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Education in Contemporary Japan By Kaori Okano (La Trobe University, Victoria)

Education in Contemporary Japan
by Kaori Okano (La Trobe University, Victoria)

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This book looks at the system and practice of schooling in Japan and considers the relationship between education and society at large. It is unique in presenting a Japanese 'insider' perspective to an Anglophone audience, highlighting some of the negative aspects of the Japanese education system.
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Education in Contemporary Japan: Inequality and Diversity by Kaori Okano (La Trobe University, Victoria)

A balanced introduction to and examination of contemporary Japanese education. While the postwar system of schooling has provided valuable ingredients for economic success, it has been accompanied by unfavourable developments such as excessively competitive exams, stifling uniformity, bullying, and an undervaluing of non-Japanese ethnicity. This book offers up-to-date information and new perspectives on schooling in contemporary Japanese society, and uses detailed ethnographic studies and interviews with students and teachers. It examines the main developments of modern schooling in Japan, from the beginning of the Meiji era up to the present, and includes analysis of the most recent reforms. It develops a new picture of the role that schooling plays for individuals and the wider society. Essential reading for students and educators alike.

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Education in Contemporary Japan Reviews

'... a re-examination of Japan's education system is timely, and Ikano and Tsuchiya's book makes a valuable contribution to our understanding of this complex topic ... One of the great strengths of this book is that it examines closely the ways in which various protagonists in the education process interact ...'. JRAI
"This is the most informative book on Japanese education of the 1990s. The authors rely on a historical and qulitative approach to provide a welath of information about the functioning of contemporary Japanese education, with a special focus on the themes of inequality and diversity. This style of presentation should make the book attractive to a wide range of readers including undergraduates in anthropology, sociology, teacher education, and related courses...this is most comprehensive discussion of Japanese education to appear for some time. It is a good read and deserves the attention of a wide circle of readers." Journal of Japanese Studies

Table of Contents

Introduction; 1. Analytical frameworks: schooling and the society; 2. Development of modern schooling; 3. Students' experiences of schooling I: social groups; 4. Students' experiences of schooling II: minorities; 5. Teachers' experiences of schooling; 6. Problems and reforms in the 1980s and 1990s; Conclusion.

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Education in Contemporary Japan: Inequality and Diversity by Kaori Okano (La Trobe University, Victoria)
Kaori Okano (La Trobe University, Victoria)
Contemporary Japanese Society
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Cambridge University Press
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