Dr. Noriko Saito


Introduction
Teaching Interests
Research Interests
Educational Background




Charter College of Education

Noriko Saito
Professor Emeriti


Office: KH A2024
Phone: (323)343-4350
FAX: (323)343-5458
Email: nsaito@calstatela.edu



INTRODUCTION

I believe in teaching Constructivism and Piagetian Pedagogy. According to Jean Piaget, education is an exchange relation between a leaner and the educators’ value and knowing is always mediated by affectivity intrinsic to it. Affectivity (intrinsic motivation) can cause accelerations and retardations of students’ cognitive development. Also knowing is spontaneous activity that benefits from Piagetian pedagogical assistance by teachers. The difference between “creating learning” and “creating a context for learning” is an important difference, invoked by Piaget and comparable to Vygotsky’s position. Furthermore, Piaget said that “Are we forming children who are only capable of learning what is known already?” (Smith 2009)


TEACHING INTERESTS

I am interested in teaching constructivism and Piagetian Pedagogy. The principle of Piaget’s epistemology and his ”a critical method” are my passion in teaching. I believe that good understanding and good thinking should be an educational goal, and it can only be attained through improvement in the leaner’s reasoning and his/her continual construction and re-construction of knowledge. Piaget’s pedagogy is sensitive to key aspects of this creative process.


RESEARCH INTERESTS

My research interest is cognitive development of children between 0-6 years old. How does Piagetian Pedagogy enhance a child’s cognition? Since I became an emeritus professor, I am continuing my research, writing, and consulting. I am a co-editor of International Journal of Early Childhood Education (Japan) and I am an editorial board member of the International Journal of Early Childhood Education, International (Korea).

Representative Professional Activities

Date

Publications/Presentations

2014 Keynote Speaker “Piagetian Theory and Special Education” Osaka, Japan
2014 Saito N. 2014. “Piaget theory in the first two years of development” JPS 18th Periodical, March Issue
2014 Keynote Speaker “First Two Years of Development” Osaka, Japan
2013 Saito N. 2013. “Cognition, emotion and moral development of children” JPS 17th Periodical, July Issue
2013 Keynote Speaker “Exploration and Investigation: Little Child Learning” Osaka, Japan
2013 Saito N. 2013. “How does a child become scientist?” JPS 17th Periodical, March Issue
2013 Keynote Speaker “Moral Development and Empowerment” Osaka, Japan
2012 Keynote Speaker “Beyond Multicultural Education: Creating a “whole child” who will keep world peace.” Hangzhou, China
2012 Keynote Speaker “Piagetian Pedagogy Teaching” Osaka, Japan
2012 Keynote Speaker “Concept of the Whole Child and Parenting: Emotional development and intellectual development go hand in hand” Hangzhou, China
2012 Keynote Speaker “What is knowledge: Time and Space” Osaka, Japan
2012 Lecturer “Little Scientist” Utsunomiya University, Japan
2012 Saito.N. 2012. “Piagetian theory and Practice” JPS 16th Periodical
2011 Saito.N. 2011. "Developmental Psychology: Not to Put Children in the Pressure Cooker" International Journal of Early Childhood Education Volume 15
2011 Saito.N. 2011. “Piagetian theory and curriculum” JPS 15th Periodical
2010 Lecturer: “What is learning?” Zhejiang University Hangzhou, China
2010 Lecturer: “Understanding Diversity in Education: American Dream” Zhejiang University Hangzhou, China
2010 Keynote speaker: “Concept of the Whole Child and Parenting: Emotional development and intellectual development go hand in hand” Hangzhou, China
2010 Saito.N. 2010. “21st Century and Piagetian Theory” JPS 14th Periodical
2010 Keynote Speaker: “Do not put a child in a pressure cooker: Emotional development and intellectual development go hand and hand”. The 31st Annual Conference Of International Childhood Education Association. Harbin, China
2010 Speaker in symposium: “American federal and state government involvement for early childhood education”. The 31st Annual Conference Of International Childhood Education Association. Harbin, China
2010 Speaker in symposium: “The American Dream”. The 31st Annual Conference Of International Childhood Education Association. Harbin, China
2010 Keynote Speaker: “Parent Education and Social Emotional Development”. Osaka, Japan
2010 Keynote Speaker: “Piaget & Curriculum: Healthy Early Childhood Education”. Kyoto, Japan
2010 Keynote Speaker: “Piaget and 21st Century”. The 15th Jean Piaget Society. Osaka, Japan
2009 Speaker in symposium: “Diversity, Equity, and Social Justice” The 30th Annual conference of International Childhood Education Association. Saitama, Japan
2009 Keynote Speaker: “Piagetian Theory and Autism”. The 14th Jean Piaget Society. Osaka. Japan
2009 Keynote Speaker: “Piaget and Spatial Relationship”. The 13th Jean Piaget Society. Kyoto, Japan
2009 Saito.N. 2009. “Autism and Imitation in Piagetian Theory” JPS 13th Periodical
2008 Saito.N. 2008. “What Is The Meaning of A Child’s Ability?” International Journal of Early Childhood Education Volume 13..
2007 Saito,N. 2007. ”Classroom Management and Morality for Early Childhood Education.” International Journal of Early Childhood Education Volume 12.
2006 Saito, N. 2006. ”Classroom Management and Morality for Early Childhood Education.” International Journal of Early Childhood Education Volume 11.
2005 Saito, N. 2005. "History of Early Childhood Education In Europe and United States.” International Journal of Early Childhood Education Volume 10.
2008 Keynote Speaker: “Classification and Early Childhood Education.” The 12th Jean Piaget Society. Kobe, Japan.
2007 Keynote Speaker: “Why does Piagetian theory still live?” The 11th Jean Piaget Society. Osaka, Japan
2007 Speaker. “What Is the meaning of a child’s ability?” The 28th Conference of International Early childhood Education, Kanagawa, Japan.
2006 Keynote Speaker. “Creativity and cognitive development in Early Childhood Education”. The 8th Jean Piaget Society, Osaka, Japan.

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EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND
TOMMY TROJAN
Ph.D. Curriculum and Instruction Emphasis/Early Childhood Education Minor/ Educational Psychology 1982
University of Southern California

Los Angeles, CA

M.S. Teacher Education 1979
University of Southern California

Los Angeles, CA

B.A. Psychology 1977
University of Southern California

Los Angeles, CA




Summer 2014
ULRN 462 Syllabus Thursday Section 1


Links:
Classification Tasks
Semi clinical observation practice sheet
Desired Results Developmental Profile - Revised and added comments by Dr. Noriko Saito



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