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ERIC Number: EJ1221659
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0030-9230
Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, and Something Froebel? The Development of Origami in Early Childhood Education in Japan
Nishida, Yukiyo
Paedagogica Historica: International Journal of the History of Education, v55 n4 p529-547 2019
This study examines how origami has been implemented, practised, and developed in the early childhood education of Japan over the past 140 years. Historically speaking, paper-folding has been part of Japanese symbolic art, craft culture, and religious ceremonial artefacts since paper and paper-folding techniques were first imported from China during the seventh century. By the eighteenth century, paper-folding provided a form of mass entertainment in Japanese society. During the 1870s, paper-folding was dramatically transformed into a pedagogical tool within Japanese kindergartens after Friedrich Froebel's (1782-1852) kindergarten system and its curriculum was transferred to Japan from the West. "Papier-Falten" ("paper-folding") comprised an element of Froebel's Occupations -- which was a series of handiwork activities -- in his kindergarten curriculum, whereby various folding techniques and models were derived from European traditional paper-folding and introduced into a Japanese kindergarten curriculum that was associated with the concept of Froebel's kindergarten. Particularly seen in early childhood education in Japan, what we now call "origami" developed as a new form of paper-folding. This gradually emerged through the marriage of Western (German) and Eastern (Japanese) paper-folding cultures. The study highlights the benefits and uniqueness of cultural transmission and transformation when developing origami in early childhood education in Japan.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Elementary Education; Kindergarten; Primary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Germany; Japan