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ERIC Number: EJ819252
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-May
Pages: 4
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 12
ISSN: ISSN-1538-6619
Sunao (Cooperative) Children: How Japanese Teachers Nurture Autonomy
Izumi-Taylor, Satomi
Young Children, v63 n3 p76-79 May 2008
The author discusses the Japanese cultural concept of sunao (perhaps best translated as one's honest, gentle, cooperative nature) in relation to early childhood education in Japan. She explains the cultural belief that during early childhood, children need to learn to connect with one another and build a willingness and capacity to live harmoniously in a group. Through teacher interviews, she shows how Japanese adults promote sunao and how they consider sunao to be related to children's autonomy.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Japan