The Practice of Japanese-Style Education in India Considering Diversity: A Study of Students in Private Schools

Michiko Ishikawa Panch. Ramalingam
Tokyo University and Graduate Studies, Japan. Pondicherry University, Puducherry, India
M Kamal Uddin Hitomi Kuwayama
University of Dhaka, Bangladesh Handa Agricultural High School, Japan


The aim of this study was to research Japanese-style education that recognizes
diversity: a two-hour classroom management lesson was conducted with 15-year-old
Indian private school students on the theme ‘Indian-style classrooms, Japanese-style
classrooms and supporting each other’s classmates. The students’ worksheet
descriptions were analyzed using the KJ method (categorizing descriptions). The results
showed that the pupils felt that Japan and India have friendly relations and that Japanese
education has potential in India. They also listed ‘strengths’ as education, ability to
take action, confidence and belief, positive thinking, and support for family and friends.
The verbalization of strengths could lead to teachers’ understanding of their students
and mutual understanding between them.

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