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ERIC Number: EJ1091885
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Mar
Pages: 5
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0031-7217
Japan's Teachers Earn Tenure on Day One
Ahn, Ruth; Asanuma, Shigeru; Mori, Hisayoshi
Phi Delta Kappan, v97 n6 p27-31 Mar 2016
Teachers in Japan earn tenure on their first day of employment--not after two years of experience based on evaluations of teaching performance or student test scores. This is almost too good to be true. If tenure is so easy to attain, how do the Japanese make sure their teachers, especially novice teachers hired with little teaching experience, provide effective instruction? How do they embed accountability among teachers? An equally amazing fact about Japan is the high retention rate of beginning teachers. In 2006, merely 1.35% of 1st-year teachers in Japan left the profession, compared to the U.S. where almost half leave teaching sometime during the first five years. Why is there such a difference? Is teaching any easier in Japan than in the U.S.?
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Japan
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