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ERIC Number: EJ1019609
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Sep
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0162-3532
Emerging Trends in Japan in Education of the Gifted: A Focus on Science Education
Sumida, Manabu
Journal for the Education of the Gifted, v36 n3 p277-289 Sep 2013
Japan has no formal educational system for gifted children. However, in 2005, Japan's Cabinet approved and established the third Science and Technology Basic Plan (2006-10), which includes "nurturing the individuality and ability of gifted ("sainou" in Japanese) children." Enforcement of this plan is exemplified in programs such as "Super Science High Schools," "Next-Generation Scientists Programs," "Science Camps," and "Japan Science Tournaments." The number of Japanese participants in the Science Olympiad has increased threefold within 5 years. The characteristics of gifted (sainou) education in Japan are domain-specific, however, and emphasis is placed on science and technology and research and development rather than on education. On the other hand, Japanese people put great faith in the thought that giftedness can be taught. This paper describes trends in educational policy on the gifted in Japan, and the characteristic of Japanese education for the gifted is discussed from both historical and cultural viewpoints.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Japan
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Program for International Student Assessment
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