CRN> Child Research Net Newsletter February 27, 2004

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Child Research Net Newsletter February 27, 2004

1. Director's Comment
2. This month's Topics
3. CRN Cybrary
4. Others

1. Director's Comment
No one would deny the necessity of giving children joyful experiences for their 
healthy growth. I think that the history of the development of the brain 
explains the reason.

In the evolution of vertebrates, the brain has been regarded having been 
developed from nerves found throughout the mollusk body.  The brain stem and 
spinal cord in humans correspond to this brain that first developed in 
vertebrates, and as such, contains a basic program only for living.  The brain 
of primitive mammals developed over time, enabling them to live in groups and 
produce more offspring.  The brain further evolved and humans better adapted to 
their living environment and social life as the neo-cortex which directs 
knowledge, emotion, and will cover the cerebral limbic cortex, which allowed 
humans to create culture in an attempt to live better. In this way, with the 
development of the neo-cortex, in particular, the frontal lobe, the human brain 
as we know it today was formed.

When children are filled with the joy of playing and learning, interaction 
between the neo-cortex and the cerebral limbic cortex becomes more intense. The 
joy of playing strongly affects the motor area, and the joy of learning 
stimulates the frontal lobe.  When humans feel excitement, the brain stem also 
becomes activated, and this state is called "joie de vivre." (Noboru Kobayashi)

2. This month's Topics
Preparing for Workshops (and Life)
Hillel Weintraub, Future University - Hakodate

This is my third writing in a row focusing on the concept of "Workshop", with 
the two earlier ones in November and December, 2003. Each of those articles, 
and many others that I've written over the past few years was about a different 
type of Workshop or Party or Playshop.  In this month's "What's New?", I'd like 
to focus on the topic of "preparation" because there are so many different 
styles possible, and because it's such a vital part of any event.
(Continued in the website)

Information Technology and Education: Impressions from visiting a Hong Kong 
Primary School
Bipin Indurkhya, Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology

The Po Leung Primary School is also a part of the eSchool Bag pilot scheme in 
Hong Kong, in which the students get an electronic school bag consisting of a 
Personal Digital Assistant (PDA) or a notebook computer with a wireless 
connection to the school's Local Area Network and the Internet. This allows the 
students access to information and an ability to communicate to their peers 
anywhere: in school halls, in playground, and so on. Such facilities promote 
interactive learning and group collaboration. (Continued in the website)

Archive of CRN Home Page Topics for Discussion

3. CRN Cybrary
CRN Events
A demonstration class called "Child Science Talk" was held at CRN's 
experimental learning space, Nagayama Chiikichi on Jan. 11, 2003. The theme is 
"Solving the Mysteries of Heredity."

Koby's Kodomogaku - Children are Our Future
Babies sleeping calmly are nothing but peace in itself. "Babies Grow Up in 
Their Sleep - 1" written by Dr. Kobayashi has been posted.

Educational Visions
A graduate student of ICU from Uzbekistan writes about changes in primary 
education after the independence in "Issues concerning the primary education in 
Uzbekistan:Entrance examinations to elementary schools".

Brown University Child and Adolescent Behavior Letter
We picked up "Preventing and reducing social aggression among girls" and other 
two articles this month.

Young Researchers' Papers
"An Emotion to Overcome" written by a student of Doshisha International Jr/Sr 
High School has been posted.

4. Others
Key Issues
"Key Issues" is a corner in which articles and surveys are broken into 
categories such as "Education in Japan", Kids and Media" and so forth. It has 
been updated now.

Let's Talk! - Ed-Info Japan
We pick up news, information, and issues on education in Japan weekly.
Non-Smiling Babies (Feb. 6)
The Internet Suicide Syndrome (Feb. 13)
The On-line Medical Guide (Feb. 20)
Girls dreaming of becoming a princess(Feb. 27)

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