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April 09, 2010

Survey: Japanese students like text-centered classes and don't want to talk in class

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In a new survey carried out by the Japan Youth Research Institute and other groups that compared high school students in Japan, the United States, Korea and China, it was found that Japanese students prefer to have text-centered classes and do not want to talk in class. Click here to see the research results in Japanese.

The Mainichi Shimbun reports: 'The study was carried out from June through November 2009, and queried 6,173 students in the four countries. Some 71.4 percent of Japanese high school students said they liked "Classes where we can learn through precise instruction on textbook content." The rate was also high in China with 64.9 percent, but low in both South Korea and the U.S., with 39.6 percent and 31.2 percent, respectively.

Meanwhile, 91.4 percent of Chinese high school kids said they enjoy classes that put high importance on field trips, followed by the U.S. with 88.6 percent, and South Korea with 77.7 percent. Japanese students were least enthusiastic about trips outside school, at 64.6 percent.

Furthermore, 91.6 percent of Chinese students said they liked classes where they had to talk, compared to 73.4 percent of U.S. students and 52.4 percent of South Korean students. Japanese students were far behind with only 33.4 percent of the high school kids surveyed saying they enjoyed classes where they had to speak their minds.

Japanese students also claimed that only a small minority of mothers and fathers were extremely interested in their grades, at 38.9 percent and 19.5 percent respectively - both the lowest rates among the four countries surveyed.'

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