Micro Review: Japanese Education in an Era of Globalization, Gary DeCorker & Christopher Bjork, Eds.

This post will be the first in a series of micro-reviews/ reflections on a collection of essays I recently got my hands on:

Japanese Education in an Era of Globalization: Culture, Politics, and Equity

Japanese Education in an Era of Globalization: Culture, Politics, and Equity, edited by Gary DeCorker and Christopher Bjork.

For a couple of years now I have been working off and on on a research project focused on Japanese teachers and schools which have worked against the grain of the Japanese Ministry of Education (Monbukagakusho or MEXT).  I picked up this title because it focuses on the contemporary moment in Japanese Education history, and a couple of specific initiatives (like the Super Global High School Program) that I am interested in placing in deeper historical context.

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As I write this my son and daughter are running around, having finished breakfast– both vying for my attention, as their mother is on her way to work.  This effort (my first in a while) at more academic writing comes in the midst of some of my most challenging efforts at parenting as well.  But hopefully this series of reviews will be a step toward a doctoral program and a career in history of education research and teacher education.  I just need to learn how to walk and chew gum at the same time.

To be continued.