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Liberal Arts Education and Colleges in East Asia

Possibilities and Challenges in the Global Age

  • Insung Jung
  • Mikiko Nishimura
  • Toshiaki Sasao

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Insung Jung
    Pages 1-12
  3. Insung Jung, Mikiko Nishimura, Toshiaki Sasao
    Pages 179-191
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 193-206

About this book


This book discusses liberal arts education and liberal arts colleges in the context of East Asia, specifically focusing on Japan, China and S. Korea where it has become an emerging issue in higher education in recent years. It first explores the development, concepts and challenges of liberal arts education and liberal arts colleges in East Asia. It then delineates the implications of the best practices of selected liberal arts colleges inside and outside East Asia, and offers policy and pedagogical guidelines for the future of liberal arts colleges and programs in East Asia and beyond.  


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Editors and affiliations

  • Insung Jung
    • 1
  • Mikiko Nishimura
    • 2
  • Toshiaki Sasao
    • 3
  1. 1.International Christian UniversityMitaka-shiJapan
  2. 2.International Christian UniversityMitaka-shiJapan
  3. 3.International Christian UniversityMitaka-shiJapan

About the editors

Insung JUNG is Professor of Education at the International Christian University, Japan`s first and foremost liberal arts college located in Tokyo. She has a long record of teaching and research in instructional design and technology. She has served as a consultant and researcher to international organizations including UNESCO, the World Bank, APEC, the Asian Development Bank, and the International Development Research Centre. She is coauthor or coeditor of these recent publications including Distance and blended learning in Asia (Routledge); Quality assurance and accreditation in distance education and e-learning (Routledge); and Culture and online learning: Global perspectives and research (Stylus).

Mikiko NISHIMURA is Senior Associate Professor of Sociology of Education at the International Christian University. Her research interests include education reforms and policies, community participation and accountability in education, school choice, and gender in education. She has been involved in project formulation, implementation, and evaluation in education and poverty alleviation in various countries, in Asia, Africa, and Latin America. Her recent co-edited books include: Comparative Analysis on Universal Primary Education Policy and Practice in Sub-Saharan Africa: The Cases of Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, and Uganda; and Gender and International Educational Development.

Toshiaki SASAO is Professor of Psychology, Education and Peace Studies at International Christian University. His current research interests include evidence-based social and community interventions in ethnic communities and schools, pedagogical strategies and issues in multicultural contexts, and institutional and individual well-being in schools and communities. Some publication titles include Gang Violence and Substance Abuse: A Multicultural Approach (Sage), Japanese Handbook of Community Psychology (University of Tokyo Press), International Community Psychology (Springer), Critical Readings in Social Psychology (Seishi Shobo Books), An Introduction to Community Psychology (Minerva Books), and Handbook of Community Psychology (American Psychological Association).

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Liberal Arts Education and Colleges in East Asia
  • Book Subtitle Possibilities and Challenges in the Global Age
  • Editors Insung Jung
    Mikiko Nishimura
    Toshiaki Sasao
  • Series Title Higher Education in Asia: Quality, Excellence and Governance
  • Series Abbreviated Title Higher Education in Asia: Quality, Excellence and Governance
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media Singapore 2016
  • Publisher Name Springer, Singapore
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-981-10-0511-4
  • Softcover ISBN 978-981-10-9179-7
  • eBook ISBN 978-981-10-0513-8
  • Series ISSN 2365-6352
  • Series E-ISSN 2365-6360
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XI, 206
  • Number of Illustrations 4 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Higher Education
    International and Comparative Education
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