April 3, 2006
April 8 symposium on Japanese education,
immigration, reform, and human rights
Leading scholars from Japan and the United States will discuss
Japanese education, immigration, reform, and human rights during
a symposium on Saturday, April 8.
Nine Japanese scholars will be joined by about 50 specialists
from the United States whose research focuses on the evolving
educational and economic underpinnings of Japanese society.
The symposium is being organized by June Gordon, an associate
professor of education at UCSC, and Gerald LeTendre, associate
professor of Educational Theory and Policy at Pennsylvania State
University. The event will take place at UC Berkeley's Alumni
Center from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The content of the symposium, "Challenges to Japanese
Education: Economics, Reform, and Human Rights," will be
published in English and Japanese. The leading publisher on
human rights issues in Japan, Akashi Shoten, is sending a representative.
Featured discussants include Harumi Befu, George DeVos, and
Thomas Rholen. A representative of the San Francisco Consulate
will also attend, said Gordon.
Presentations will cover topics that include school cultures
and the college entrance exam in Japan; education reform and
teacher professionalism in an age of globalization; policy changes
in the distribution of resources; the education of minorities
in Japan; career decision making and support for low-income
students; and the school experiences of Burakumin women.
The symposium will be followed by a reception at the UCB Faculty
Club. Cosponsors of the symposium include the UCB Institute
of East Asian Studies, Center for Japanese Studies, International
and Area Studies, and Graduate School of Education; Stanford
University's Center for East Asian Studies; and Penn State's
College of Education.