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We are delighted to invite Prof Yuri, Prof Sasaki, Prof Fukuda and Prof Nakanishi from Japan to talk about their recent research studies in Arts Education. Please join us!

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Globalization, Education and Music Culture: A Comparative Study of Japan, Thailand and Taiwan  By Yuri Ishii

The purpose of this study is to investigate the role of school education in the process of the cultural globalization in Asian countries through the cases of music culture and education in Japan, Thailand and Taiwan, which have quite different experience in the process of modernizing musical culture through school education.  For this purpose, the contrasting approaches to the Western music culture by these countries in the past, particularly in relation to school education, are introduced first.  Then the focus shifts to the outcomes of these approaches and how contemporary Japanese, Thai and Taiwanese people actually perceive their musical culture is discussed. The study tries to find out a possible answer to this question through the analysis of a questionnaire-based study conducted in these countries.

Yuri Ishii is a Professor in the Faculty of Education, Yamaguchi University, Japan.  She studied comparative education at the Institute of Education, University of London and international education and development at Teachers College, Columbia University.  She was awarded a Ph.D. in comparative education from University of London in 1995.  She has been teaching courses on education for intercultural understanding in a pre-service teacher education program at Yamaguchi University since 1997. Her current research interests are comparative studies of school curriculum policies and the influence of cultural globalization on school education and people’s cultural identity. 


The Research of the Influence of Western Culture and Development of Originalities in Asian Art Education By  Sasaki Tsukasa, Fukada Takamasa & Nakanishi Saori

The main purpose of our research study is to reveal how Asian countries had accepted the western art and education systems, and modified them to suite each indigenous culture and social background for art education. We focused on the two types of westernization for art education; 1) Korea and Taiwan which absorbed the modern western art culture through Japan in colonial era, 2) Singapore which had been modernized and westernized by British Empire. We'll examine the details of the processes in which the art education had been developed through the interaction and relevance between the western and indigenous culture in these countries.

Sasaki Tsukasa is a professor in the department of art education, Hokkaido University of Education, Kushiro Campus, Japan. Sasaki has a BA of Education (Hokkaido University of Education) and is Involved in the research of art education in Asia with Prof. Fukuda Takamasa (Yamaguchi University, Japan) since 1995.

Fukuda Takamasa is a professor in the department of art education, Faculty of Education, and the former director of the Graduate School of East Asian Studies, Yamaguchi University, Japan. Fukuda has a M.A.(Tokyo University of Education) and PhD. (Yamaguchi University), and has been Involved in the research of art education in Asia, especially in Singapore for 30 years.


Role and Effect of Language Used by Noh Masters in Noh Lessons: Implications of “Waza Gengo” By  Nakanishi Saori

The aim of this study is to examine the role and the effect of language, terms or expressions used by Noh masters in Noh lessons, trying to give a descriptive explanation about the process of learning Noh performance, according to Waza Gengo (craft language). Masters of Japanese traditional music or traditional performing arts do not usually give detailed verbal instructions in the lessons. Using special language which is different from logical, specific instructions, masters urge pupils to go through the process of learning through their own bodies so that they can continue to find out how to perform. Here I will show several examples of language used by Noh Masters from three points of view, instructions by specific explanations, instructions by metaphorical expression, and instructions by action-directed language.

Nakanishi Saori is a lecturer at Hokkaido University of Education, Kushiro Campus. She finished her BA at the Department of English, Tsuda College, and finished her BA, MA and Ph.D. at the Faculty of Music, Tokyo University of the Arts (Tokyo Geijutsu Daigaku). Her special field of study is musicology, music education, and her major research interest is learning Waza (skill) in Noh.


12 March 2014
10.30- 11.30am, NIE 03-02-18 (Blk 3, Level 2, Rm 18), National Institute of Education, 1 Nanyang Walk

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