Teaching & Learning Lab

Empowerment through Education

Student Research in Teaching and Learning Lab

Students in this lab are engaged in a variety of research and design. They are specialized in different areas of design. Some students are specialized in areas outside the discipline of design. But most of them have something in common. Students in the lab shared common interest in their concerns with issues related to the current education systems, sustainability, and the society. They explore how design can be used to solve issues related to our education systems, and in turn solving societal issues at large.

As part of research and data collection, students in the lab often conduct field surveys, focus group interviews, individual interviews, questionnaire surveys, document analysis, etc. Sometimes, field surveys are conducted together with the lab supervisor.
This page provides an overview of the research titles engaged by students in the lab.

Number of student members in the lab as of Academic Year 2024

Undergraduate: 3
Research Student: 2
Master: 4
Doctorate: 1
Students joining the lab through overseas exchange program: 0

Past and Present Research Titles

Below are the titles of the research conducted by past and present students in the lab.

  • The Developments of Tents used in Modern Japanese Mountain Climbing: Based on the Period from the Dawn of Japanese Mountain Climbing to Present Time
  • A Research on the Effectiveness of Educational Facilities for Design Education in Elementary School: An Example Based on Art Subject in Public Elementary Schools in Fukuoka City
  • A study on the Educational Space and Facilities for Art and Craft Education in Japanese elementary schools
  • A Study on Educational Factors to Raise Children’s Consciousness for SDGs by the Montessori Method: An Example Based on Montessori Preschools in Fukuoka City
  • A Study of Learning Spaces for STEAM Education in Elementary Schools: A case study of Elementary Schools of Fukuoka
  • Research on the Possible use of Online Whiteboard for High School Design Education: A case study in Fukusho High School during Covid-19 Pandemic
  • Study on Active Learning Environment for Technology Education in Junior High Schools in Japan: An Example Based on Junior High Schools in Fukuoka City
  • A study on Communications between Students when using iPads during Group Discussion Led by the Process of Design Thinking: Based on an example from Fukusho High School
  • A study on the used clothing collection activities in apparel industry and non-profit organization: A case study based on Uniqlo and Fukuoka City Seaside 3R Station
  • Construction of Classrooms for Learning in Regular Classes of Elementary Schools A study of Support to Children with Developmental Disorders
  • Images used in English learning: a perspective on implementing visual literacy in the Japanese and Ecuadorian classroom from the visual instructional material.
  • Research to address the lack of knowledge faced by teachers during SDGS related design activities: Based on SDGs Challenge Project in Fukusho High School
  • Challenges of teachers to integrate ESD design activities in Technology Education in Japanese public junior high schools
  • A study on the pedagogical strategies to integrate STEM/STEAM fields in school education (tentative)
  • A study on the design of educational resources for design-based learning in Japanese high school inquiry-based learning (tentative)
  • A study on strategies to mitigate gender stereotyping found in elementary English textbooks (tentative)
  • A Study on the Present Situation and Development of Learning to Cope with Life Risks and Learning about Changes in Industrial Structure in Career Education at Senior High Schools
  • Development of sustainable STEM/STEAM education environment by teachers Focus on STEM/STEAM education incorporating design process in junior high school technology subjects
  • more to be added…..(Last Update: Feb 2024)

Previous research publications and conference presentation by students:
  • Okura, M., & Loh, W. L. (2018).小学校におけるデザイン教育に対応する施設についての研究: 福岡市の公立小学校における図画工作を事例にして. 日本デザイン学会第5支部研究発表会.
  • Baba, H., & Loh, W. L. (2022). A Study of STEAM Education and related Learning Environments in Elementary Schools: A case study of Elementary Schools of Fukuoka City. In [ ] With Design: Reinventing Design Modes: Proceedings of the 9th Congress of the International Association of Societies of Design Research (IASDR 2021) (1 ed., pp. 1397–1419). Springer Singapore. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-19-4472-7_91
  • Zong, C., Loh, W. L., Takano, N., Shimomura, M., & Zhang, Y. (2023). Educational resources to improve Japanese high school teachers' facilitation abilities in problem identification and ideation activities. In Proceedings of the 25th International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education (E&PDE 2023) The Design Society. https://doi.org/10.35199/EPDE.2023.21
  • Wang, X., Loh, W. L., & Sera, K. (2023). Challenges of teachers to integrate ESD design activities in technology education in Japanese public junior high schools. In Proceedings of the 25th International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education (E&PDE 2023) The Design Society. https://doi.org/10.35199/EPDE.2023.23

Design works by students in the lab
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