How Did We Get Here? Understanding the Current Situation of Japanese Higher Education by Examining its History
Date: Sunday, February 17th, 2008 Time: 9:45 AM - 11:45 AM
Speaker: Joe Tomei, Kumamoto Gakuen University
For those from the West, there are a large number of seemingly inexplicable features in Japanese education in general and Japanese higher education in particular. Joe Tomei suggests that they are understandable when we examine the full history of Japanese education, which allows us to see that decisions made many decades earlier on the basis of far different circumstances have carried over into the present day. Viewing Japanese higher education in this way presents a middle course between the notion that a system that actively discriminates and a system free of any taint or blemish. The presentation will then end with some discussion on the best way to effect change within the system.
Organization: Ibaraki Chapter of the Japan Association for Language Teaching (Ibaraki JALT)
Cost: JALT Members: free
Non-members: 500 yen
Venue: Tsukuba Gakuin Universtiy, Tsukuba (formerly Tokyo Kasei Gakuin Tsukuba Women's University)
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