2009 年 19 巻 1 号 p. 1_17-28
Sound education was developed by RM Schafer based on “soundscape”, a concept aimed at the reinforcement of hearing. The implementation of sound education in Japan is quantitatively small. This study examines the significance of sound education on environmental education through a qualitative analysis of its implementation in an elementary school. The children were given three activities; a sound search, a sound chasing game, and a sound search on the elementary school field. As a result, two goals were achieved, the cultivation of aural sensitivity and improved environmental awareness. Regarding the aims of changing behavior and life styles, the study showed that there is a need to consider &ldquoempowerment” while moving forward with the program. The significance of sound education within environmental education points to a relationship between goals and the versatility of location for sound education activities. The study pointed out that developing the program toward understanding one’s environment through the senses of the whole body remains an issue. There is a need to develop a curriculum that includes activities utilizing all five senses.