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Inoue, Tomohiro; Georgiou, George K.; Muroya, Naoko; Maekawa, Hisao; Parrila, Rauno – Reading and Writing: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 2017
We examined the role of different cognitive skills in word reading (accuracy and fluency) and spelling accuracy in syllabic Hiragana and morphographic Kanji. Japanese Hiragana and Kanji are strikingly contrastive orthographies: Hiragana has consistent character-sound correspondences with a limited symbol set, whereas Kanji has inconsistent…
Descriptors: Japanese, Orthographic Symbols, Language Acquisition, Predictor Variables
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Spence, Lucy; Tanaka, Toshiya – Childhood Education, 2016
As young children enter formal schooling, they are at various points along their individual developmental paths toward literacy. Generally, their egocentric speech is becoming more social and they are building their capacity for logical thought and concrete problem-solving. This is a gradual development and teachers can support children's literacy…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Elementary School Students, Grade 1, Child Development
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Hayashi, Hajimu; Shiomi, Yuki – International Journal of Behavioral Development, 2015
This study examined whether children understand that people selectively conceal or express emotion depending upon the context. We prepared two contexts for a verbal display task for 70 first-graders, 80 third-graders, 64 fifth-graders, and 71 adults. In both contexts, protagonists had negative feelings because of the behavior of the other…
Descriptors: Psychological Patterns, Grade 1, Grade 3, Grade 5
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Anzai, Shinobu – Educational Review, 2015
In 1947 the Fundamental Law of Education (FLE) defined the pacifist principles for post-war Japanese education and was revised in 2006 for the first time in nearly 60¬†years. The revised FLE stipulates the importance of teaching love for country and region and Japanese culture and traditions with special emphasis on moral education. Today, this…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Patriotism, Elementary Education, Moral Values
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Fletcher-Flinn, Claire M.; Thompson, G. Brian; Yamada, Megumi; Naka, Makiko – Reading and Writing: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 2014
In research on the acquisition of reading, there have been cross-orthographic comparisons made between some alphabetic scripts and a few syllabic scripts. In the present study of Japanese Grade 1 children learning to read hiragana, a syllabic script, there was a comparison of assessments of oral word reading accuracy levels recorded by scorers…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Grade 1, Elementary School Students, Beginning Reading
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Holmqvist Olander, Mona; Nyberg, Eva – Journal of Research in Childhood Education, 2014
This study aims to describe how the learning study model can be used to improve lesson design and children's learning outcomes by enabling them to perceive and define the critical aspects of the object of learning, guided by variation theory. Three lesson designs were used with three groups of children (A = 24, B = 13, C = 14) from two schools.…
Descriptors: Curriculum Design, Elementary School Mathematics, Teaching Methods, Mathematics Instruction
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Nakano, Takahiro; Kasuga, Kosho; Murase, Tomohiko; Suzuki, Kazuhiro – Journal of School Health, 2013
Background: Unhealthy lifestyles during childhood constitute a public health problem in Japan. However, current health education in Japan is ineffective in counteracting them. Previous studies contend that healthy lifestyles in children vary by academic grade and sex. This study examined changes throughout childhood suggests some intervention…
Descriptors: Rural Areas, Foreign Countries, Life Style, Child Health
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Baba, Chiharu; Tanaka-Matsumi, Junko – Journal of Positive Behavior Interventions, 2011
Nondisruptive problem behaviors exist to a large extent in group-oriented Japanese regular classrooms. However, many children remain untreated. We implemented an antecedent-based functional behavioral assessment (FBA) and developed a behavioral support program for a first-grade boy who exhibited inattentive behavior in a Japanese regular…
Descriptors: Change Agents, Functional Behavioral Assessment, Behavior Problems, Foreign Countries
Chen, Jung-chih; Chen, Chia-huang – Online Submission, 2011
In the study reported here, the authors examined the LEs (learning expectations) related to Grades 1 to 8 number and quantity in mathematics across several US states and high performing TIMSS (Third International Mathematics and Science Study) Asian countries, including Singapore, Taiwan and Japan. The general strategy used is based on the topic…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Expectation, Mathematics Education, Course Content
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Wright, Ron – Science and Children, 2011
Where the author teaches is far from the ocean, bordered on one side by forests of ponderosa and by the High Desert on the other. So when his first graders walked into class on the Monday morning after the 2011 earthquake and subsequent tsunami along the coast of Japan--and their usual light conversations about the weekend included some sobering…
Descriptors: Current Events, Foreign Countries, Grade 1, Inquiry
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Kinda, Shigehiro – Educational Psychology, 2010
The present study used a new assessment technique, the story-generation task, to examine students' understanding of subtraction scenes. The students from four grade levels (110 first-, 107 third-, 110 fourth- and 119 sixth-graders) generated stories under the constraints provided by a picture (representing Change, Combine or Compare scene) and a…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Grade 1, Grade 3, Grade 4
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Sprietsma, Maresa – Education Economics, 2010
In this paper, we estimate the effect of pupil's relative age within the first grade of primary school on mathematics and reading test scores at age 15. The main objective is to evaluate the long-term causal effect of relative age in the first grades of primary school on pupil's test in 16 different countries. We use the national rule for…
Descriptors: Grade 1, School Entrance Age, Age Differences, Grade Repetition
Chen, Jung-chih; Cai, Wang-ting – Online Submission, 2009
This study analyzes the learning expectations related to grades 1-8 algebra across several U.S. states and high performing TIMSS Asian countries and regions, including Singapore, Taiwan and Japan. In order to narrow and focus the investigation, only one topic within the strand is carefully reported. Based on the official curriculum documents,…
Descriptors: Student Placement, Foreign Countries, Grade 1, Algebra
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Haxhi, Jessica; Yamashita-Iverson, Kazumi – Learning Languages, 2009
Maloney Interdistrict Magnet School (MIMS) is the only elementary school in Waterbury that has a world language program and is one of only two elementary Japanese programs in Connecticut. In the past 15 years, more than 1500 students have participated in its Japanese Language and Culture (JLC) Program in grades Prekindergarten through 5th. The JLC…
Descriptors: Magnet Schools, Grades (Scholastic), Japanese, Block Grants
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Purcell, John – SchoolArts: The Art Education Magazine for Teachers, 2009
Over the last year, the author's students have become very interested in popular culture from Korea and Japan. In particular, the class liked the films of Hayao Miyazaki, an Oscar-winning director who is considered one of the foremost anime filmmakers. In this article, the author came to an idea while he and the first-grade class were discussing…
Descriptors: Popular Culture, Asian Culture, Sculpture, Studio Art