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  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: University Of Chicago Press (May 15, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0226805042
  • ISBN-13: 978-0226805047
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 5.9 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #37,759 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Overall, this reviewer found this to be a fascinating book and recommends it highly to a wide audience.”--Choice
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"An enticing sequel to the 1985 book. . . . The undeniable strength of Preschool in Three Cultures Revisited is its complex, cross-cultural examination that avoids binary distinctions. By situating the United States between China and Japan across the spectrum of societal continuity and change, these authors further disrupt the dominant notions of an East-West dichotomy."
(Harvard Educational Review)

"Thorough restudies such as this are often praised as a theoretical ideal, but this is one of the rare cases in which such an ideal has been realized. Tobin, Hsueh, and Karasawa deserve plaudits for once again breaking unusual ground. Like its predecessor, Preschool in Three Cultures Revisited is beautifully written in a pellucid style. . . . The book is extremely clear and accessible, without oversimplifying or stereotyping."
(Journal of Japanese Studies)

"Are our schools in tune with children's actual lives? The Tobin volume and video, as mirrors held up to American society, should open our eyes to such questions."
(Pacific Affairs)

"While the impact of the original study was far-reaching in the fields of early childhood education and educational anthropology, Tobin and his new team of scholars have managed to restructure their approach to increase the level of insigh into the social and cultural forces driving change and continuity in preschool education in all three countries."
(International Journal of Multicultural Education)

"This is a book I strongly recommend. It is a rich text presenting a cross cultural, cross national, and cross time account of preschool education."
(Education Review)

About the Author

Joseph Tobin is the Elizabeth Garrard Hall Professor of Education at the University of Georgia and the author or editor of several books. Yeh Hsueh is associate professor in the Department of Counseling, Educational Psychology and Research at the University of Memphis. Mayumi Karasawa is professor of cultural psychology at Tokyo Woman's Christian University.

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Joseph Tobin is the Elizabeth Garrard Hall Professor of Education at the University of Georgia. His research interests include cross-cultural studies of early childhood education, immigration and education, children and the media, and qualitative research methods. Among his publications are Preschool in Three Cultures Revisited; Good Guys Don't Wear Hats: Children's Talk about the Media; and Pikachu's Global Adventure: The Rise and Fall of Pokemon. He directs the Children Crossing Borders project, a study of parent and staff views about what children of recent immigrants should experience in preschool settings. His newest project is a study of Deaf Kindergartens in Japan, France, and the US.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Julian Dierkes on April 30, 2010
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Sometimes you pick up a book that you enjoyed in an earlier phase of your life to check whether it was really that good. In the case of "Preschool in Three Cultures" the situation is even more interesting in that we get to revisit the earlier book and its subject matter. It turns out that the earlier book was definitely that good and that revisiting the same subject matter is perhaps even better.

For the general public interested in childhood education, as well as for academic specialists in comparative and early childhood education, this is not only a very informative, but also a truly enjoyable read.

The book is particularly strong in the research methods that are brought to bear on important questions regarding early childhood education. To examine differences between early education in the U.S., China, and Japan, the authors videotaped a day in two preschools in each country and then showed these videos (in edited form) to teachers at the schools where the videos were shot to get their reaction to aspects of the video. In addition, the researchers also showed these videos to other educators in all three countries to get their reactions. These screenings also included the videos that formed the basis for the original research, published as Preschool in Three Cultures: Japan, China and the United States, adding a longitudinal comparison to the international one.

By showing concrete evidence of particular pedagogical strategies, the authors tease out reactions that tell the reader about perceptions of other countries' pedagogies, but by extension also about perspectives on early childhood education more generally.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Judith Clancy on September 26, 2010
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I became a fan of David We after reading his first book on Preschool in Three Cultures. At that time many people were fascinated and puzzled by Japan's economic success (as some still are). Any sociologist or business person planning to do business in Japan or China would be well advised to read the first and revisited versions.
It is rare that writers take such an openly critical look at the work they are doing. Videos of classroom activities are shown to the participants of the three countries involved for feedback and criticism thereby immensely increasing the diversity of opinion that only one onlooker might achieve. The Japanese are aghast at the severity of the Chinese classroom regimen initially but impressed after a passage of 20 years and phenomenal change in Chinese society. The Chinese are aghast at the lax attitude of the Japanese teachers, offering readers great insight into the decision making processes of both countries. It reveals much and I admire all those involved in delving into the originals of culture, social expectations and organization that these books reveal.
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I read this for a Master's level education course on Culture. It was a wonderful resource and a great way to start off the semester in thinking about the impact of culture on preschool education
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The very interesting book provides a valuable update to the preschools of China, Japan, and the US. It details dramatic changes as well as enduring beliefs and practices 20 years later, reflecting the cultural and educational philosophies of each country. This is a wonderful vehicle for understanding how culture and the passage of time influence a country's preschools. I applaud Tobin, Hsueh, and Karasawa!
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