Liberal Education in Japan: Deweyan Experiments

By Kyoko Inoue and Richard B. Muller.

Published by The Learner, a book imprint by Common Ground Publishing

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Book: Electronic $US15.00
Book: Print $US40.00

The Japanese liberal education movement, which flourished during the years 1915-30, was a spontaneous upsurge of experimentation with new methods of teaching, many of which resembled the ideas of John Dewey. This book, the first work in English about the movement, is notable because it discusses Japanese liberal education in the light of Dewey’s educational theories. After tracing the historical and social context of the movement, it describes the ideas and practices of Oikawa Heiji and Hani Motoko, two of the most prominent educators, and those of other important educational figures. The book illustrates the similarities and differences between these ideas and practices and those recommended by Dewey.

Keywords: Education, Japan, John Dewey

Book: Electronic (PDF File; 7.634MB). Book: Print (Paperback). Published by The Learner, a book imprint by Common Ground Publishing, Champaign, Illinois.

Dr. Kyoko Inoue

Professor Emerita, Department of English, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL, USA

Kyoko Inoue first came to the United States from Japan to study at San Jose State University, where she earned her B.A. in 1956. After working as a child’s librarian in Brooklyn for a year, she returned to Japan and taught English. Nine years later, she resumed her academic studies at the University of Hawaii. After earning an M.A. in Teaching English as a Second Language in 1968, she studied linguistics at the University of Michigan. She received her Ph.D. in theoretical linguistics in 1975, and in the same year, joined the Linguistics Department at the University of Illinois, Chicago, where she taught theoretical linguistics, sociolinguistics and English syntax until her retirement in 2007. Drawing on her experience in living between two cultures, she has written two other books on the way in which the Japanese have understood and developed American ideas: MacArthur’s Japanese Constitution: A Linguistic and Cultural Study of Its Making, and Individual Dignity in Modern Japanese Thought: The Evolution of the Concept of Jinkaku in Moral and Educational Discourse.

Richard B. Muller

Richard B. Muller has been an academic and a lawyer. After graduating from Harvard in 1961, he received his Ph.D in political science, with a concentration in political philosophy, from Indiana University in 1969. From 1965 to 1978, he taught political science at several universities, including Indiana University, Colgate and finally Bowling Green State University. He then switched careers to study law and received a J.D. From the University of Chicago in 1981. He practiced law until his retirement in 2007.

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