Teaching in Japan
Routledge – 2002 – 192 pages
This collection of essays explores teaching in Japan as it relates to contemporary social change in the past two decades. The collection explores day-to-day teaching in Japan from the teacher's erspective relying on first hand accounts by those within the system.
"This valuable book combines examination of current educational reforms in Japan with an ethnographic account of the actual experience of two beginning teachers. Interwoven throughout is an analysis of postwar reforms, plus comparative perspectives on pedagogy in Japan and in the U.S… Although Japanese schools have undergone several waves of reform in the postwar world, the ethnographic study, which constitutes the second half of the book, clearly demonstrates that the culture transmitted both by beginning and experienced teachers continues to stress traditional values. Recommended for general readers and upper-division undergraduates and above." -- Choice October 2002
Nobuo K. Shimahara is a professor of education and anthropology at the Graduate School of Education and a member of the faculty of the Graduate School, Rutgers University. He has taught at Rutgers University since 1968 and served as a visiting professor at several universities, including the University of Tokyo.