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ERIC Number: EJ1158209
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-2158-9232
Is Social Justice Found in Japanese Education? The Yutori Curriculum and After
Hosokawa, Mitsue
eJEP: eJournal of Education Policy, spec iss 2016
The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) has implemented various curriculums, so-called the Course of Study, over the past few decades. The Yutori curriculum, which was introduced in the 1990's, aimed to improve flexible thinking by reducing the amount of study materials. After finding lowered scores on the PISA 2003 and 2006 (Nakayasu, 2016), the Yutori curriculum was criticized as a failure. Although the MEXT has implemented a new Course of Study to improve the learning ability of the next generation, the Yutori graduates are still left behind in the Japanese society and they are labeled as "failures." Japan needs to shift its values and philosophy at the fundamental level rather than being ignorant to the fact of lacking social justice. Recommendations for the Japanese educational system are noted.
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Japan
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