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High-Stakes SchoolingWhat We Can Learn from Japan's Experiences with Testing, Accountability, and Education Reform$
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Christopher Bjork

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780226309385

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226309552.001.0001

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High-Stakes Schooling

Christopher Bjork

University of Chicago Press

Chapter one introduces the global political setting of the debates surrounding best education practices. Arguments for standardized testing and austere accountability measures are clashing with those more in favor of relaxed and student-centered education practices. Regarded as a world leader in education only a few decades ago, Japan is now embroiled in the debate and searching for answers. As policies in favor of yutori kyoiku, or relaxed education, trickle down to individual Japanese schools, the complex nature of the interaction between policy and practice is illuminated.

Keywords:   Japan, education practice, standardized testing, accountability measures, relaxed education, Japanese schools, policy and practice

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