Research Activities
Globalization as Standardization: Insulating a Core of Identity
2nd Seminar of Group 3, 2008
■Speaker :William Bradley (Professor, Faculty of Intercultural Communication, Ryukoku University)
■Place :B103-104, Chikou-kan, Seta Campus, Ryukoku University
■Date :14:00-17:00, Thursday, June 5, 2008
■Number :080605
While measures introduced by educational reform in Japan (testing, evaluation and accountability schemes) have, as their façade, a commonality with similar trends in other postindustrial countries, they diverge in their import to create a new Japan. Put simply, while such measures appear to encourage a new individualism and responsibilitization for outcomes devolved to the level of actors concomitant with rewards and punishments, their arbitrary application means that they are either window-dressing and, however contradictorily, selective means for weeding out and exclusion through administrative oversight; in short, mostly punishment within a framework of simulated ‘re-forming’ of curricula, degrees, and standards. As such then, rather than creating a neoliberal risk management, a cognitive framework to which they appear to adhere, the measures alternatively serve as a distraction from the increasing retrenchment of educational adherence to state and vocational aims, and a disguising of the trends and needs of globalizing as standardization.

Focus on reform as a key concept in educational policy is carried out within the constraints of locating Japanese identity as something to be maintained and preserved as well as it is also becoming the insulation against questioning the wider implications of future identities which are contingent on increased risk and threats to the core economic and political stability of the post-bubble consensus in Japan.