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Fernandez, Clea; Cannon, Joanna – Elementary School Journal, 2005
Japanese (N = 25) and U.S. fifth- to eighth-grade teachers (N = 36) participated in pre- and post-lesson interviews to assess what they thought about when constructing mathematics lessons. To understand the details of this thinking and how it might support classroom instruction, we structured interviews around a specific lesson teachers taught in…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Mathematics Instruction, Foreign Countries, Lesson Plans
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Hoffman, Diane M. – Elementary School Journal, 2000
Presents conceptual analysis of U.S. and Japanese early education discourse, contrasting cultural assumptions and views of self that inform each context. Finds Japan holds progressive, child-centered but not developmentalist views that promote self in terms of cultural values; the United States emphasizes the individual child defined by…
Descriptors: Child Development, Comparative Analysis, Cross Cultural Studies, Cultural Differences
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Hiebert, James; Stigler, James W. – Elementary School Journal, 2000
The Third International Mathematics and Science Study Video Study of Teaching compared teacher development systems in the U.S., Japan, and Germany. Findings indicated that many American teachers believe they are changing the way they teach while they retain traditional practices. A research and development system was proposed for improving…
Descriptors: Change Strategies, Comparative Analysis, Cross Cultural Studies, Educational Change
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Reys, Barbara J.; And Others – Elementary School Journal, 1996
Analyzed how computation is developed in three Japanese primary-grade textbook series by focusing on differences in presentation. Found that goals are similar but the methods and materials of presentation are very different, and that a much higher level of computational facility at the end of grade three is expected of Japanese students than of…
Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, Content Analysis, Cross Cultural Studies, Elementary School Students
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Stevenson, Harold W. – Elementary School Journal, 1991
Discusses the development of Japanese elementary education in the context of three periods of its history. Considers salient characteristics of Japanese elementary schools and teaching procedures; these include curriculum; social and moral education; classroom environment; teachers; afterschool classes; college entrance examinations; the kyoiku…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, After School Education, Classroom Environment, College Entrance Examinations
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Stephens, Lillian S. – Elementary School Journal, 1978
A review of the existing Japanese school system poses the question of acceptance and possible modification of open education in Japan. (CM)
Descriptors: Educational Planning, Open Education, School Districts, School Surveys