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Ahn, Ruth; Shimojima, Yasuko; Mori, Hisayoshi; Asanuma, Shigeru – Phi Delta Kappan, 2019
The high performance of Japanese students, as demonstrated on international tests, is well-known, but the professional learning of Japanese teachers has received less attention. Ruth Ahn, Yasuko Shimojima, Hisayoshi Mori, and Shigeru Asanuma describe the professional development requirements for teachers across their careers. Novice teachers are…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Educational Innovation, Faculty Development, Teacher Collaboration
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Ninomiya, Shuichi – Assessment in Education: Principles, Policy & Practice, 2019
PISA presents a new image for academic achievement, which has prompted Japanese education reforms over the past decade to innovate teaching and learning for 'PISA-style literacy'. Supported by theoretical foundations, particularly with regard to the concept of 'PISA literacy' and 'authentic assessment', these reforms have accomplished progress in…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Achievement Tests, International Assessment, Secondary School Students
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Fujiwara, Yujiro; Hite, Rebecca; Wygant, Heather; Paulsen, Susan – Childhood Education, 2019
Innovative education approaches include citizen science projects that allow students to participate in locally relevant scientific work, connecting content to the real world. Global collaboration provides students with a broader perspective on local issues, allowing students to become more globally aware.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Global Approach, International Cooperation, Science Education
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Im, Gwan-Hyeok; Cheng, Liying – Language Testing, 2019
The primary purpose of the Test of English for International Communication (TOEIC®) is to measure the everyday English skills of individuals, who speak a first language other than English, working in an international environment (ETS, 2015a, 2016a; Powers & Powers, 2015). The TOEIC also has six secondary purposes: (1) to verify the current…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Language Tests, Second Language Learning, Language Proficiency
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Knight, Tim – Research-publishing.net, 2018
This paper explains how the mobile app and computer software Moxtra has augmented presentation and oral communication classes at the university level. Even the free version of Moxtra allows students to compile a digital portfolio of presentation and storytelling work, involving voice and visuals, to which both the teacher and fellow students have…
Descriptors: Story Telling, Computer Software, Multimedia Instruction, Teaching Methods
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Miyazawa, Kaoru – AERA Online Paper Repository, 2018
Based on her fieldwork in post-disaster Fukushima, her hometown, the author reflects on how she negotiated insider and outsider identity as she navigated through multiple contested discourses and emotional spaces. In writing this reflective essay, she referred to the field notes she kept during her seven-month stay in Fukushima. The author…
Descriptors: Natural Disasters, Foreign Countries, Trauma, Ethics
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Isozaki, Tetsuo – Asia-Pacific Science Education, 2018
The purpose of this paper is to describe the historical development of science teacher education in pre-service and in-service education in Japan with a focus on the systemic changes and teachers' professional learning culture. The characteristics of science teacher education generally are elucidated through an analysis of the system and…
Descriptors: Science Teachers, Secondary School Teachers, Science Instruction, Preservice Teacher Education
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Gobel, Peter; Kano, Makimi – International Association for Development of the Information Society, 2018
PeerEval is a mobile app created for evaluating student presentations. This paper covers the rationale for creating such an app, the features of the app, and the benefits for both teachers and students. The details and initial findings of ongoing research into the efficacy of PeerEval will be briefly discussed. [For the complete proceedings, see…
Descriptors: Peer Evaluation, Telecommunications, Handheld Devices, Computer Oriented Programs
OECD Publishing, 2018
Japan's education system is one of the top performers compared to other OECD countries. International assessments have not only demonstrated students' and adults' high level of achievement, but also the fact that socio-economic status has little bearing on academic results. In a nutshell, Japan combines excellence with equity. This high…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Educational Policy, Educational Quality, Educational Change
Avvisati, Francesco – OECD Publishing, 2018
Teachers are the most important school resource. In every country, teachers' salaries and training represent the greatest share of expenditure on education; and this investment in teachers can have significant returns. Research shows that being taught by the best teachers can make a real difference in the learning and life outcomes of otherwise…
Descriptors: Experienced Teachers, Teacher Effectiveness, Foreign Countries, Achievement Tests
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Ho, Felix M. – Cultural Studies of Science Education, 2018
This Forum article addresses some of the issues raised in the article by Ying-Syuan Huang and Anila Asghar's paper entitled: "Science education reform in Confucian learning cultures: teachers' perspectives on policy and practice in Taiwan." An attempt is made to highlight the need for a more nuanced approach in considering the Confucian…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Educational Change, Confucianism, Asian Culture
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Thibeault, Matthew D. – Journal of Research in Music Education, 2018
This article presents a history of mediated pedagogy in the Suzuki Method, the first widespread approach to learning an instrument in which sound recordings were central. Media are conceptualized as socially constituted: philosophical ideas, pedagogic practices, and cultural values that together form a contingent and changing technological…
Descriptors: Music, Music Education, Teaching Methods, Educational Philosophy
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Nishiyama, Kei – International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 2018
Involvement of children in research processes requires various ethical considerations. In particular, while interviewing children, a researcher needs to take into consideration the power imbalance between a researcher and children as well as among children. This article suggests a possible way of mitigating potential risks, drawing on the idea and…
Descriptors: Research Methodology, Participation, Children, Communities of Practice
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Kimura, Julia – PASAA: Journal of Language Teaching and Learning in Thailand, 2018
If you are reading this, as a child, you probably went to school to learn. However, as we enter adulthood, we do a great deal of learning informally after we have completed compulsory and formal schooling. Although early theories of learning fell under the quantitative paradigm, new qualitative and social theories of learning have now been…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Learning Theories, Second Language Learning, Social Theories
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Goodman, Roger; Oka, Chinami – Oxford Review of Education, 2018
This paper explores the development of the "hensachi" system in Japanese education from the 1960s when it first appeared as a "de facto" measure for scholastic achievement. Unlike absolute scoring systems (such as A-level grades) "hensachi" gave an indication of the probability of getting a place on a particular…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Scores, Achievement Rating, Educational History
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