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Toyoda, Mitsuyo – Educational Perspectives, 2012
The author's first impression of the philosophy for children program in Hawai'i (p4c) was a strong, intuitive feeling that this approach to education can be a vehicle to change the world. This feeling has not faded at all in the course of her five-year commitment to p4c. Yet, as the author has exchanged her ideas about p4c with teachers and…
Descriptors: Thinking Skills, Foreign Countries, Ethical Instruction, Exchange Programs
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Shimizu, Minoru – Educational Perspectives, 2010
This essay is a history that relates the Japanese tradition of accepting and adapting aspects of foreign culture, especially as it applies to the learning of foreign languages. In particular, the essay describes the history of English education in Japan by investigating its developments after the Meiji era. The author addresses the issues from the…
Descriptors: Foreign Culture, Foreign Countries, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning
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Sakai, Shien; Takagi, Akiko; Chu, Man-Ping – Educational Perspectives, 2010
With the advent of communicative language teaching in East Asia, the idea of learner autonomy has become a topic of discussion and a goal among language teachers. The idea of autonomy raises important questions that need to be further explored, particularly in terms of students taking responsibility for learning. While examining the English…
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Learning Strategies, Personal Autonomy, Learning Processes
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Nakayama, Natsue; Takagi, Akiko; Imamura, Hiromi – Educational Perspectives, 2010
In October 2007, three education bills, including the Revised Teacher's License Law were approved by the Central Education Council in February and submitted to the Diet. The purpose of the Revised Teacher's License Law was "to ensure teachers systematically acquire up-to-date knowledge and skills to maintain the professional competencies…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Teacher Certification, Secondary School Teachers, English Teachers
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Ohtani, Chie – Educational Perspectives, 2010
In 2001, the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology (MEXT) released the "Rainbow Plan" as the educational reform plan for the twenty-first century. As part of the plan, MEXT will make English education activities compulsory at Japanese public elementary schools beginning in 2011. The purpose of the Rainbow Plan…
Descriptors: Elementary Schools, Educational Change, Foreign Countries, Second Language Learning
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Matsuoka, Ryoji – Educational Perspectives, 2010
On January 17, 2008, the Japanese Central Education Council submitted a newly revised set of official curriculum guidelines to the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) in Japan. These guidelines for elementary schools will become effective in the 2011 academic year and include a controversial new policy: the…
Descriptors: Private Schools, Elementary Schools, Second Languages, Student Diversity
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Minagawa, Haruo – Educational Perspectives, 2010
Murasakino High School is a municipal senior high school located in the northern part of Kyoto, an ancient capital city of Japan. With a little over one thousand students studying in three grades (from fifteen to eighteen years of age), Murasakino has a distinctive scholastic tradition that makes it different from other high schools in Kyoto. Over…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, High Schools, Foreign Countries, English (Second Language)
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Weir, George R. S.; Ozasa, Toshiaki – Educational Perspectives, 2010
Japan has a long tradition of teaching English as a foreign language (EFL). A common feature of EFL courses is reliance on specific textbooks as a basis for graded teaching, and periods in Japanese EFL history are marked by the introduction of different textbook series. These sets of textbooks share the common goal of taking students from…
Descriptors: Textbooks, Foreign Countries, English (Second Language), Second Language Instruction
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McEwan, Hunter; Goto, Sunao; Horike, Yukiyo – Educational Perspectives, 2010
For the past ten years, the College of Education at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa (UHM-COE) and Bukkyo University in Kyoto, Japan have enjoyed a special relationship designed to promote cooperation and academic exchanges between the two institutions. The agreement of cooperation was signed on June 5, 2000 by President Shinko Nakai of Bukkyo…
Descriptors: International Educational Exchange, Cooperation, Foreign Countries, Partnerships in Education