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Manabi and Japanese Schooling
Beyond Learning in the Era of Globalisation

ISBN 9780815354673
Published March 18, 2020 by Routledge
162 Pages

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Book Description

Manabi and Japanese Schooling: Beyond Learning in the Era of Globalisation considers the theory and practices behind the Japanese concept of Manabi, particularly as the progressive concept of learning in the globalised world. It seeks to provide educational visions of Manabi as an alternative concept of learning in the era of post-globalisation.

The authors derive different perspectives in Manabi from Eastern philosophy, clarifying and comparing with learning and Bildung to give alternative educational discourses. It considers the idea of Confucius and Taoism and studies the practice of minna, characterising it as a cooperative and peaceful problem-solving method. Addressing the trend of ‘learnification’ and its contribution to educational reform, it explores the impacts, conflicts and difficulties of introducing learner-centred education into East Asian educational settings as well as the potential of Manabi as an effective tool for all types of learning.

Expertly written and researched, this book includes a foreword by Gert Biesta and is a valuable resource for researchers, academics and postgraduate students in the field of educational philosophy, educational theory and Eastern philosophy.

Table of Contents

Introduction Gert J. J. Biesta



Part I The Concept of Manabi

Chapter 1 The Thought of Manabi: Learning in the Age of Globalisation Reconsidered

Masamichi Ueno

Chapter 2 The Analysis of Manabi: Learning towards Nothingness and Selflessness

Yasunori Kashiwagi

Chapter 3 Body and Mind in Manabi: Focusing on Kata and Shuyo

Tomoya Saito

Part II Practices of Manabi

Chapter 4 The Resonance of Minna's Voice in Japanese Schooling

Kayo Fujii

Chapter 5 Inclusiveness in/of Manabi

Taku Murayama

Chapter 6 Practices of Manabi in School

Yasunori Kashiwagi


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Masamichi Ueno is Professor of Education at Sophia University, Japan.

Yasunori Kashiwagi is Professor of Early Childhood Care and Education at Chiba Keizai College, Japan.

Kayo Fujii is Associate Professor of Education at Yokohama National University, Japan.

Tomoya Saito is Professor of Education at Kokugakuin University, Japan.

Taku Murayama is Associate Professor of Special Needs Education at Tokyo Gakugei University, Japan.


'This book provides inspiring and various interpretations of manabi crossing East-West boundaries, in theory and in practice. For those who are interested in ‘learning’ in East Asian and global contexts, this book is a must-read.'

Ruyu Hung, Distinguished Professor, National Chiayi University, Taiwan.

'The subject of “Manabi” is nearly unknown in the western educational discourse. It opens up an opportunity to develop a greater appreciation for traditional Japanese educational theory and educational practice and their historical roots. The authors show us how Buddhist culture of ZEN influenced teaching concepts in school. The “didactic” of the book is grounded in a comparison between Western and Japanese concepts of learning and Bildung, which facilitates access to understanding Japanese ideas of learning and development.'

Uwe Uhlendorff, Professor, Dortmund University, Germany.