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Windows on Japanese Education

reviewed by David McConnell - 1993

coverTitle: Windows on Japanese Education
Author(s): Edward R. Beauchamp
Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group, Westport
ISBN: 0313262438, Pages: 334, Year: 1991
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Since the rise of mass schooling, governments throughout the world have exhibited an extraordinary faith in public education as a vehicle for solving national problems and national crises. This book rides a tide of American interest in Japanese education that suggests the reverse is also true: National successes and achievements are increasingly perceived as linked to the quality of schooling. Unlike many other portraits of Japanese education, however, this one self-consciously strives to counter the view of Japanese education as an abstract ideal to be emulated by presenting "a balanced picture of Japan's educational enterprise--its considerable strengths as well as its weaknesses" (p.viii). This approach is reflected in the fact that many of the articles have a strong historical component. The fifteen articles in the volume cover a host of topics, from the history of Japanese education to Nakasone's recent reform initiative, from preschools to universities, from the education of women and Koreans to Japan's "engineering pipeline." The likelihood of one's "pet" interests' being addressed is thus... (preview truncated at 150 words.)

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 94 Number 4, 1993, p. 855-857
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 185, Date Accessed: 3/30/2020 3:47:02 PM

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