Outline of the Project

Interdisciplinary Study of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Agriculture, and Mathematics) Education Curricula for the Gifted, Considering Gender and Regional Differences


 The objective of this study is to change the quality and system of science education in order to develop the capabilities of all children and allow them to bloom to their full potential. This study is aided by a Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (A) of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS).
 As part of a global trend in gifted education studies, Routledge has published a series of three books on science and technology education for the gifted, which marks a milestone toward rapid global expansion of relevant future studies (Taber & Sumida, 2016; Sumida & Taber 2017; Taber, Sumida, & McClure, 2017). Thus far, in Japan, gifted and talented education as a part of public education has been considered somewhat taboo. However, it is finally being recognized now. A special issue entitled ‘Science Education for the Gifted’ was published in June 2012 in the Japan Society for Science Education (JSSE) journal in order to get a head start on this trend. In addition to the relevant measures targeted at high school students, such as ‘Global Science Campus’, ‘Science Koshien (Tournament)’, and ‘Super Science High School’, the Japan Science and Technology Agency now offers ‘Science Koshien Jr’ and ‘Cultivation of Junior Doctors’ as projects targeted at junior high school and primary school students.
 In terms of gifted education in Japan, science education has led the way to a new era in the field and is forming a new research domain. As issues still remain toward building a national consensus on special science education and establishing a system for the gifted, it is imperative to work on theoretical collaboration and gather empirical data from a multilateral perspective. As a long-term objective, this study aims to establish a theoretical foundation for scientific talent and research methodology. This can be achieved by using an interdisciplinary organisation that specialises in areas such as, neuroscience, gifted education, science education, gender studies, curriculum development, natural sciences, agriculture, engineering, etc.
 Children introduced as case examples of being gifted in science education in Japan were often those who could expect to receive devoted support from their parents, and who were likely wealthy (i.e. children in urban areas near core universities). Therefore, this study will also look into discovering and developing the talent of children in local areas who are equally talented, as well as female pupils and other students who are likely to avoid science and technology.

Research Members

Dr. Atsushi Ohashi (Faculty of Education, Ehime University)
Dr. Hayashi Nakayama (Graduate School of Education, University of Miyazaki)
Dr. Hidenori Hayashi (Proteo-Science Center, Ehime University)
Dr. Kazuyoshi Chiba (Faculty of Core Research, Ochanomizu University)
Dr. Masao Watanabe (Graduate School of Life Sciences, Tohoku University)
Dr. Makoto Suzuki (Institute for Advancement of Higher Education, Hokkaido University)
Dr. Manabu Sumida (Faculty of Education, Ehime University) (The Project Head)
Dr. Marie Oshima (Interfaculty Initiative in Information Studies, Institute of Industrial Science, The University of Tokyo)
Dr. Miki Hirano (Graduate School of Science and Engineering, Ehime University)
Dr. Noriko Osumi (Graduate School of Medicine, Tohoku University)
Dr. Yuka Tsuchiya (Graduate School of Human and Environmental Studies, Kyoto University)
Dr. Yumi Inada (School of Childhood Sport Education, Nippon Sport Science University)


Sumida, M., & Taber, K. (Eds.) (2017). Policy and Practice in Science Education for the Gifted: Approaches from diverse national contexts. Routledge.
Taber, K., & Sumida, M. (Eds.) (2016). International Perspectives on Science Education for the Gifted: Key issues and challenges. Routledge.
Taber, K., Sumida, M., & McClure, L. (Eds.) (2017). Teaching Gifted Learners in STEM Subjects: Developing talent in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Routledge.


Head of the Project
Prof. Manabu Sumida
Faculty of Education,
Ehime University
3, Bunkyo-cho, Matsuyama City
790-8577, Japan