Study at TCU


Name IWATA Junko
Official Title Professor
Affiliation Child Studies
Profile My specialty is early childhood music education. It includes children’s musical expressions such as their vocal plays and play with musical instruments, music teaching materials or cultural assets and methods of teaching music and supporting children’s musical expressions in kindergarten or child-care center. Among them, I’m interested in research on cultural assets that have rhythms, e.g. traditional children’s game with folk song, fingerplay with song, and picture book.
The rhythms in those assets induce children to attune each other, that is, synchronize. And I insist that the synchrony caused by them is essential since it forms the basis of relationships between children and teacher or carer.
I’m also conducting action research on how teacher or carer support children’s play activity in groups and observe individual children.
Research results are clarified through presentations at conferenced and piblicaitons in jounals.
Research Field(Keyword & Summary)
  1. Japanese traditional children’s game or play with songs (Warabeuta-asobi) in Kindergarden and nursery school

    This reseach aims to improve ways how teacher or carer teach their children warabeuta in its classroom and how to support them to enjoy the play.

  2. ‘Theory of supporting children’s play in kindergarden and nursery school’  (’Hoiku enjo ron’ or’Asobihoiku ron’ )by Hirohisa Ogawa

    This research aims to validate Ogawa’s theory insisting that teacher can observe individual children in its classroom only while they play with constat members in 5-6 groups、 at constant place, for a certain amount of time, and proposing the way of constructing that condition: the way of environmental composition and teachers behavior.

Representative Papers
  1. 1)Iwata, J.& Ogawa, H. & Honsho. F.(2018) Jugyo jisssen no genkai wo koete [Beyond the limits of conventional educational practice: a case study]Tokyo, Japan Nanami-shobo
  2. 2)Iwata, J.& Ogawa, H.(2009) Kodomo-no’ibasho’wo motomete : kodomo-shudan no rentai-sei to kihan-keisei [Search for place where children belong : solidarity and norm formation in groups of children ]Tokyo, Japan Nanami-shobo
  3. 3)Iwata, J. (2007) Gendaishakai ni okeru ‘kodomo bunka’ seiritsu no kanousei[Thetpossibility of regenerating children’s culture in modern society]Tokyo, Japan: Kazama Shobo
  4. 4)Iwata, J(2021) ‘Asobi-hoiku’jissen ni oite kodomo no ko no rikai wa donoyouni okonawareruka [Haw does teacher observe individual children in their play in nusery school?]Tokyo-toshi-daigaku ningen-kagaku-bu kiyou [Bulletin of Tokyo City Univercuty: Faculty od Human Science ]Vol. 12 25-41
  5. 5)Iwata, J(2020) Issei-katsudo ni okeru ‘kodomo-bunka’seisei ni okeru konnan to sono kokuhuku:Warabeuta-asobi no wa no katachi ha donoyouni sureba iji sareruka [The problem in generating process of children’s culture through the whole class activity : How can children keep the form of circle in Japanese traditional children’s play? ]Tokyo-toshi-daigaku ningen-kagaku-bu kiyou [Bulletin of Tokyo City Univercuty: Faculty od Human Science] Vol. 11 ,9-37
Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research Support: Japan Society for Promotion of Science (JSPS)
Recruitment of research assistant(s) No
Education Field (Undergraduate level) Music Skills, Teaching Method of Music Expression in Child Care and Education