Intense Years

Intense Years : How Japanese Adolescents Balance School, Family and Friends

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This volume examines the lives of young adolescents in Japanese middle schools, focusing on the dynamics of school, family, and social life, and explores the change from child to adolescent that takes place in the middle school more

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  • Paperback | 152 pages
  • 152 x 229mm | 281g
  • Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1138992569
  • 9781138992566

About Gerald K. LeTendre

Gerald Letendre is Assistant Professor, Educational Policy, Pennsylvania State. He has most recently published (with Thomas Rohlen) Teaching and Learning in Japan (Cambridge U P, 1996). He received his Ph.D. in education from Stanford University and his M.A. in sociology from Stanford as well. Rebecca Fukuzawa received a Ph.D. in Anthropology from Northwestern University and is currently Lecturer at Tokyo more

Table of contents

The Context of Schooling 1. Life in the Classroom; 2. The Academic Curriculum; 3. The Social Curriculum: Counselling, Guidance, and Planning for the Future; Peer Relations and Maturation. 1. Peers and Friendships: Groups and Expanding Social Networks (Committees, Clubs, Events); 2. Girls and Boys: Development of Gender Differences; 3. Adjustment: Problems In School and Out; Relations With Adults 1. Teachers and Coaches; 2. Parents, Families and their Relation to School; 3. Exams, Juku, and the Pressure to Advance in School; Conclusion: A Question of Balance Appendix I: Field Sites and Data Collection; Appendix II: Japanese Termsshow more