Disability and Development: A Case Study of Japanese Children at School by Misa Kayama

Disability and Development: A Case Study of Japanese Children at School

byMisa Kayama, Wendy Haight

Hardcover | October 16, 2013

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This book examines Japanese cultural beliefs about disability and related socialization practices as they impact the experiences of elementary school-aged children. Physical and mental conditions which impair children's functioning are universal issues impacting child welfare and educationalsystems around the world. While the American approach is well understood and represented in the literature, cultures differ in which physical and mental conditions are considered "disabling". Currently, the Japanese educational system is in transition as public schools implement formal special education services for childrenwith developmental disabilities. "Developmental disabilities" is a new term used by Japanese educators to categorize a variety of relatively minor social and cognitive conditions caused by neurologically based deficits: learning disabilities such as dyslexia, ADHD, and Asperger's Syndrome. Childrenwho were once considered "difficult" or "slow learners" are now considered to be "disabled" and in need of special services. This transition created an excellent opportunity to explore Japanese beliefs about disability that might otherwise have remained unexamined by participants, and how theseevolving beliefs and new socialization and educational practices impact children's experiences.

About The Author

Misa Kayama, PhD, is a postdoctoral associate at the School of Social Work, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. Wendy Haight, PhD, is Professor and Gamble-Skogmo Chair at the School of Social Work, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.

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Title:Disability and Development: A Case Study of Japanese Children at SchoolFormat:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:October 16, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199970823

ISBN - 13:9780199970827

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Table of Contents

1. Raising children with disabilities, and their peers at a Japanese public elementary school2. Research program3. The history and policies of Japanese special education4. Children's daily lives at Greenleaf Elementary School5. How educators support the parents of children with developmental disabilities6. How educators support children with developmental disabilities and their peers7. Children's and parents' experiences of disability as they transition into special education8. Implications: A cross cultural conversation