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Kazuo Takahashi

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Department of Regional Development Studies
Institute of Regional Vitalization Studies
Course of Regional Development Studies
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Last Updated :2019/11/07

Research Activities

Research Areas

  • Sociology, Sociology
  • Architecture and building engineering, Town planning/Architectural planning
  • law, International law

Research Interests

    CODI

Research Grants & Projects

  • Research on the image use in sociology education and research (putting construction of visual sociology into a range), Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research(基盤研究(C)), Kazuo TAKAHASHI, This research is practical research which develops the effective sociology teaching methods by practical use of an image, and is the theoretical research which examined the validity and possibilities of image use in sociology research from the research process, and put construction of the theoretical system of "visual sociology" into the range. It is specifically finding out knowledge to practice of image practical use, and construction of theory by making Power Point for the material software of a faculty opening-a-course subject "Understanding of Asian societies". The use image was mainly taken in Southeast Asia. It had the history of our country and exchange and the Kingdom of Thailand in which many international organizations are establishing the local branches was chosen. There were population which it visits for the business from our country, sightseeing, etc., and judgment that and an understanding is easy to be obtained rather than other countries in Southeast Asia.Journal of Regional Development Studies, Toyo University and the joint seminar with AIT(Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand), the annual meeting of IVSA(International Visual Sociology Association), the book, etc. were able to announce the research result in Japanese and English. In this research period, it went centering on the still photos in image practical use. Although it was what the use on PowerPoint used as a platform is taken into consideration for, by future research, it is using various media and utilizing a video image. Research representative would like to acquire the further knowledge of image use and to deepen construction of visual sociology.
  • RESEARCH ON USING IMAGES IN SOCIOLOGY ; PARTICULARLY USING IMAGES FOR SOCIOLOGY EDUCATION, Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research(基盤研究(C)), Kazuo TAKAHASHI, The purpose of this research is to conduct practical research and theory-oriented research on using images for education. At the same time, the purpose of this is to promote the study, production, and use of visual images, data, and materials in teaching, and to foster the development and use of still photographs, video, and film in sociology.Conducting practical research was to produce multimedia materials, like a CD-ROM, for education at the university classrooms. Text on "Rice in Asia", and choosing photographs on the contexts were prepared at first. The contents were on the rice farmers in Japan, to compare the same as Asian rice farmers as in East and Southeast Asia countries. The photographs also were taken in the process of cultivating, planting, and harvesting. The authoring application software processed compiling the text and the photographs through PC. After that, the professional researchers who have been interested in use of visual images and multimedia itself evaluated the multimedia materials in this case. They made comments that the edit of the text and visual images should be done at the same time and collected photographs matched the lectures.Conducting theory-oriented research was to trace the research reports and the related papers on anthropology at first, and looked into the sociological research papers of Journal of International Visual Sociology Association in mainly and the international sociological issues. Although the origin phase of sociology was almost the same time as photograph invention, a few decades has passed not to conduct visual sociological research until 1960's. Today faced to multimedia era, theory expansion of visual sociology will be directed particularly to building theory itself, research methods, and educational usages.