The ebb and flow of Japanese educational reform

Burnett, Bruce M. & Wada, Masato (2008) The ebb and flow of Japanese educational reform. In Australian Association for Research In Education (AARE) 2007 International Educational Research Conference, Fremantle.


Through analysis of Japanese educational reform this paper draws attention to key historical and cultural aspects of Japan's modern educational system. Links are drawn to the influence socio-political transformations have had on the Japanese educational systems within three periods of radical reform beginning with the Meiji restoration in 1871, moving onto the Occupation led reforms after the Second World War and concluding with a analysis of contemporary neo-liberal reforms. The paper argues that one of most important aspects to emerge from the antecedence of contemporary Japanese education is the manner in which reform impacts on educators who have been directed to perform and conduct themselves in ways that fundamentally alter traditional Japanese work/cultural practices. The paper aims to introduce Japanese educational reform to a new readership while also providing a source of analysis directed towards the impact of global educational reform outside Western contexts.

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ID Code: 15748
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: The contents of this conference can be freely accessed online via the conference's web page (see hypertext link).
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Keywords: Japanese Education, Comparative Education, Educational Reform
ISSN: 1324-9339
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > SOCIOLOGY (160800)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > SOCIOLOGY (160800) > Sociology of Education (160809)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2007 Bruce M. Burnett and Masato Wada
Deposited On: 27 Nov 2008 00:00
Last Modified: 27 Jan 2015 04:07

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