Doing Moral Education: Between State Policy and School Practice

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2022-03-25

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Association for Asian Studies (USA)

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Peer reviewed

Abstract

Moral education is one of the most controversial areas of Japanese education, and has recently been the subject of reform part of a suite of nation-building policies. However, the basis of knowledge about moral education based on policy studies overlooks the agency and political awareness of teachers and school administrators, who combine scepticism, indifference and appreciation toward aspects of moral education, experienced as everyday practice. Whilst policy debates, curriculum and textbook represent a mature body of research, even baseline studies of moral educating in the classroom or grounded in the teacher's room are scarce. This individual paper explores how teachers and school administrators make sense of moral education and its reform in the space between policy and practice. It aims to better understand (1) what changes are made to moral education practice locally, and how does this compare to the expectations of national policy; (2) how teachers mediate the implementation of national moral education reforms; (3) the changing roles of the boards of education and Ministry of Education in policy enactment; and (4) the theoretical implications for moral education and policy enactment.

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Japanese education, Policy practice gap, Organizational theory, dotoku

Citation

Bamkin, S. (2022) Doing Moral Education: Between State Policy and School Practice. Presentation at the AAS National Conference, Honolulu, USA. 25th Mar.

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Institute for Research in Criminology, Community, Education and Social Justice