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ERIC Number: EJ901652
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 30
ISSN: ISSN-1745-4999
The Japanese Preschool System in Transition
Imoto, Yuki
Research in Comparative and International Education, v2 n2 p88?101 2007
This article is an anthropological analysis of the recent policy reforms of the Japanese preschool system. It takes the introduction of the "nintei-kodomoen" ("accredited children's centre") as a point of entry to discuss the historical, social and political debates concerning early childhood education and care. The "dual system" which characterized the post-war Japanese preschool system is undergoing change. The falling birth rate and the increasing number of women choosing to continue their careers after childbirth are bringing changes to the values of motherhood and childhood. The reforms taking place in the preschool system--which are accelerated by the political process of liberalization--both reflect and affect these changes. (Contains 1 table, 3 online resources and 9 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Japan