Creating Family Harmony Through Tanka: An Appeal for Educational Reform in the 21st Century

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Nobel House, 2007 - Education - 99 pages
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Speech and language expert Kausumi Okabe has devoted much of his professional research to the exploration of innovative modalities, especially in the treatment and rehabilitation of the persons with disabilities. Okabe discusses the benefits writing, reading, and enjoying "Tanka" an ancient Japanese poetry form in facilitating a disabled person's recovery and a family's ability to assist in the process. He uses his own experiences as a youth and young man growing up and being trained as a teacher in Japan to dynamically illustrate his educational theory.

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Though this book lists only Katsumi Okabe as author, the bulk of this 105 page book (counting the six-page foreward and 99 numbered pages) consists of 73 pages of tanka poetry (well, two of the 231 poems are really haiku), none written by Katsumi, and all but nine written by his mother Sumiko Okabe and those other nine written by Yoshie Okabe, apparently his brother. The rest includes eleven bound-in slick pages of photographs and five pages of biographical material, leaving only 16 pages for a discussion of the educational and rehabilitative value of tanka described in the Google Books description of the material. Those 16 pages amount to a long abstract of Katsumi's work and its value, which is interesting. However, I would assess the major value of this book as being in the tanka, which are fine, and if you are more interested in Katsumi's work for its academic and applicational value, then borrow this from a library, read those sections, and let the bibliography on p. 84 point you to the original sources for really digging into it. (Note that I refer to Dr. Okabe by his first name only to differentiate him from the writers of the tanka, with no disrespect intended. He is clearly an accomplished researcher in his field who has an interesting and novel area of study.) One correction to the bibliographic material in the Google Books entry (which may have been corrected by the time you read this): The publisher, Noble House, is misspelled. 

About the author (2007)

Okabe was Professor and Chairman of the Division of Speech-Language and Hearing Disorders at the Institute of Special Education at the University of Tsukuba.

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