  7. 7. What’s JAE? <ul><li>The mission </li></ul><ul><li>The goal of our activities </li></ul><ul><li>Our biography </li></ul>
  8. 8. Connecter NPO JAE Volunteer students JUSO School Zone Formation of JUSO Project Responsible Organization PTA Kikawa Elementary School Nonaka Elementary School Juso Elementary School Nishinakajima Elementary School KikawaMinami Elementary School JUSO JH School Sponsorship Ministry of Education Osaka City Resources Cooperation Supermarkets
  9. 9. <ul><li>Management the Whole Program. </li></ul><ul><li>Before the program </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Setting the common concept with the stakeholders. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Create the learning program. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Coordinating the stakeholders. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>During the program </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Supporting the activities. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Encouraging volunteers. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>After the program </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Accomplishment report </li></ul></ul>What NPO did in JUSO Project
  10. 10. <ul><li>Goal : Making good relationship to help children in Juso area. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>5 elementary schools and 1 JH school participate in the Project. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Our Career Education as 4-step program </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Pre-studying </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Learning through work experience </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Post-studying </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Presentation </li></ul></ul>JUSO Project 2008
  11. 11. Our Career Education <ul><li>Work together as a team, positive relationship. </li></ul><ul><li>Learn how to communicate and think critically. </li></ul>
  12. 12. Program Date Theme Program 3 Aug. JUSO forum Introduce Juso project Local residents gather and talk about their town 2 Nov. 22 Nov. Pre studying ・ Debate about food safety and garbage issue ・ Listen to the story of professional 29 Nov. Learning through work experience Work experience in the local supermarkets 30 Nov. 6-7 Dec. Post studying Prepare for presentation and sale. 13 Dec. Presentation ・ Present what children learn in this program. ・ Open the grocery store
  13. 13. <ul><li>From children </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ It was fun that I could work at the supermarket. Because people told me “thank you” and it was very unusual experience.” </li></ul></ul><ul><li>From parents </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Children can learn what is Juso area, so this program cultivate love for their hometown.” </li></ul></ul><ul><li>From teacher </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ We can get to know many children we would have not known and we can greet each other on the street.” </li></ul></ul>Voice of participants
  14. 14. <ul><li>JUSO Project members meet and hold new events for children in Juso area. </li></ul><ul><li><For example> </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Walking together at night along the Yodogawa river. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Yodogawa river scavenger hunt. </li></ul></ul>Outcome of JUSO Project 1
  15. 15. <ul><li>Involve the community members to promote community events. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Making relationship with children and children. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Making relationship with children and adults. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Making relationship with adults and adults. </li></ul></ul>Outcome of JUSO Project 2
  16. 16. <ul><li>To be an ongoing project. </li></ul><ul><li>To establish collaborative relationship between school and school, school and community. </li></ul><ul><li>To increase the number of participants; children, adults and community members. </li></ul><ul><li>Fund raising </li></ul>Next Steps