Vulnerability as a gear for school reform: a case of Mr. Toshiaki Ose

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Since the turn of the twenty-first century, the Japanese education system has consistently kept to pace with global economic, social and cultural forces. Nonetheless, Japanese society is currently facing a wide range of challenges such as social security problems, environmental issues, difficulty in sustaining economic vitality, widening regional disparities, socioeconomic disparities, and security issues. At the heart of the challenge is to recover bonds between people and reconstruct communities. Hence, education serves to develop students holistically, and with the ability to be independent yet having a sense of public duty and participation in the formation of society and country. This chapter argues for greater awareness and acceptance of the notion of ‘vulnerability’ in students, teachers and leaders as a means of coping with the increasing demands within the context of educational, societal and policy changes, albeit through a case study of one peculiar Japanese school leader.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPerspectives on School Leadership in Asia Pacific Contexts
EditorsSalleh Hairon, Jonathan Wee Pin Goh
Place of PublicationSingapore Singapore
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9789813291607
ISBN (Print)9789813291584
Publication statusPublished - 2019

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