Language, Education and Citizenship in Japan
Routledge – 2012 – 148 pages
Based on extensive original research, this book explores the early educational experiences of foreign children in Japan. It considers foreign children’s experiences of Japanese schools, examines the special tutoring such children often have to improve their language proficiency, and explores the role of mothers in encouraging their children’s education. It contrasts the experiences of foreign children with those of Japanese children and sets out the extensive difficulties foreign children encounter in becoming fully accepted by and integrated into Japanese society. The book concludes by discussing the nature of citizenship in Japan and the importance of education, including early education, in shaping Japanese citizenship.
Introduction 1. Foreigners in Japan 2. Foreigners Schooling and Language 3. Research on Language Tutoring 4. Education Personnel Views 5. Foreign Households and Schooling 6. Japanese Mothers and Foreign Children 7. The Educated Citizen
Genaro Castro-Vázquez is an Assistant Professor in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.