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Learning to Go to School in Japan: The Transition from Home to Preschool Life Paperback – October 29, 1993

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Peak (Ph.D., Harvard School of Education) explains the socialization process that occurs during the indulgent home life of Japanese youngsters, and the structured school environment for which it prepares them. The Japanese educational system sets clear objectives and expectations for both parent and child. Children are assigned to class by age regardless of maturation or handicap. Classes range from ten to 40 students, and large classes are preferred because they encourage interdependence and "give and take." Children ages three and four are taught self- reliance, conformity, and appropriate behavior, and given a high standard of expectation. Solitary or maverick behavior is quietly but persistently discouraged. Because of the increasingly common comparisons between the Japanese and U.S. educational systems, this is a timely book. Less comprehensive education collections owning Joseph Tobin's Preschool in Three Cultures ( LJ 5/15/89), which covers some of the same points, may pass. For others, this is a mandatory purchase. See also the review of Bruce Feiler's Learning to Bow , in this issue, p. 114.--Ed.
- Annette V. Janes, Hamilton P.L., Mass.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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  • Series: Transition from Home to Preschool Life
  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: University of California Press (October 29, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0520083873
  • ISBN-13: 978-0520083875
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,723,816 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on September 28, 2000
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I bought the book to prepare myself for my son's entrance to Japanese preschool and found a wealth of cultural insights about the roles of Japanese mothers and Japanese schools. Based on classroom observations in both urban and rural settings and with an extensive bibliography, it is an academic work which can also be useful to foreign parents with children entering Japanese schools,
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I sent this book to my daughter who has her three year old attending a Japanese preschool for the first time this year. The transition has not been easy due to the language difference and frustration of my daughter and granddaughter was growing day by day. I found this book on Amazon's website and according to my daughter the book has been a great help. She also said she would pass it on to the other parents whose children also attend the Japanese preschool. These children live on an Air Force Base in Tokyo. The parents thought an emersion program would be a good idea at the preschool age.
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