The Japan-U.S. Teacher Education Consortium (JUSTEC)
The Japan-U.S. Teacher Education Consortium (JUSTEC) was established in the late 1980s by several deans of education at universities in the United States and in Japan in the interest of fostering joint research efforts into teacher education issues of mutual interest in both countries. The original founding universities in the U.S. were: Columbia University, Stanford University, Vanderbilt University, NY City University, University of Minnesota, Michigan State University, Ohaio State UniversityUniversity of Washington, San Diego State University and University of Indiana. The original founding universities in Japan were : University of Tokyo, Kyoto University, University of Tsukuba, Tokyo Gakugei University, Chiba University, Aichi University of Education, Hiroshima University, Hyogo University of Teacher Education, Waseda University, and Tamagawa University. The organization was established under the aegis of AACTE (American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education) and, though it has evolved from being dean-centered to being faculty/researcher-centered over the years, JUSTEC has continued to hold annual conferences of teacher education professionals in alternate locations in the U.S. and Japan. For much of its history, the annual meetings were sponsored by AACTE and supported by AACTE staff. AACTEfs longtime Executive Director, Dr. David Imig played a key role in the establishment and continuing operation of JUSTEC by publishing notices of the annual meetings, dedicating staff to supporting the planning and resourcing of the meetings, and attending and participating in the meetings every year until his retirement. Since 2007, JUSTEC has continued as an independent organization of interested faculty and universities.
The objectives of JUSTEC are:
- To provide opportunities for colleges and graduate schools of education to examine their study and practice.
- As an incubator for new ideas, to provide opportunities to give presentations and to engage in discussion and cultural exchange for scholars, graduate students, in-service teachers, policy makers and others who are involved in education.
- To facilitate joint study and collaborative projects between US and Japanese scholars/educators and to support scholarsf and practitionersf efforts towards better education.
- To enhance academic networks between Japan and US scholars, educators, and practitioners.
JUSTEC 2010 was a
special convocation, as it marked the beginning of a renewal for
JUSTEC. This year, Tamagawa University (Tokyo) and University of Puget
Sound (Tacoma) became the official hub universities for JUSTEC in Japan
and the U.S. In addition, JUSTEC 2010 has gained the support of the
American Embassy in Japan; the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports,
Science, and Technology, Japan (MEXT); the Japan Educational
Administration Society; the Japanese Association for the Study of
Educational Administration; the Japan Society for the Studies on
Educational Practices; and the Japan Association for Emotional
Education; thereby providing particular educational benefits for
Japan-US educators. In addition, the JUSTEC 2010 Forum invited a
featured keynote speaker, Dr. Marilyn Cochran-Smith, the Cawthorne
Professor of Teacher Education for Urban Schools and Director of the
Doctoral Program in Curriculum and Instruction at the Lynch School of
Education at Boston College (Boston, Massachusetts, USA). She is an
elected member of the National Academy of Education and a former
President of the American Educational Research Association (AERA). This
forum was supported by the Tokyo Metropolitan Board of Education, the
Kanagawa Prefectural Board of Education, the Saitama Prefectural Board
of Education, and 5 other City Boards of Education (Machida, Inagi,
Kawasaki, Sagamihara, Yokohama), as they consider JUSTEC to be highly
beneficial not only for scholars but also for their in-service
The Annual JUSTEC Seminar continues the tradition of Japanese and U.S. teacher educators convening to promote understanding of and collaborative research into education issues of interest in both Japan and the U.S. JUSTEC seminars include interactive presentations by Japanese and American educators, visits to area schools, formal and informal discussions among seminar participants, and cultural activities.
Participation is open to all members of the education community – college/university administrators and faculty, PK-12 administrators and teachers, and students from all levels. Active participation and discussion is welcomed and encouraged, especially in the presentation of papers on topics confronting both Japanese and U.S. Teacher Education. Efforts to prepare paper/presentation handouts in both English and Japanese are appreciated. The primary language for presentations at the seminar will be English.
Previous host universitiesF
Year@ Host university 2018 Bukkyo University 2017 University of Hawaii at Manoa 2016 Ehime University 2015 University of West Florida 2014 Tokyo Gakugei University 2013 University of Puget Sound 2012 Naruto University of Education 2011 University of Massachusetts
2010 Tamagawa University 2009
University of Hawaii at Manoa 2008 Bukkyo University 2007@ University of Hawaii at Manoa 2006 Tokyo Gakugei University 2005@ Portland State University 2004 Waseda University 2003 California State University-Dominguez Hills 2002 Naruto University of Education 2001 University of Puget Sound 2000 Tamagawa University 1999 University of Hawaii at Manoa 1998 Bukkyo University 1997 San Diego State University 1996 Naruto University of Education 1994@ Hiroshima University 1993 University of Hawaii at Manoa 1992 Tamagawa University 1991@ Stanford Univeristy 1990 University of Tokyo
1989 University of Hawaii at Manoa 1988 Kyoto University