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Title:Performing Self and Society: Growth and Maturity at a Japanese Junior High School
Author(s):Grimes-Maclellan, Dawn Marie
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Keller, Janet D.
Department / Program:Anthropology
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Education, Secondary
Abstract:This study brings us inside a contemporary public junior high school in Kobe, Japan, providing a window on students' everyday experiences and struggles with growing up and learning the principles and responsibilities of becoming a member of Japanese adult society. On the one hand demonstrating teachers' ethnopedagogical schema of curriculum and pedagogy that is strongly linked to cultural notions of developmental readiness, this study on the other hand explores how student participation in an increasingly complex series of lessons, activities, and practices shape their identities over time as junior high school students and as members of Japanese society. Social discourses and conditions in broader society emerge in teacher practice and surface in students' conversations and writings that offer glimpses of how they see themselves and their futures vis-a-vis these received views. As they navigate between the worlds of school and of broader society, school events such as school excursions and "Let's Try Week" challenge students to extend concepts of selfhood by providing opportunities for performing emerging concepts of self and society outside the school perimeter.
Issue Date:2008
Description:370 p.
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2008.
Other Identifier(s):(MiAaPQ)AAI3314780
Date Available in IDEALS:2015-09-25
Date Deposited:2008

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