Posted on Jun 08 , 2012 in Current Conferences & Action Research

An International Comparison of School Children’s Awareness, Attitudes and Motivation towards “Making Things” (mono- zukuri ) in England and Japan

Action Research refereed paper | Kosaku Doi | June 2012

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An International Comparison of School Children’s Awareness, Attitudes and Motivation towards “Making Things” (mono- zukuri ) in England and Japan

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:

  1. British children showed a higher awareness than Japanese children of the value of making things
  2. British children displayed a higher degree of self-esteem for making things than Japanese children
  3. Japanese children showed a higher degree of autonomy in making things than British children
  4. Greater experience of making things from an early age may heighten children’s interest in work
  5. The experience of making things in childhood is quite important for development and motivation.

An International Comparison of School Children’s Awareness, Attitudes and Motivation towards “Making Things” (mono- zukuri ) in England and Japan

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