Diversity in Japanese Education

  • Naoko Araki

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-v
  2. Charles Kowalski
    Pages 43-63
  3. Mary Frances Agnello
    Pages 103-116
  4. Joe Sykes
    Pages 117-130
  5. Jo Raphael
    Pages 131-145
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 147-150

About this book


No one is born fully-formed: it is through self-experience in the world that we become what we are. – Paulo Freire Diversity in Japanese Education explores ‘self-experience’ of individual learners and educators in Japan. The word ‘diversity’ is not limited to one’s ethnic background. Here, diversity refers to one’s pedagogical experiences and life experiences; to the norms, beliefs and values that impact such relations. These experiences and relations are fluid as they are shaped and reshaped in global and glocal settings. They are also reflected in praxis of English language learning and teaching in Japan. The authors’ educational backgrounds vary but they all share the common ground of being educators in Japan. Through being involved in learning and/or teaching English language in Japan, they have witnessed and experienced ‘diversity’ in their own pedagogical context. The book focuses on shifting critical and reflexive eyes on qualitative studies of pedagogical experiences rather than presenting one ‘fixed’ view of Japanese education.


Japanese education diversity pedagogical experience English as an additional language praxis

Editors and affiliations

  • Naoko Araki
    • 1
  1. 1.Akita International UniversityJapan

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