Globalization and Japanese "exceptionalism" in education : insiders' views into a changing system


Globalization and Japanese "exceptionalism" in education : insiders' views into a changing system

edited by Ryoko Tsuneyoshi

(Routledge research in international and comparative education)

Routledge, 2018

  • : hbk

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Includes bibliographical references and index



Globalization is the most common overriding characteristic of our time, with societies all over the world struggling to change their educational systems to meet what are perceived to be the needs of globalization. This book provides an insider's account of how the Japanese educational system is trying to meet that challenge while placing the developments in a larger international context. Distinguishing itself from other books in the same genre, this volume (1) brings in the diversity of insiders` reactions concerning globalization reform in education, while placing such actions in the larger international context, and (2) covers a wide span of education (elementary to higher education) and shows how the globalization reforms as a whole are affecting Japanese education. With a focus on insiders' accounts, this book brings in information that is little known outside of Japan. It also links globalization processes in Japanese society, school education and higher education, accounting for similarities and differences across educational levels, providing insight into the multifaceted processes affecting the Japanese education system. Chapters include: From High School Abroad to College in Japan: The Difficulties of the Japanese Returnee Experience The University of Tokyo PEAK Program: Venues into the Challenges Faced by Japanese Universities Why Does Cultural Diversity Matter? Korean Higher Education in Comparative Perspective


Acknowledgements Notes on contributors Part I. Setting the Stage Chapter 1. Introduction (Ryoko Tsuneyoshi and Yuto Kitamura) Chapter 2. "Exceptionalism" in Japanese education and its implications (Ryoko Tsuneyoshi) Chapter 3. Japan's challenge in fostering global human resources: policy debates and practices (Akiyoshi Yonezawa & Yukiko Shimmi) Chapter 4. Global citizenship education in asia (Yuto Kitamura) Part II. Globalization and the multicultural challenge in Japan Chapter 5. From high school abroad to college in Japan: The difficulties of the Japanese returnee experience (Yoriko Ida) Chapter 6. Breaking in or dropping out?: filipina immigrant girls envisioning alternative lives in a globalized world (Tomoko Tokunaga) Chapter 7. Transition from university to work in Japan: Approaching expectations of international students (Chun-Yi, Tan) Part III. Case studies in meeting the global and multicultural challenge Chapter 8. The University of Tokyo PEAK program : Venues into the challenges faced by Japanese universities (Yujin Yaguchi) Chapter 9. Developing human resource for multicultural coexistence society: A case study of gunma university-gunma prefecture cooperation project "multicultural community advancement officers certificate program" (Yuki Megumi) Part IV. The issues revisited Chapter 10. Why does cultural diversity matter? Korean higher education in comparative perspective (Gi-Wook Shin and Rennie J. Moon) Chapter 11. Globalization or anglicization?: A dilemma of English language teaching in Japan (Yoshifumi Saito) Chapter 12. Japanese schooling and the global and multicultural challenge: Globalization from below (Ryoko Tsuneyoshi, Fumiko, Takahashi, Hideki Ito, Lee Seulbi, Maiko Sumino, Tate Kihara, Satsuki Kubodera, and Hikaru Ishiwata) Index

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