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Exploring Kyōiku: Children’s educational experiences in japanese kindergartens

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posted on 2019-01-01, 00:00 authored by Karen GuoKaren Guo, K Kuramochi
© 2019, Western Australian Institute for Educational Research Inc. All rights reserved. This study addresses children’s Kyōiku (education) as it is explored by two kindergartens in Japan. It reports how the teachers, parents and children defined and experienced children’s education and draws on the sociocultural concepts to understand their perspectives. Situated in the personal, educational, and sociocultural landscape of the educational environment, the analysis foregrounds a lens to identify the influences on children’s education. The focus on children’s education in this study enables the threads of different perspectives within the fabric of the kindergartens and Japanese contexts to be shared. The findings reveal that theorising about children’s education invites scholarship that takes as axiomatic the complexity and distinctiveness of individual children, their families and the Japanese social and cultural dynamics.

History

Journal

Issues in Educational Research

Volume

29

Issue

1

Pagination

89 - 105

Publisher

Western Australian Institute for Educational Research

Location

Perth, W.A.

ISSN

0313-7155

eISSN

1837-6290

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal