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ERIC Number: EJ711919
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Apr-1
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ISSN: ISSN-0031-7217
A Special Section on International Education--Education in Japan: Competing Visions for the Future
Bjork, Christopher; Tsuneyoshi, Ryoko
Phi Delta Kappan, v86 n8 p619 Apr 2005
During the last two decades of the 20th century, Japanese students' exemplary performance on international achievement tests, coupled with the nation's dramatic economic growth, made the Japanese education system a focus of attention from outside observers. Educators, scholars, and journalists all scrutinized the Japanese schools in an attempt to ascertain the secret to their success. Although research published during that period was commonly framed as a comparison--exploring the relative strengths and weaknesses of the Japanese system and those of other countries--the conclusions generally highlighted the commendable aspects of the Japanese model. Reports published on the Japanese system in the West often drew attention to the students' strong foundation in math and science, the society's commitment to academic excellence, the collegiality among students as well as instructors, and a teaching culture that seriously focused on the craft of designing and implementing lessons. Although much of the world regards the Japanese education system as exemplary, in Japan itself there was growing dissatisfaction with the system in the 1980s and 1990s. As a result, the education ministry introduced a series of reforms that are currently in effect. Now, as the authors report in this article, Japanese stakeholders are debating the merits of those reforms. (contains 23 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Japan