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Kinney, Carol J. – American Educator, 1998
Explains the reasons why Japanese teachers seem to attain such high levels of performance as evidenced by the achievement of Japanese students in comparative international studies. Evidence is presented from background papers and case-site studies from the Third International Mathematics and Science Study. It reveals Japan's highly competitive…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Educational Research, Elementary School Teachers, Elementary Secondary Education
Lewis, Catherine C.; Tsuchida, Ineko – American Educator, 1998
Describes the Japanese approach to educational improvement called "research lessons," actual classroom lessons taught to a teacher's own students but observed by other teachers, recorded, and discussed. Outlines the impact of research lessons as examples of good educational practice that can be disseminated throughout Japan. (SLD)
Descriptors: Classroom Research, Educational Improvement, Educational Practices, Educational Research
Gill, Alice; McPike, Liz – American Educator, 1995
Provides excerpts from a typical third-grade Japanese teachers' manual in order to shed light on why students in the Japanese educational system outperform their American counterparts in math. Excerpts address developing the course foundation, organizing the curriculum, ways to best help children grasp the subject matter, and extra activities and…
Descriptors: Educational Improvement, Educational Quality, Elementary Education, Foreign Countries
Rosenbaum, James E. – American Educator: The Professional Journal of the American Federation of Teachers, 1989
The Japanese education system provides a model for American school reform that effectively links school with entry into the workforce. Japanese schools maintain close relationships with businesses that expect teachers to nominate high-achieving students for jobs after graduation. (FMW)
Descriptors: Comparative Education, Education Work Relationship, Educational Change, Foreign Countries