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How the Japanese learn to work
Dore, Ronald, 1925-
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Second, revised edition.
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London ; New York : Routledge, 1998.
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xix, 190 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
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1540 Lexile.
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LC1047.J3 D67 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Japan is regarded as a world leader in the field of education and training for improved economic performance. Yet success in Japan is often achieved by going against what is regarded as ideal practice elsewhere. This book offers the most comprehensive review available in English of the many facets of Japanese vocational education and training. Covering the system from primary education through to in job-training offered by companies, this book provides a detailed study of current practice giving equal emphasis to formal training in explicitly vocational courses, and informal training in factories, shops and offices.
The authors analyse the difference between substantive 'person-changing' training and mere 'ability-labelling.' They raise important questions, such as: To what extent does the need to package skills to provide convenient qualifications distort the actual training given? How efficient is it to rely on professional trainers to certify the acquisition of skills, rather than run separate testing systems?
The authors reveal how, in Japanese companies, employees are strongly motivated by pride in the successful execution of their jobs, and that much company training is carried out by colleagues.

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A specialized study on an important aspect of contemporary Japanese education, this volume focuses on vocational training in Japan. All elements of vocational training are included: the formal educational system, private educational efforts, and training in industries and firms. The costs of vocational training and who pays for this training are discussed, as are issues of standards, qualifications, functions, and administration in each area of vocational training and education. The authors provide a general description of Japanese schooling, but the bulk of the volume deals with the many aspects of vocational education. Japan is a particularly good country to study, since it pays a great deal of attention to vocational training, particularly in the various enterprises. This volume will appeal to those concerned with Japanese education and with Japanese economic development. There are comparisons with the situation in Britain (no reference is made to the US). Although this is a thorough study of vocational training, there are other more comprehensive volumes on education in Japan, including William Cummings's Education and Equality in Japan (CH, Mar'81) and James Shields's Japanese Schooling (1989). A specialized study, not suitable for undergraduates. -P. G. Altbach, SUNY at Buffalo

Table of Contents

General Editor's Prefacep. viii
Prefacep. x
Acknowledgementsp. xx
1 The General School Systemp. 1
2 Who Goes Where?p. 15
3 Vocational Streams in the Mainline Formal Education Systemp. 42
4 Post-Secondary, Non-University Vocational Education and Training (Vet)p. 67
5 Training in the Enterprisep. 93
6 Standards and Qualificationsp. 134
7 Public Expenditure on Vetp. 161
8 Policies and Prospectsp. 167
Appendixp. 176
Bibliographyp. 178
Indexp. 184