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ERIC Number: EJ842881
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Dec
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1881-4832
From "Postwar Pedagogy" to "Post-Cold War Pedagogy": An Overview of the History of Educational Theory in Japan 1945-2007
Imai, Yasuo
Educational Studies in Japan: International Yearbook, n2 p57-73 Dec 2007
This paper examines the development of educational theory in Japan from 1945 to the present in five time divisions: (1) postwar "new education" and its critics (1945-52); (2) revisionist educational policy versus the people's education movement (1952-61); (3) the formation of "postwar pedagogy" as a self-reflection of the educational system (1961-79); (4) the exposure of the structural limitations of postwar pedagogy (1979-92); and (5) "post-Cold War pedagogy" (1992-). The aims of the paper are: (1) to redefine "postwar pedagogy" as a concept with substantive rather than simply temporal boundaries; and (2) to situate contemporary educational theory in historical perspective by describing "post-Cold War pedagogy." An analysis of "postwar pedagogy" and "post-Cold War pedagogy" reveals that educational theory has continually played the role of self-reflection upon the educational system. In this sense, while educational theory is dependent upon on the educational system, it has also, through refection, participated in the shaping of the system. (Contains 1 note.)
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Japan