ERIC Number: EJ886913
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Dec
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 26
Governmental Reform and Education for the Gifted in Japan: A Current Analysis
Bugaj, Stephen J.
Gifted and Talented International, v24 n2 p131-138 Dec 2009
Though targeted for governmental reform since 2002, services envisioned for gifted and talented students have not materialized in Japan. From the perspective of his personal experience as a Japan Fulbright Memorial Fund participant in 2005 and an extensive review of available literature and contacts with the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT), the author examines reasons for this lack of progress. Resistance may be attributable to cultural factors and other pragmatic issues, such as competition to gain entrance in the most prestigious Universities. However, losses of confidence in Japanese public schools and limited progress with reform efforts in general have also contributed to the current situation. The author suggests adoption of the Schoolwide Enrichment Model (SEM) might counter many objections to providing services to a specific group of students, as well as improving the quality of Japanese education in general.
Descriptors: Gifted, Talent, Foreign Countries, Cultural Influences, Educational Change, Competition, Selective Admission, College Admission, Models, Educational Quality, Educational Improvement, Creativity, College Entrance Examinations, Teacher Exchange Programs, Teacher Attitudes, Individualized Instruction
World Council for Gifted and Talented Children. The University of Winnipeg, 515 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba R3B 2E9, Canada. Tel: 204-789-1421; Fax: 204-783-1188; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Web site: https://world-gifted.org
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Higher Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Japan