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The "Double Home Project": Niigata University's
Undergraduate Student Development Assistance Project
Program Description
Background:
Today's higher education cannot be limited to the narrow definition of itself as simply teaching specialized knowledge and skills. Greater expectations are required to change the concept and broaden its educational goals, in order to build a future knowledge-based and sustainable society. Indeed, we have observed the increasing importance of student personal development services on our campus, while society itself has chronically raised serious concerns on college student life as a whole in the past decade. To respond to these urgent issues relating to adolescent problems addressed by higher education institutions, Niigata University launched its "Double Home Project" in 2007, upon the award of a special educational grant, the so-called "Program of Student Support Responding to New Social Needs," funded by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, Japan, and administrated by Japan Student Services Organization.
Objectives and How It Works:
Our "Double Home" project offers students with collaborative learning opportunities for civic engagement and experiential learning through academically-linked services of our university in Niigata prefecture and its region, in order to develop and enhance their communication skills, interpersonal skills, human network, citizenship, academic motivation and career aspirations. Students participating in this program are integrated into 20 collaborative work groups (one unit of these groups being called a "home,"). Each home is composed of about 10 to 24 students, across all academic majors, such as the Faculty of Humanity,Education,Law,Economic,Science,Medicine,Dentistry,Engineering,and Agriculture. The regular place of college study can be referred to as the "First Home," due to the homogenous interest and rigid structure based on the conventional academic discipline and unit system, and this collaborative learning program is the "Second Home". This is because our activities take place outside the formal classrooms and these groups are intentionally designed to be mixed with students from different academic disciplines. They are expected to collaboratively participate in at least one of our aforementioned university service projects confronting a local issue, which is often generated by its unique local settings, culture, and demographic characteristics. Thus, in many cases, our students work closely with these local residents and/or representatives of the area. In addition, currently, over 60 faculty members and staff across the university departments are assigned to serve our program students, to coordinate their group activities and provide them with appropriate and valuable advice regarding their group activities and general issues on their campus life. The E-portfolio system is to be utilized for monitoring student activities and assessing their development.
Implication of This Program as a Possible Future of Niigata University Education
Meeting the various demands of today's higher education requires multiple folding of educational provisions, means and activities as described in our university's mission statement. Along with all our continued endeavors for improvement, this student assistance program is designed not only to reduce the educational boundaries between cognitive and affective development, but also to strengthen educational effectiveness and to integrate entire university-wide functions and activities into education. Thus, this project is considered one of the best examples of how Niigata University is attempting to deliver our state-of-the-art educational component to our students.
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