One of my joys at the ASE conference is meeting up with Japanese science teachers. I admire their work tremendously – I was unable to attend the sessions this year, but was very happy to meet up (and I bought the much anticipated book containing Kiyonobu Itakura’s work translated into English – which is wonderful).
It explains the theory behind the technique developed by generations of Japanese science teachers called Hypothesis-Experiment or Kasetsu.
Explanation of Kasetsu by Professor Haruhiko Funahashi, Tomoko Hasegawa, and Mariko Kobayashi.
A super-short explanation of Kasetsu (or hypothesis-experiment class)
Learners have a classbook (Jugyosho) which asks a series of questions and sets a series of problems. The teacher invites the learners to make hypotheses which are then tested by demonstrations.
The fascinating thing about Kasetsu is the process of designing the sequence of problems and demonstrations. Across Japan there are Kasetsu groups which meet several times each year to review and update their Kasetsu sequence. Some of these sequences have been reviewed and improved for up to fifty years. Members stay committed to their groups throughout their careers.
Does that happen anywhere in England?