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.
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"Long a model for scholars and policy makers around the world, the Japanese education system is undergoing dramatic change to keep up with a globalized world. This volume presents how these changes are shaping Japanese education a host of levels, from the expansion of English education at the university level to the increasingly multicultural classrooms. The contributors are also on the front lines of policy reform and their insights provide an understanding of the changes in Japan, but also provide a framework for broader challenges facing all educational systems in the 21st century." - Christopher Bondy, Associate Professor of Sociology, International Christian University, Tokyo, Japan
"A uniquely coherent and well-grounded analysis of the `globalization' craze gripping Japan's educational debate. This volume takes readers beyond the often misleading rhetoric of policymakers, examining the capacity for change, its actual extent and, in some respects, its desirability." - Edward Vickers, Kyushu University