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Educating Hearts and Minds

Educating Hearts and Minds
Reflections on Japanese Preschool and Elementary Education


  • Date Published: April 1995
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521458320

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  • How do children become eager, motivated learners and caring, responsible citizens? Educating Hearts and Minds, first published in 1995, is a portrait of Japanese preschool and early elementary education which examines these questions. Its thesis - which will surprise many Americans - is that Japanese schools are successful because they meet children's needs for friendship, belonging, and contribution. This book brings to life what actually happens inside Japanese classrooms. What do children learn? How do they learn? What values are emphasised, and how are they taught? In a sharp departure from most previous accounts, this book suggests that Japanese education succeeds because all children - not just the brightest or best-behaved - somehow come to feel like valued members of the school community. Ironically, Japanese teachers credit John Dewey and other progressive Western educators for many of the techniques that make Japanese schools both caring and challenging. This book brings to a wider readership the voices of Japanese classroom teachers - voices that are at once deeply consonant with Western aspirations and deeply provocative.

    • Offers a vivid account of what students and teachers actually do in Japanese classrooms
    • Reinterprets the roots of Japanese educational achievement and explodes myths about Japanese education
    • Explores how Japanese children learn to cooperate
    • Brings the voices of Japanese teachers to a wider readership
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    Product details

    • Date Published: April 1995
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521458320
    • length: 262 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.39kg
    • contains: 9 b/w illus. 8 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. A brief background on Japan's educational system
    2. The preschool experience: play, community, reflection
    3. The whole child goes to elementary school
    4. The small group: home-base for children
    5. The roots of discipline: community and commitment
    6. Discipline: how peers and teachers manage misbehavior
    7. Learning and caring
    8. What is a successful school?
    9. Summary: questions to ask ourselves.

  • Author

    Catherine C. Lewis

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