Teaching and Learning in Japan

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Cambridge University Press, 1998 - Education - 399 pages
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In this important work, major scholars on Japan draw on ethnographic and experimental studies of learning throughout the lifespan to explore the Japanese style of learning. The reader will get an inside view of Japanese teaching methods, where the emphasis is on the process of learning, rather than the end product. In Japan, applications across contexts--from religion to music, to mathematics, to guidance are very differently handled than in the West. Contributors analyze various models of learning within and without the Japanese school system. The examples considered here allow the reader to understand better the rich coherence and variety of educational experiences in the broader social context. A carefully articulated introduction and conclusion by the editors provide salient comparisons of East and West and cautions that we do not simplify our model of either one. Teaching and Learning in Japan will be of interest to educators, Japan scholars, and to educational psychologists.
 

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Contents

Japanese theories of learning
1
Fundamental approaches
17
Teaching and learning in the Rinzai Zen monastery
20
Building character
50
The emotional foundations of early learning
75
the roots of Japans educational success
79
And Tomoko wrote this song for us
98
Honoring the individual
119
Cultures of mathematics instruction in Japanese and American elementary classrooms
213
The Kumon approach to teaching and learning
248
Path and guidance
272
the concept of guidance
275
The path to adulthood according to Japanese middle schools
295
Artistic pursuits old and new
321
training in noh drama
323
The Suzuki Method of music instruction
345

School and classroom models
154
elementary schools in Japan and the United States
157
some preliminary hypotheses about Japanese elementary classrooms
190
themes in the Japanese culture of learning
369
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Rohlen is at Stanford University.

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