Windows on Japanese Education

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The fact that Japanese students consistently outperform other nationalities on international tests of educational achievement has made the Japanese educational system a leading topic for media attention and evaluative study. This volume is a collection of essays by Japanese and American scholars in the field of Japanese education that presents a current systematic overview of this system, its strengths, and its weaknesses.

Topics ranging from the history of Japanese education ...

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Overview

The fact that Japanese students consistently outperform other nationalities on international tests of educational achievement has made the Japanese educational system a leading topic for media attention and evaluative study. This volume is a collection of essays by Japanese and American scholars in the field of Japanese education that presents a current systematic overview of this system, its strengths, and its weaknesses.

Topics ranging from the history of Japanese education and its recent reform campaign to the methods used to teach preschoolers and elementary students, women, teachers, and engineers are the primary focus of this study. Each contributor writes both within his or her own specialty and with a view to those political, social, and economic factors that affect the Japanese educational climate. A look to the future of Japanese higher education, as well as guidelines that can benefit educational systems in other countries, conclude the work.

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EDWARD R. BEAUCHAMP is Professor of Historical and Comparative Studies in Education at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

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Table of Contents

Introduction

The Historical Context of Japanese Education to 1945 by Mark Lincicome

The Development of Japanese Educational Policy, 1945-1985 by Edward R. Beauchamp

Education Reform in Japan: Goals and Results of the Recent Reform Campaign by Leonard Schoppa

Financing Japanese Education by Ichikawa Shogo

The Japanese Preschool System by Sarane Spence Boocock

Task Persistence in Japanese Elementary Schools by Priscilla N. Blinco

Teaching of Mathematics in Japanese Schools by Nancy C. Whitman

Japan's Science and Engineering Pipeline: Structure, Policies, and Trends by William K. Cummings

The Contribution of Education to Japan's Economic Growth by Robert Evans, Jr.

The Education of Women in Japan by Kumiko Fujimura-Fansrlow and Anne E. Imamura

Teacher Education in Japan by Shimahara Nobuo

The Role of Education in Preserving the Ethnic Identity of Korean Residents in Japan by Umakoshi Toru

"Examination Hell" by Peter Frost

The Future of Japanese Higher Education by Kitamura Kazuyuki

Postscript: What Can We Learn from Japan? by Edward R. Beauchamp

Index

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