The History of Modern Japanese Education: Constructing the National School System, 1872-1890

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"The History of Modern Japanese Education is the first comprehensive account in English of the construction of a national school system in Japan, as outlined in the 1872 document, the Gakusei. Covering the entire spectrum of developments between 1872 and 1890, this work traces outstanding contributions to Japan's national school system made by individuals from Japan, America, and Europe." Unique in its analysis of the transition from feudalism to modernism, as well as its examination of the initial leadership of modern Japan by samurai educated
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The History of Modern Japanese Education: Constructing the National School System, 1872-1890

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Overview

"The History of Modern Japanese Education is the first comprehensive account in English of the construction of a national school system in Japan, as outlined in the 1872 document, the Gakusei. Covering the entire spectrum of developments between 1872 and 1890, this work traces outstanding contributions to Japan's national school system made by individuals from Japan, America, and Europe." Unique in its analysis of the transition from feudalism to modernism, as well as its examination of the initial leadership of modern Japan by samurai educated during the feudal era, The History of Modern Japanese Education is divided into three parts tracing decades of change.
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"Duke tackles the thorniest issue in the making of modern Japan and...has written what has to be regarded as the definitive work on the book's topic. Essential."
Public Affairs

"Benjamin Duke has written a wonderfully detailed, well-structured and, above all, entertaining account of one of the most important periods in the development of Japanese Education."
Choice

"Duke tackles the thorniest issue in the making of modern Japan and...has written what has to be regarded as the definitive work on the book's topic. Essential."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813544038
  • Publisher: Rutgers University Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/2009
  • Pages: 434
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 1.20 (d)

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BENJAMIN DUKE is a professor emeritus of comparative and international education at the International Christian University in Tokyo. He is the author of several books on education in Japan.
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Table of Contents

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Introduction The Aims of Education for Modern Japan 1

Pt. 1 The Feudal Foundation of Modern Japanese Education

1 Education of the Samurai in Tokugawa Schools: Nisshinkan 11

2 Education of the Samurai in the West: London University and Rutgers College, 1863-1868 28

3 The Meiji Restoration: Reemergence of Tokugawa Schools, 1868-1871 47

Pt. II The First Decade of Modern Education, 1870s: The American Model

4 The Gakusei: The First National Plan for Education, 1872 61

5 The Iwakura Mission: A Survey of Western Education, 1872-1873 77

6 The Modern Education of Japanese Girls: Georgetown, Bryn Mawr, Vassar, 1872 97

7 The Modern Japanese Teacher: The San Francisco Method, 1872-1873 112

8 Implementing the First National Plan for Education: The American Model, Phase I, 1873-1876 130

9 Rural Resistance to Modern Education: The Japanese Peasant, 1873-1876 160

10 The Imperial University of Engineering: The Scottish Model, 1873-1882 172

11 Pestalozzi to Japan: Switzerland to New York to Tokyo, 1875-1878 182

12 Scientific Agriculture and Puritan Christianity on the Japanese Frontier: The Massachusetts Model, 1876-1877 198

13 The Philadelphia Centennial: The American Model Revisited, 1876 219

14 The Second National Plan for Education: The American Model, Phase II, 1877-1879 230

Pt. III The Second Decade of Modern Education, 1880s: Reaction against the Western Model

15 "The Imperial Will on Education": Moral versus Science Education, 1879-1880 257

16 The Third National Plan for Education: The Reverse Course, 1880-1885 284

17 Education for the State:The German Model, 1886-1889 314

18 The Imperial Rescript on Education: Western Science and Eastern Morality for the Twentieth Century, 1890 348

Notes 371

Index 407

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