The following two points were summarized as results in the Second Term Results Report of the Transition Project from School to Work (commonly known as the 10-Year Transition Survey; Representative: Shinichi Mizokami).
- Half of second-year high school students become university students without significant changes in attributes or abilities.
- The home study, interpersonal relationships, communication, and career awareness of second-year high school students affect their learning in a variety of ways, including attributes and abilities during the first year of university
The point raised in 1. above is in accordance with the results of analysis in our survey; namely, increase in academic age from third year of high school to university student does not lead to smooth improvement of competencies.
Furthermore, this survey indicates the necessity of forming the habit of home study (the attitude of autonomous learning) based on personal career awareness; i.e., an outlook for the future. This habit must be formed by the second year of high school at the latest (called the “third-year high school gap”). It goes without saying that it is necessary to possess the ability to construct interpersonal relationships and engage in communication with other people possessing a variety of values. This matches the following general competency issues for high school students which were identified during the comparison of three schools in Chufu-compass.
- Possessing an outlook based on awareness of personal involvement (attitude of autonomous learning)
- Producing output based on awareness of other people (interpersonal relationships and communication)
When reflecting on our activities based on the 10-Year Transition Survey, if second-year of high school can serve as a rough guide, the Comprehensive Liberal Arts course offered at our school is positioned at the final stage of competency formation during childhood.