Japanese education : made in the U.S.A.


Japanese education : made in the U.S.A.

Nicholas J. Haiducek ; foreword by John W. Oller, Jr

Praeger, 1991

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Bibliography: p. [127]-130

Includes index



The Japanese educational system has become an object of growing dissatisfaction among Japanese students and parents, due to its suppression of intellectual creativity and its elitist examination process, and some Japanese educators are looking at the American system of higher education as a model of a viable alternative. According to Nicholas J. Haiducek, although the current efforts to develop branch schools of American colleges and universities in Japan are consistent with Japan's penchant for borrowing and adapting information and technology, Japanese and American expectations concerning the goals of these endeavors differ greatly and thereby constitute significant obstacles to their success. By outlining the historical facts and the ideological motivations that define the Japanese educational climate and the American perspective, this work increases awareness of the conflicting purposes at work and tries to stimulate informed communication between the two countries. The study examines America's current educational presence in Japan by placing it within the historical framework of previous Japanese efforts to accumulate knowledge. The analysis then proceeds to discuss Japanese and American cross-purposes within the Japanese educational system, demonstrating why certain programs are not feasible in Japan and emphasizing the necessity for American program developers to accurately evaluate the nature of Japan's educational needs. The success of joint Japanese and American initiatives through the development of more effective programs seems within reach. The study concludes with an encouraging look at the economic feasibility of these ventures for both countries and the humanitarian implications of such international cooperation.


Foreword by John W. Oller An Introduction Japan: The Beginning The Meiji Restoration and the Industrial Revolution Post-Tokyo Olympics: Japan Reborn Japanese Expectations in the Current Borrowing Effort The Questionnaire and Its Rationale The Program: An Analysis Business Options: An Open Door Some Conclusions Appendix A: Ongoing Structural Changes in Japanese Industries and Corporations Appendix B: American Colleges and Universities Currently Interested in the Japan Branch Program Appendix C: Draft Proposed Guidelines for the Evaluation of Branch Campuses of United States Universities in Japan Appendix D: A Proposal to Establish American Universities In Japan Appendix E: International Lobby for the Enhanced Equilibrium of Trade and Economy Appendix F: Research Questionnaire Bibliography Index

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