1-1-1. Kagamiyama,
Higashi-hiroshima, Hiroshima

+81-82-424-4388 +81-82-424-5261

Greetings from the Director

YOKEN, also known as the Research Institute of Early Childhood Education, is one of the most specialized and long-established research institutes in Japan, with a 55-year history. It is dedicated to comprehensive, empirical, and interdisciplinary research dealing with early childhood education, especially from the viewpoints of both pedagogy and psychology.

The YOKEN staff consists of a director (concurrent position), three professors, an associate professor, and a research assistant. There are also four research fellows from within Hiroshima University, and two research fellows based outside the school. Involving undergraduate and postgraduate students, a large number of research endeavors is undertaken: for example, the expertise of nursery teachers, collaboration between kindergartens, preschools, and elementary schools, and childcare support.

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us. We thank you for your interest in YOKEN, the Research Institute of Early Childhood Education.

Research Insutitute of Early Childhood Education,
Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences


“Early Childhood Education and Care in Hong Kong and Japan”
Please apply via QR code or URL.

A symposium will be held on Monday, December 11. Looking forward to your participation.

We started 2nd semester in October. Wishing you a fulfilling research life!

日本学術会議 心理学・教育学委員会(乳幼児発達・保育分科会)からのご案内です。 9月24日(日)16時より、「子ども政策の総合化を考えるIII」と題して、保育・幼児教育の公共性に関するシンポジウムを開催することとなりました。 詳細は、添付のフライヤーをご覧下さい。参加費無料、オンライン開催です。幼年教育研究施設も共催しています。

We held a seminar on "Quality Improvement and Evaluation of Childcare - From the Efforts of UNESCO-" by Yoshie Kaga, UNESCO West Africa office. Thank you for your participation despite it being a national holiday.

Notice of Seminar Kaga Yoshie (UNESCO Dakar)

Title: Quality Improvement and Evaluation of the Childcare
-UNESCO Initiatives-

Venue:conference room#1, School of Education, Hiroshima University
Date&Time: 13:30 on Monday July 17,2023
※Scan the QR code to participate

The seminar on "Teacher as Researcher" was held on June 21st. Performed by Dr.Mina Kim of San Francisco State University. In a friendly atmosphere of lunch talk, it ended in great success.

Notice of Seminar Mina KIM Ph.D (SanFrancisco State University)

Title:"Teacher as Researcher"
~ Teacher Inquiry Methods Framework:How Does Reflection and Inquiry Cycle Promote Professional Development in Early Childhood Education? ~
Apply from QR code

Welcome to YOKEN!
As we start a new fiscal year 2023, we held an orientation.
we held an orientation
Online Farewell Party was held!
We wish you all a fulfilling new life starting in April.
Online Farewell Party was held!

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