Frog Boy and the American Monkey: the Body in Japanese Early Schooling

  • Daniel J. Walsh
Part of the Landscapes: the Arts, Aesthetics, and Education book series (LAAE, volume 3)


Working within the general framework of cultural psychology (e.g., Bruner, 1996; Cole, 1996; Shweder et al., 1998), I am particularly interested in how the self is differently construed and constructed across cultures (e.g., Kitayama & Markus, 1999, 2000; Markus & Kitayama, 1991). Markus, writing in Shweder et al. (1998), described the self as “where the individual, the biological entity, becomes a meaningful entity—a person, a participant in social worlds. Although the experience of self may appear as primarily individual creations, they are in several ways also cultural and historical constructions” (p. 895). This chapter explores the development of a physical self in Japanese early schooling.


Early Childhood Education Early Schooling Japanese Child American Educational Research Association Inside Activity 
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