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Imamura, Mitsuyuki – Educational Studies in Japan: International Yearbook, 2017
Environmental education has not spread as widely in Japan as expected and therefore has not had any significant impact on environmental problems, even though many educators and researchers have devoted themselves to environmental educational practice. Why is environmental education not popular in Japan, and what does this tell us? The purpose of…
Descriptors: Environmental Education, Educational Practices, Foreign Countries, Educational History
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Tanaka, Haruhiko – Educational Studies in Japan: International Yearbook, 2017
The UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) ran from 2005 to 2014. This study concerns the concepts of Sustainable Development (SD) and ESD. The term "sustainable development" was coined by the Brundtland Commission in 1987 as the key word in integrating environment and development. SD achieved international consensus at…
Descriptors: Futures (of Society), Educational Trends, Environmental Education, Sustainable Development
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Nagata, Yoshiyuki – Educational Studies in Japan: International Yearbook, 2017
Japan stands as a rare country in which ESD has been incorporated as mainstream policy. However, looking back on the United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (UNDESD), ESD has not brought about the transformation in Japan that one expects ESD to aim for, despite this support at the policy level. The cause may be that pouring…
Descriptors: Environmental Education, Sustainable Development, Foreign Countries, Holistic Approach
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Hung, Ruyu – Educational Studies in Japan: International Yearbook, 2017
The aim of this article is to propose the concept of ecophilia as the guiding idea for conceiving an education with ecological concern--ecopedagogy. Drawing on E. O. Wilson's idea of biophilia and Yi Fu Tuan's notion of topophilia, I coin the term "ecophilia", which means the human affective and embodied bond with other living beings and…
Descriptors: Ecology, Natural Resources, Teaching Methods, Environment
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Irwin, Ruth – Educational Studies in Japan: International Yearbook, 2017
Teleological progress is the underlying motif of modern culture, and informs education, innovation, and economic development. Progress includes a gradual increase in consumerism. Since the 1940s, the Keynesian Settlement and its embedded belief in progress is legislated in exponential 2-3% economic growth. Unfortunately, climate change is a direct…
Descriptors: Climate, Environment, Economic Development, Consumer Education
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Liu, Xing – Educational Studies in Japan: International Yearbook, 2017
Franklin Bobbitt is the founder of modern curriculum theory. There is a generally supported saying that Bobbitt's theory went through two stages, the first focused on social efficiency with a mechanical and behavioral approach, and the second a more progressive approach, caring for the living experience of pupils. A close reading of his so-called…
Descriptors: Educational Theories, Social Influences, Behavior, Caring
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Yoshida, Aya – Educational Studies in Japan: International Yearbook, 2017
The aim of this paper is to analyse the actions of various actors involved in "global human resource development" and to clarify whether discussions on global human resources are based on local perspectives. The results of the analysis are as follows: 1) after the year 2000 began, industry started discussions on global human resources in…
Descriptors: Human Resources, Labor Force Development, Universities, Overseas Employment
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Matsushita, Ryohei – Educational Studies in Japan: International Yearbook, 2017
In the field of education, evidence means an objective ground for setting or judging an educational policy, plan or method, as an effective means to attain a given political end or educational objective. Evidence-based education has been regarded as a decisive device to pursue the accountability and improve the quality of education by connecting…
Descriptors: Evidence Based Practice, Educational Theories, Foreign Countries, Educational History
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Yamada, Shoko – Educational Studies in Japan: International Yearbook, 2016
This paper explores the convergence and divergence in the discourses and practices of comparative education in Japan, North America, and Greater China. Research demands, institutional settings, and social and historical background determine the nature of the research discussed and practiced in each place. Some particular patterns were identified…
Descriptors: Comparative Education, Educational Practices, Foreign Countries, Teaching Methods
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Ishida, Kenji; Nakamuro, Makiko; Takenaka, Ayumi – Educational Studies in Japan: International Yearbook, 2016
In this study, we test the assimilation thesis by comparing the academic achievement between native students and first and second generation immigrant pupils. It is the first empirical study that systematically analyzes the native-immigrant achievement gap in Japan. Although numerous studies have examined the achievement gap, most of them are…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Immigrants, Academic Achievement, Acculturation
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Ninomiya, Shuichi – Educational Studies in Japan: International Yearbook, 2016
Black and Wiliam (1998a, 1998b) demonstrate that formative assessment is one of the most effective strategies for promoting student learning. Since the publication of their reviews, formative assessment has gained increasing international prominence in both policy and practice. However, despite this early innovation, the theory and practice of…
Descriptors: Formative Evaluation, Achievement Gap, Theory Practice Relationship, Accountability
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Aizawa, Shinichi – Educational Studies in Japan: International Yearbook, 2016
This paper addresses the following two research questions: What role does senior high school choice play, in terms of the choices between public and private and between academic and vocational education in Japan and Taiwan? How do senior high school students matriculate to tertiary education in Japan and Taiwan? Japan and Taiwan have both…
Descriptors: Comparative Education, Vocational Education, High School Students, Foreign Countries
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Kanbayashi, Toshiyuki – Educational Studies in Japan: International Yearbook, 2016
In recent years, teachers' increased workloads have become an issue for policy, and have been multiply pointed out, deriving as they do from peripheral duties such as paperwork, in academic research as well. However, these mentions have not been based on sufficiently solid proof. Here, this paper compares teacher working hours surveys extant from…
Descriptors: Teaching Load, Working Hours, Extracurricular Activities, Data Analysis
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Takayama, Keita – Educational Studies in Japan: International Yearbook, 2016
Drawing on the recent critiques of the global knowledge economy of social science research, this article explores possible ways in which the Japanese education research communities can reposition themselves in the wider international education research community. The premises of this discussion are that there exists a global structure of academic…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Educational Research, Global Approach, Scholarship
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Akabayashi, Hideo; Nakamura, Ryosuke; Naoi, Michio; Shikishima, Chizuru – Educational Studies in Japan: International Yearbook, 2016
In the past decades, income inequality has risen in most developed countries. There is growing interest among economists in international comparisons of economic and educational mobility. This is aided by the availability of internationally comparable, large-scale data. The present paper aims to make three contributions. First, we introduce the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Comparative Education, Social Mobility, Economic Status
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