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Suzuki, Mariko – Science Education, 2003
As an instructor in courses for prospective teachers, I am interested in my students' ideas and ways in which they reconstruct their ideas in conversations about science. In the case study presented here, I reflect upon (a) ways in which I engaged prospective teachers in thinking together about their observations of a natural phenomenon, the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Speech Communication, Astronomy, Case Studies
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Ogawa, Masakata – Science Education, 2001
Critically examines the revisions of school education in Japan in general, and of science education and science teacher education in particular. Discrepancies between two national policies--namely the revision policy and science and technology as Japan's survival strategy--are examined from a sociocultural viewpoint. (Author/MM)
Descriptors: Cultural Influences, Elementary Secondary Education, Foreign Countries, Public Policy
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Matheis, F. E.; And Others – Science Education, 1992
Examined and compared the logical thinking skills and science process skills of junior high school students in North Carolina (n=3,291) and Japan (n=4,397) by grade and by gender. Results indicated that Japanese students in grades seven, eight, and nine performed significantly better than North Carolina students in both areas. (MDH)
Descriptors: Abstract Reasoning, Foreign Countries, Junior High School Students, Junior High Schools
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Lawson, Anton E. – Science Education, 1990
Described are the results of a formal reasoning test taken by both Japanese and American students. The most likely reasons for the difference between test score results are discussed. Japan's "hands-on" and group inquiry-oriented curriculum approach is cited as one difference. (KR)
Descriptors: Achievement Tests, Comparative Education, Curriculum Design, Elementary Education
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Ogawa, Masakata – Science Education, 1995
Argues that a multiscience perspective on science education affords richer implications for reflection and practice than does multiculturalism. Recognizes the existence of various types of science at play in all science classrooms, especially personal science, indigenous science, and Western modern science. Discusses implications for curriculum…
Descriptors: Cultural Context, Elementary Secondary Education, Foreign Countries, Interdisciplinary Approach
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Klopfer, Leopold E. – Science Education, 1986
Reviews the goals and results of the 1985 U.S.-Japan Seminar on Science Education. Contains a table which lists Japanese Science Education periodicals and includes descriptive information on each. The language of most of the journals is Japanese, but in some instances English information is available. (ML)
Descriptors: Annotated Bibliographies, Foreign Countries, International Cooperation, International Educational Exchange
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Science Education, 1986
Presents a listing of resources of English language publications concerning science education in Japan. Consists of a section on science and engineering education and a three part section addressing the context for science education in Japan. Included are listings of publications, descriptive reports, and studies of schools. (ML)
Descriptors: Educational Development, Educational Environment, Engineering Education, Foreign Countries
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Nishikawa, Jun; Kobayashi, Manabu – Science Education, 1986
Discusses features of the "Basic Science" course in Japan; reasons why few students selected basic science; the development of Science I and Science II (results of the curriculum revision); and the relationship between Basic Science, Science I, and Science II. Science I and II objectives are provided in the appendices. (JN)
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Enrollment, Science Curriculum, Science Education
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Mori, Ichio; And Others – Science Education, 1974
Presents data to support the idea that a child's spatio-temporal recognition does not always depend on the development of logical thinking. The culture in which a child lives also conditions the way he looks at the world. (Author/GS)
Descriptors: Concept Formation, Distance, Elementary School Students, Mathematics Education
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Mori, Ichio; And Others – Science Education, 1980
Compares elementary school science curricula in Japan, Thailand, the Republic of Korea and the Philippines. Tables summarize data for some of these countries concerning general characteristics of the curricular design, general objectives of elementary and secondary science curricula, teaching units covered, and hierarchy of process skills. (CS)
Descriptors: Elementary Education, Elementary School Science, International Education, Program Descriptions
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Taira, Kazuhiro – Science Education, 1978
Presents the transformation in the models of science teaching from 1945 to the present; compares current science education in Japan with that in the United States. (Author/GA)
Descriptors: Courses, Curriculum, Educational Development, Elementary School Science
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Ito, Nobutaka; And Others – Science Education, 1976
Discusses a Japanese secondary school curriculum that emphasizes two themes: light and substances, and the earth and living things. Examines the way several specific topics are taught, and presents an overall course outline including approximate hours spent on each topic. (MLH)
Descriptors: Course Descriptions, Curriculum, Foreign Countries, General Science
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Mori, Ichio; And Others – Science Education, 1976
Japanese and Thai kindergarten children were shown the same visual displays of moving objects and asked to compare the speed of those moving objects. The results significantly indicated that Thai children's concept of speed is further advanced than that of Japanese children. (MLH)
Descriptors: Cognitive Development, Concept Formation, Educational Research, Elementary Education
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Thier, Herbert D. – Science Education, 1976
Describes the major topics and discussions presented at a bi-national (United States-Japanese) seminar. Concludes that the overriding problem in both countries is the fact that available in-service training is reaching only a very small percentage of the practicing teachers. (MLH)
Descriptors: Conferences, Elementary Education, Elementary School Science, Elementary School Teachers
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Ito, Nobutaka; And Others – Science Education, 1975
Discusses how the upper secondary science curriculum in Japan has been revised, and reasons for this revision. Describes the objectives and content of the new curriculum. (MLH)
Descriptors: Course Content, Curriculum, Curriculum Development, Educational Change