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"Good Guys Don't Wear Hats": Children's Talk About The Media
Exploring how children make sense of media representations of race, sex, violence and class, this text demonstrates how the meanings they impose depend on the local contexts in which they live. ItExpand
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Preschool in Three Cultures: Japan, China, and the United States.
A comparison of Japanese, Chinese and American preschools, discussing how these schools both reflect and affect philosophies of child-rearing and early childhood education and larger social patternsExpand
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Preschool in Three Cultures Revisited: China, Japan, and the United States.
Published twenty years ago, the original "Preschool in Three Cultures" was a landmark in the study of education: a profoundly enlightening exploration of the different ways preschoolers are taught inExpand
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Quality in Early Childhood Education: An Anthropologist's Perspective
I use examples from my ethnographic work on early childhood education and care settings in Japan and France to demonstrate that quality standards are cultural constructs and to question theExpand
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The Irony of Self-Expression
  • J. Tobin
  • Sociology
  • American Journal of Education
  • 1 May 1995
By placing familiar American early childhood educational practices such as sharing time and process writing alongside unfamiliar approaches used in Japan, this article attempts to deconstruct theExpand
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Visual anthropology and multivocal ethnography: A dialogical approach to Japanese preschool class size
Several years ago my colleagues [1] and I were struggling to find an appropriate approach for studying Japanese, Chinese, and United States preschools when we attended a screening of a pair ofExpand
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Re-made in Japan : everyday life and consumer taste in a changing society
Introduction - domesticating the west the "Depaato" - merchandising the west while selling "Japaneseness" "For Beautiful Human Life" - the use of English in Japan tractors, TV, and telephones - reachExpand
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The Poetics and Pleasures of Video Ethnography of Education
The central argument of this chapter is that in thinking about the uses of video in educational research, we should break free of educational videos’ roots in instructional films and observationalExpand
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The Japanese Preschool's Pedagogy of Feeling: Cultural Strategies for Supporting Young Children's Emotional Development
Abstract Among the lessons to be learned in Japanese preschool is how to experience, present, and respond to feelings. We suggest that the feeling most emphasized in Japanese preschools is sabishiisaExpand
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