A guide to finding textbooks, instruction manuals for teachers, and government course guidelines.
The School Library of the School of Education and the School of Education’s Student Reading Room both hold approved textbooks. These textbooks can be located with WINE. These materials can only be used in the libraries and cannot be checked out.
○Collection at the School Library of the School of Education
・Elementary school textbooks
Current textbooks only for Japanese, social studies, arithmetic, science, life sciences, music, art, home studies, and physical education
・Junior high school textbooks
Textbooks from post-WWII to today for Japanese, social studies, mathematics, science, English, health and physical education; current textbooks only for
・High school textbooks
Textbooks from post-WWII to today for Japanese, social studies, mathematics, science, health and physical education, English, commerce,
from 1962 to today for calligraphy,
from 1994 to today for nursing,
from 1997 to today for home studies,
○Collection at the School of Education’s Student Reading Room
The School of Education’s Student Reading Room also has current textbooks for elementary schools, junior high schools, and high schools.
One quick way to find approved textbooks on WINE is to do a keyword search using the subject name and the word “検定済(approved)”(Example 1). If there are too many hits, you can narrow down the results by adding the year of approval (Example 2).
Example 1: “世界史(world history)” and “検定済(approved)”
To find approved textbooks using textbook numbers, select Search by OTHER INDEXES and Other Numbers on WINE. Enter the textbook number as “KYO textbook number” following the instructions on the screen.
Example 1: KYO 国II001 (symbols like hyphens and slashes are generally omitted)
Example 2: KYO 高社10-1010 (hyphens are only entered to separate numbers)
The following databases are useful for finding textbooks.
■Catalog of Textbooks Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (public Web site) (in Japanese only)
A catalog of textbooks currently in use.
■Japan Textbook Research Center’s Textbook Library Database (public Web site)
■Tokyo Gakugei University Library’s Mochizuki Bunko Database (public Web site) (in Japanese only)
The collection is about teachers’ education. The earliest textbooks known in Japan (ouraimono), textbook for elementary education, textbooks for primary education on Colony, Western countries published after the beginning of Meiji era, are available on database as visualized forms.
■Tosho Bunko (public Web site) (in Japanese only)
Hold systematic collection of textbooks published from the end of Edo era until the latest edition.
■Hiroshima University Library Textbook Collection (public Web site)The collection contains images from about 5,600 textbooks from the earliest textbooks known in Japan (ouraimono) to 1951.
The School Library of the School of Education has two or three instruction manuals for teachers at the elementary school, junior high school, and high school levels for each subject mentioned above. These instruction manuals can be located with WINE. These materials can only be used in the libraries and cannot be checked out.
The Courses of Study are published on the following sites.
■Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (public Web site)
■National Information Center for Educational Resources (public Web site) (in Japanese only)
Provides past Courses of Study.