Achieving equity and quality in Japanese elementary schools: Balancing the roles of state, teachers, and students

Lynne Parmenter

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Abstract

The aim of this paper is to explore perspectives on equity, quality, motivation, and resilience by focusing in depth on the perspectives of educators in one small, semi-rural school in Japan. The paper is intended to provide rich, in-depth data and discussion as a way of providing insights from different perspectives into findings from large-scale international assessments. The two key questions addressed in the paper are, (1) How are equity and quality achieved and maintained in Japanese elementary schools? and (2) How are student motivation and resilience perceived and fostered in Japanese elementary schools? These questions are addressed through analysis of key official documents related to the questions, together with analysis of semi-structured interviews conducted with education professionals working in an elementary school. The paper will contribute to understanding the perspectives of teachers in a particular school context in Japan on the roles of state, teachers, and children themselves in the task of achieving and maintaining equity and quality in a high performing education system.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)272-298
Number of pages27
JournalFrontiers of Education in China
Volume11
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016

Keywords

  • education quality
  • elementary school
  • equity
  • Japan
  • teacher perspectives

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education

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