A student’s day:Case of Ms.G(Chinese student)

On weekdays, I usually have one or two classes a day. After class, I read a lot to prepare my class presentations. Sometimes, I visit elementary, middle and high schools affiliated with Hiroshima University to observe the social studies related subjects delivered there. I also do work that is related to academic conferences or my work as a TA (teaching assistant). When I have free time, I go around Saijo(the city where Hiroshima University located in) to find delicious food or enjoy sports with my friends. I am busy but it is worth it. Below, I will tell you about my daily life as a graduate student in detail.

Education and Research in the classroom


There are two kinds of classes for graduate students. The first are lectures that every graduate student takes. For these, I analyze and criticize papers or some parts of books on Social Studies related topics, and then give presentations and lead discussion. The other classes are seminars. During these, I get advice to conduct my research and write my dissertation.

Group work and independent work

Besides attending classes, as explained above, group-work project learning is an essential part of my courses. In this activity, group members help each other search for and analyze data and exchange opinions based on the analysis. Finally, they we develop lesson plans or teaching resources on this basis. Besides group-work, in order to pursue my research I have to do plenty of other work such as reading relevant materials and doing investigations that are related to my research.

Education and Research outside the classroom

Class observation

Campus is not the only place for us to learn. We can also gain knowledge from class observation at elementary, middle, or high schools in Hiroshima. After the observation, we get together with class teachers and exchange opinions. By doing this we can come to understand what a real lesson is.

Lectures delivered by foreign researchers

In order to expand our views, many researchers are invited to Hiroshima University. By attending lectures and colloquia, we can find better ways to understand international research in social studies.

Academic conferences

Most graduate students need to give presentations to JERASS, the Chugoku-Shikoku Society for the Study of Education and so on, but it would be challenging yet worthy also to attend an academic conference abroad such as the NCSS (National Council for the Social Studies) conference.

Teaching,Working and Entertainment

Serving as a TA (teaching assistant)

Before undergraduate classes, TAs prepare teaching materials and make reports on assignments for those students. Then, during class, TAs guide student activities and support group discussion as facilitators. Finally, after class, TAs mark worksheets submitted by students and give feedback.

Work in the academic association

Every student in SSEHU is a member of JERASS and is expected to engage in the support work to manage the association. This includes editing and proofreading papers in journals, as well as preparing an annual conference, special seminar s, and some research projects.


It’s good to do some sports with my friends when we have free time. Your body needs proper exercise just like your brain does, and doing sports during free time is a good way to relax. Also, we have a softball competition twice a year that all the teachers and students participate in. That is one of the biggest events of the year.

Small talk

Between classes we sometimes sit around talking about interesting things and having delicious snacks. When our stomach starts to scream for food, we can go to the cafeteria nearby. But sometimes it is also fun to go outside and find a nice restaurant.



Hiroshima University
Graduate School of Education
Department of Social Studies Education
1-1-1 Kagamiyama
Higashi-Hiroshima City
JAPAN 739-8524