Development Education in Japan: A Comparative Analysis of the Contexts for Its Emergence, and Its Introduction into the Japanese School System

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Appendix 1

The National Curriculum for Geography A

1.

PURPOSE
To enable students to understand regional features of lives and cultures of peoples in the world, and their common themes. To foster geographical views and ways of thinking by making students study the world in terms of various large and small local units. To foster self-consciousness and an attitude as a Japanese living in the international community.
2.

CONTENT
1. The modern world and region

Enable students to understand the features of the modern world through activities with maps and area study and consider methods to understand the modern world geographically.

a. The modern world through the globe and the world map

Enable students to understand, by using the globe and various maps, the change in the relationship of positions and distances between areas in the world caused by the development of transportation and communication, interaction beyond national borders, unity among nations, and the features and situations of the modern world concerning issues such as territories.

b. The function and use of maps

Through mapping of information and map reading, make students familiar with maps and understand the effectiveness of viewing social issues in terms of geographical relations and distances.

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