The influence of socio-cultural constructs on educational praxis in Japan

Bartlett, Kevin Alan ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-7341-7788 The influence of socio-cultural constructs on educational praxis in Japan. Kwansei Gakuin University Humanities Review, 23.

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Abstract

As can be overheard in many offices populated by both Japanese and foreign EFL professionals throughout Japan 'difficulties can arise in the language classroom'(Taguchi & Naganuma, 2006). Part of the reason for this is that education environments and student behaviour are heavily influenced by the socio-cultural constructs of the country in which they are being taught (Pray & Marx, 2010), which is sometimes overlooked or overgeneralised in EFL courses. This paper will provide an overview of the social and cultural constructs that are prevalent in Japanese society based on a contemporary literature analysis; and will explore in what ways these constructs may influence educational praxis, classroom dynamics and teacher/student relations in Japanese educational institutions. Using Bronfenbrenner’s Ecological systems theory as a guiding tool, this paper will provide an overview of the typical Japanese learner, and outline some of the common problems faced by educators at the classroom level in an attempt to provide professional development and reflection opportunities for educators in Japanese high school and University EFL environs.


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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Linguistics, Adult and Specialist Education (1 Jul 2013 - 30 Jun 2019)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Linguistics, Adult and Specialist Education (1 Jul 2013 - 30 Jun 2019)
Date Deposited: 19 May 2020 22:53
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2020 05:20
Uncontrolled Keywords: socio-cultural constructs; educational praxis; EFL; Japan
Fields of Research (2008): 20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2002 Cultural Studies > 200202 Asian Cultural Studies
20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2003 Language Studies > 200303 English as a Second Language
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/38503

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