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ERIC Number: ED507892
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Nov
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 8
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Globalization and Educational Reform in Contemporary Japan
Qi, Jie; Zhang, Sheng Ping
Online Submission, Paper presented at the Meeting of the Asia-Pacific Educational Research Association (Singapore, Nov 26-28, 2008)
This study explores the notions of globalization as embodied in Japanese educational reforms. Modern institutional discourses of educational reform in Japan have shifted over time and all of these reform movements have been constructed by particular social and historical trajectories. Generally speaking, it has been taken for granted that the educational reform in Japan has been turning gradually toward globalization. However, this paper is trying to interrupt the notion that such globalization has constructed various notions of citizenship and nationalism. Firstly, we argue that the Japanese version of globalization is associated with Westernization, especially Americanization economically and philosophically. Secondly, nationalism is a counter-reaction to globalization. Making contribution to the world society actually is to have a political influence in the world and even to spread the Japanese culture to the rest of the world. Thirdly, although it is common that Japanese companies make inroads into foreign markets, and foreign companies make inroads into Japanese markets, nationalism has become more intense in Japan. This paper concludes by pointing out that the Japanese globalization is an organizational-institutional globalization.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Japan