Educational reforms after the Asia-Pacific War brought a strong emphasis on equality into Japanese compulsory education, in terms of provision, pedagogy, and participation. The effects upon post-war Japanese society have been profound, ranging from a dramatic levelling of differences in academic attainment to a sense of national identity as a broadly homogenous society. In contrast, educational structures and policies in post-compulsory education have emphasized differentiation over equality, resulting in fierce competition for educational credentials. This tension between equality during compulsory education and competition in post-compulsory education has been crucial in the shaping of post-war Japanese society.
|Title of host publication||Reconsidering Postwar Japanese History|
|Subtitle of host publication||A Handbook|
|Place of Publication||Amsterdam|
|Publisher||Amsterdam University Press|
|Number of pages||16|
|Publication status||Published - 15 Jul 2023|
- education, Japan, postwar