Japanese and American Education: Attitudes and Practicesreviewed by Daniel J. Walsh — 2001
Readers familiar enough with both school systems to read
skeptically will find Japanese and American Education:Attitudes
and Practices a worthwhile but flawed book. Cross-cultural
comparisons are challenging, particularly between cultures as
different as American and Japanese. The book would be more useful
and, possibly, more convincing, had Harry Wray showed more
awareness of the challenge.
Wray is Professor of Japanese History and International
Relations at Nanzan University in Nagoya. From the text, one
concludes that he is American, married to a Japanese woman, with
four children who have attended Japanese and American schools.
Given the focus of the book, more information about Wray would be
Wray criticizes both educational systems and argues that both
systems can learn from each other. He expresses strong ideas about
what is right and what is wrong with Japanese and American schools.
His descriptions and analyses are detailed, and the book contains a
wealth of information. Wray appears to have read everything written
about Japanese schools, certainly by Western scholars. When citing
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- Daniel Walsh
University of Illinois, Urbana
Daniel J. Walsh is an Associate Professor of Early Childhood Education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He works within the framework of cultural psychology, and his research examines early schooling as a context for development. He recently completed fieldwork in
preschools in Japan and is working on a book on culture and early schooling. Selected publications include: Studying Children in Context: Theories, Methods, and Ethics (with Elizabeth Graue)(Sage, 1998) and High Risk Children
in Schools: Constructing Sustaining Relationships with Robert C. Pianta)(Routledge, 1996).