NotesFAQContact Us
Search Tips
Peer reviewed Peer reviewed
PDF on ERIC Download full text
ERIC Number: EJ877738
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 9
ISSN: ISSN-0013-1849
Lessons from China and Japan for Preschool Practice in the United States
Che, Yi; Hayashi, Akiko; Tobin, Joseph
Educational Perspectives, v40 n1 p7-12 2007
For the past six years the authors have been working together on a major study of early childhood education in China, Japan, and the United States. This study, "Continuity and Change in Preschools in Three Cultures," is a sequel to "Preschools in Three Cultures," a book by Joseph Tobin, David Wu, and Dana Davidson that was published in 1989. In the new study, as in the original one, the authors have found major differences in how these three countries approach the education and care of young children. In this paper, the authors present examples of preschool practices from China and Japan that they suggest can be used to improve early childhood education in the US. They call these examples lessons for the US, but they are not suggesting that American early childhood educators should copy these approaches. Instead, they are hoping that American teachers who have read this paper and had the opportunity to reflect on the logic of the Chinese and Japanese approaches will find that they have a new way of thinking about their practice.
College of Education, University of Hawaii at Manoa. Wist Annex 2 Room 131, 1776 University Avenue, Honolulu, HI 96822. Tel: 808-956-8002; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Preschool Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: China; Japan; United States