An International Comparison of School Children’s Awareness, Attitudes and Motivation towards “Making Things” (mono- zukuri ) in England and Japan (in both school and everyday life) for Japanese and British children. The study covered a total of 12,531 Japanese children in 50 schools and 1,914 British children in 15 schools. The research was carried out using a written questionnaire.
The results were as follows:
- British children showed a higher awareness than Japanese children of the value of making things
- British children displayed a higher degree of self-esteem for making things than Japanese children
- Japanese children showed a higher degree of autonomy in making things than British children
- Greater experience of making things from an early age may heighten children’s interest in work
- The experience of making things in childhood is quite important for development and motivation.