Japanese Education: Made in the U.S.A

Synopsis

The Japanese educational system has become an object of growing dissatisfaction among Japanese students and parents, and some Japanese educators are looking at the American system of higher education as a model of a viable alternative. According to Haiducek current efforts to develop branch schools of American colleges and universities in Japan are consistent with Japan's penchant for borrowing and adapting information and technology. But Japanese and American expectations concerning the goals of these endeavors differ greatly and this constitutes significant obstacles to their success. By outlining the historical facts and the ideological motivations of Japanese educational climate and the American perspective, this book increases awareness of the conflicting purposes at work and tries to stimulate communication between the two countries concerning the development of more effective educational programs.

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