We interview, this time, Ms. K, who is a PhD student of Natural, Biotic and Social Environment Engineering.
She is a Rike-jo from Ukraine. She is on temporary leave from school now but continues working on her study. She is actually married and balances study and house works. Her study is an analysis of curriculum on life and environmental science and she works on comparative analysis between Japan, Ukraine and other countries.
We would like to ask her about what led her to the study in this field and her life in Yamanashi, as well.
Q: First of all, what made you come here, University of Yamanashi?
A: I got married with a Japanese who is from Yamanashi. That’s why I came here and I was looking for a place to study Japanese.
University of Yamanashi is placed not far from my house, so I started “Campus life” to study Japanese for 1 year with other foreign students here. After that, I started wondering if I could study more making use of my knowledge. Then, I got a chance to meet Professor Kazama and she gave me a cue to think about the study in this field.
Nashi-dai is a good university. So are the teachers.
Q: Have you studied in this field even in your country, Ukraine?
A: Honestly, I had worked in a very different field. I completed Master course in Finance and Economics of aerospace industry and had a professional experience in it and higher education. (That sounds cool! You mean… you have W master degrees in different faculties?! ヽ(･ω･;ヽ)!!(ﾉ;･ω･)ﾉ！！)
After coming to Japan I wanted to continue studying economics, but then decided to try the other interesting field – education.
Q: Could you tell me your study in detail?
A: The target for my study is school, especially from junior high to 1st year of high school in Japan and Ukraine.
I analyze such issues as instructional time for life and environmental science comparing to other fields, national standards in different countries, including Japan and Ukraine, etc. It is mainly carried out by checking the curriculum, but also I conduct questionnaires to teachers to survey the actual hours and contents.
For questionnaires, I sometimes ask my friends but basically my supervisor and I have to go and negotiate with schools to accept it. Science fields are optional after 1st year of high school in many states, including Japan, so my target is from junior high to 1st year of high school because I want to study the amount of knowledge that every student obtains.
The purpose of my study is to contribute to the development of science education. I believe that countries should exchange their practices and experience in education, especially in biology and environmental studies, because we have one Earth for all, and such exchange will enrich us scientifically and culturally.
Q:I am wondering it doesn’t seem to have something in common with finance…
A: Indeed, it has!!
Our intention to protect the environment is under a great pressure of our economic desires and needs. So, to protect the environment, we need to be educated to limit our economic wishes (e.t. to have a big house or several houses, several cars, etc.). In the same time, we also have to know how the world (the nature) works. Such education might enrich the society and help us to find a balance of the economic development and the environmental protection. Therefore, I think there is a very deep connection and a conflict between two of my fields of study. And there is always a question: does the education have to reflect and depend only on the economic needs of the country, or to pursue greater goals? In that way, I think this study is for me because I put myself into it with my knowledge about finance and economics.
Actually I took biology and chemistry when I was in high school, so I enjoy this study.