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ERIC Number: ED310515
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1986-Dec
Pages: 43
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Tracking System and the Informal Education in Japan.
Tsukada, Mamoru
The tracking system is a core aspect of the educational stratification in schooling. This document examined the applicability of the tracking system concept by utilizing an indepth case study of an informal educational institution, the yobiko, in Japan where high schools employ an institutionalized tracking system. Data collection methods included participant observations, unstructured interviews, self-administered questionnaires, and composition writings. Seventy-two students were interviewed. Findings indicate that there is a correspondence between the tracking system of high schools and the tracking system in the yobiko, and it is explained in terms of different "ideal-types" of high schools. The tracking system in the yobiko tends to affect students' perspective on their life and college education. Self-evaluation is affected by the tracking system of both high schools and the yobiko. The findings in this study offer some ambivalent evidence to the controversy between revisionist and meritocratic views of tracking: the study, however, did not utilize the very important variable of family background. (32 references) (SI)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Japan