Education as a concept has long been taken for granted. Most people immediately think of schools and colleges, of classes and exams. This volume aims to highlight non-formal education (NFE) in its various forms across different historical and cultural contexts. Contributors draw upon their experience as educators and researchers in comparative education and sociology to elucidate, compare, and critique NFE in Asia, Europe, Latin America, and the USA.
By mapping out NFE’s forms, functions, and dynamics, this volume gives us the opportunity to reflect on the myriad iterations of education to challenge preconceived limitations in the field of education research. Only by expanding the focus beyond that of traditional schooling arrangements can we work towards a more sustainable future and improved lifelong learning.
This book will appeal to researchers interested in non-formal education and comparative education.
Table of Contents
List of contributors
Introduction: Dynamics and Analysis from Non-formal Education (Hideki MARUYAMA & Miyuki OHTA)
Part 1: Dynamics of Non-formal Education
Chapter 1: Recognition of NFE in Japanese Strong Formal School System (Hideki MARUYAMA)
Chapter 2: Equivalent to Formal Education or Rethinking Education through a Lens of Non-Formal Education: Case Studies of Equivalency Programs in Asia (Chiho OHASHI & Abid Hussain ABID)
Chapter 3: Adult Education Focusing on Literacy: A Comparative Analysis of Three Models in Brasilia (Kimiko NII)
Chapter 4: Alternative Education by Homeschooling in the USA (Tülay KAYA)
Chapter 5: School for Their Own: Experiences of Ethnic and Religious Minorities in Japan and European Countries (Reiko MIHARA)
Part 2: Width and Depth of Non-formal Education
Chapter 6: Lifelong Learning and Evaluation Process for Sustainable Futures (Hideki MARUYAMA & Aki YONEHARA)
Chapter 7: Non-formal Education for Social Work in Faith-based and Religious Organizations (Reiko MIHARA)
Chapter 8: Pedagogy for Gender and Sexual Diversity (Miyuki OHTA)
Chapter 9: Non-Formal Education for Life, Survival and Living Together (Chiho OHASHI)
Chapter 10: Educational Settings for the Locality (Miyuki OHTA)
Hideki Maruyama is an Associate Professor of Faculty of Global Studies at Sophia University and a research fellow of National Institute for Educational Policy Research (NIER) of the Japanese Government. His main research is education for sustainability and sustainable development (ESD), and his publications in Japan are The Possibility of Non-Formal Education (2013), Non-Formal Education of Transnational Immigrants (2016), and Comparative and International Education (2019). He has been studying lifelong learning of Muslim immigrants in Europe and educational programs of the UNESCO network in Europe and Asia. He has taught comparative and international education, non-formal education and informal learning, education policy and international cooperation, and sustainable development at many universities.