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Monday, November 26, 2012
Summer 2013 Short-Term GW Study Abroad Course in Japan!
Japanese Education and Society in a Global Era
EDUC 6630 – International Experiences
Study Dates: June 2-16, 2013 – Summer I Information Session: November 29, 6 PM - 8 PM Marvin Center, Room G08 Sushi and other snacks will be served!
short-term study abroad will provide students with an intensive look at
education in Japanese society at the beginning of the 21st
century. Naturally beautiful but
resource-poor, Japan has developed economically through wise utilization of its
people and human resources. Japan was the first non-Western nation to do so,
breaking the conventional wisdom that held Westernization as a pre-condition of
industrial development. It did this by
importing ideas and grafting them to local social, political and economic
institutions. The result was often a
curious trans-cultural hybrid, predating the globalization of recent years.
continues to break conventional wisdom, in education and other fields. Its students perform consistently well on
international assessments (though not as well as many Japanese would like), but
the Japanese school system does not employ many of the policies proposed by
current US reform discourse. Scholars
have argued that Japan’s educational policies, in combination with other
national policies, fostered development of a broad and prosperous middle class.
Family SES explains less of the variance in student performance than in most
class includes a Foggy Bottom-based component of pre- and post-departure
classes/orientations, debriefings, and presentations and a two-week visit to
Japan. Two weeks allows for a week of
cultural and educational site visits (and to Hiroshima, Kyoto, and the
mountains of Nagano, and then a week in Tokyo for students to pursue individual
or group research projects through individualized site visits and interviews
arranged in advance. . Advance classes
will provide orientation to the program, lectures, time to schedule site visits
and plan research projects, and a smattering of survival Japanese.
a group, we will tour Tokyo and Kyoto; visit the Peace Memorial Park in
Hiroshima; a UNESCO World Heritage site in the Inland Sea; and hopefully the
mountains of central Japan. There will be optional tours of popular culture,
“poor people’s Tokyo, and a hot spring (onsen). Students can organize visits to
cultural, artistic, historical and social interest. Studying education directly, we plan to
visit: a university known for its education programs and international
activities, a rural high school, a cram school, the Ministry of Education,
Science and Technology, Municipal Office of Education for Tokyo, and training and
human resource directors of a large international corporation. Depending on interests, students can arrange
visits to other universities; primary, junior high schools and early childhood
centers; policy research centers; other education offices; centers for
community and lifelong learning; other corporations; sites for training in
traditional arts and folk crafts; museums; development agencies; NGOs; social
welfare offices; advocates for minorities (Koreans, burakumin, Ainu, women,
glbtq people, the poor).
instructor has spent almost 12 years living in Japan. He has broad contacts in universities,
government, and a good understand of Japanese culture. Additionally, we hope to involve some local
university students as authentic local cultural and educational informants. This
class is appropriate for graduate students in international education and
development, education policy, international exchange, comparative higher
education, sociology of education, human resource development and comparative
human and organizational learning, museum education, international development
studies, the arts, even education in emergencies.
class would be particularly meaningful if preceded by the Spring class taught
by Iris Rotberg and Jim Williams, Comparative Solutions to Common Educational
questions or details about either class, please contact the Jim Williams at firstname.lastname@example.org. Registration will be first-come, first
served. Please let Prof Williams know if
you want to be added to the list to enroll.