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Learning in Likely Places

Learning in Likely Places
Varieties of Apprenticeship in Japan

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Part of Learning in Doing: Social, Cognitive and Computational Perspectives

John Singleton, Robert J. Smith, J. Thomas Rimer, Brenda G. Jordan, Gary DeCoker, Jonah Salz, Bill Haase, Kathryn Ellen Madono, Sarah Hersh, Lois Peak, Susan O. Long, Millie Creighton, Jacquetta F. Hill, David W. Plath, Richard J. Smethurst, Scott Clark, Saburo Morita, William W. Kelly, Stephen R. Smith, Maureen W. McClure, Jill Kleinberg
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  • Date Published: September 1998
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521480123

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  • Likely places of learning in Japan include folkcraft village pottery workshops, the clubhouses of female shellfish divers, traditional theaters, and the neighborhood public bath. The education of potters, divers, actors, and other novices generates identity within their specific communities of practice. In this volume, a collection of nineteen case studies of situated learning in such likely places, the contributors take apprenticeship as a fundamental model of experiential education in authentic arenas of cultural practice. Together, the essays demonstrate a rich variety of Japanese pedagogical arrangements and learning patterns, both historical and contemporary. All cases respond to the call for a new focus on "situated learning", an educational anthropology of the social relations and meanings of educational process.

    • Descriptions of local educational practice in Japan that are accessible to a general audience but also responsive to scholarly concerns for new ways of looking at education
    • Collaboration of anthropologists, art historians, humanists, and educators
    • Theoretical focus on 'situated learning' that unites the papers under a common theme
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "This book makes several kinds of contributions...[and] is likely to fuel theoretical advances regarding the nature of situational learning." Catherine Lewis, Journal of Japanese Studies

    "...offer an interesting contrast, not only in disciplinary perspective, but also in the way in which these descriptions of learning are painted on quite different cultural backdrops. These two books, carefully studied, can serve to broaden our view of the possibilities. I recommend them for that purpose." Teaching and Learning Medicine

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    Product details

    • Date Published: September 1998
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521480123
    • length: 396 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 25 mm
    • weight: 0.75kg
    • contains: 5 b/w illus. 3 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of contributors
    Series foreword
    Introduction: situated learning in Japan: our educational analysis John Singleton
    Part I. Actors, Artists and Calligraphers: Learning in the Traditional Arts:
    1. Transmitting tradition by the rules: an anthropological interpretation of the iemoto system Robert J. Smith
    2. The search for mastery never ceases: Zeami's classic treatises on transmitting the traditions of the no theatre J. Thomas Rimer
    3. Education in the Kano school in nineteenth-century Japan: questions about the copybook method Brenda G. Jordan
    4. Seven characteristics of a traditional Japanese approach to learning Gary DeCoker
    5. Why was everyone laughing at me? Roles of passage for the kyogen child Jonah Salz
    Part II. Potters, Weavers, Mechanics, Doctors and Violinists: Learning in Artisanal Apprenticeship:
    6. Learning to be an apprentice Bill Haase
    7. Craft and art education in Mashiko pottery workshops John Singleton
    8. Craft and regulatory learning in a neighborhood garage Kathryn Ellen Madono
    9. Developing character in music teachers: a Suzuki approach Sarah Hersh and Lois Peak
    10. Becoming a master physician Susan O. Long
    11. Weaving the future from the heart of tradition: learning in leisure activities Millie Creighton
    Part III. Work and Community Socialization: Diversity in Learning Arrangements:
    12. Moneyed knowledge: how women become commercial shellfish divers Jacquetta F. Hill and David W. Plath
    13. The self-taught bureaucrat: Takahashi Koreikiyo and economic policy during the Great Depression Richard J. Smethurst
    14. Learning at the public bathhouse Scott Clark
    15. Growing up through matsuri: children's establishment of self and community identities in festival participation Saburo Morita
    Part IV. Appropriations of Cultural Practice:
    16. Learning to swing: Oh Sadaharu and the pedagogy and practice of Japanese baseball William W. Kelly
    17. Good old boy into alcoholic: Danshukai and learning a new drinking role in Japan Stephen R. Smith
    18. Did an ox wander by here recently?: Learning Americanized Zen Maureen W. McClure
    19. Learning to be learners: Americans working for a Japanese boss Jill Kleinberg
    Epilogue: Calluses: when culture gets under your skin David W. Plath
    Selected glossary
    General bibliography

  • Editor

    John Singleton, University of Pittsburgh


    John Singleton, Robert J. Smith, J. Thomas Rimer, Brenda G. Jordan, Gary DeCoker, Jonah Salz, Bill Haase, Kathryn Ellen Madono, Sarah Hersh, Lois Peak, Susan O. Long, Millie Creighton, Jacquetta F. Hill, David W. Plath, Richard J. Smethurst, Scott Clark, Saburo Morita, William W. Kelly, Stephen R. Smith, Maureen W. McClure, Jill Kleinberg

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