How the Japanese Learn to Work

How the Japanese Learn to Work

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Japan is regarded as a world leader in the field of education and training for improved economic performance. Yet success in Japan is often achieved by going against what is regarded as ideal practice elsewhere. This book offers the most comprehensive review available in English of the many facets of Japanese vocational education and training. Covering the system from primary education through to in job-training offered by companies, this book provides a detailed study of current practice giving equal emphasis to formal training in explicitly vocational courses, and informal training in factories, shops and offices.
The authors analyse the difference between substantive 'person-changing' training and mere 'ability-labelling.' They raise important questions, such as: To what extent does the need to package skills to provide convenient qualifications distort the actual training given? How efficient is it to rely on professional trainers to certify the acquisition of skills, rather than run separate testing systems?
The authors reveal how, in Japanese companies, employees are strongly motivated by pride in the successful execution of their jobs, and that much company training is carried out by colleagues.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 216 pages
  • 138 x 216 x 22.35mm | 363g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • 2nd New edition
  • 39 Tables, black and white
  • 0415148812
  • 9780415148818

Table of contents

1. The General School System 2. Who Goes Where? 3. Vocational Streams in the Mainline Formal Educational System 4. Post-Secondary, Non-University VET: Public Sector 5. Private Sector Non-University Training Schools 6. Training in the Enterprise 7. Standards and Qualifications 8. The Cost of VET and How it is Shared 9. Policies and Prospects
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Review quote

... provides an impressively thorough account of the vocational training institutions and the multi-faceted system of certification, regulation and standardisation of skills in Japan which ensure that VET is an ongoing process with significant economic benefits.' - International Minds

`Since the Japanese education system is complicated, and the plethora of training courses for all kinds of jobs almost impossible to comprehend, this book has to be commended for its lucid exposition of both.' - Adults Learning
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