Japanese High School Students Passive in Studies: Survey (News)


Tokyo, March 13 (Jiji Press)—Japanese high school students have a passive attitude toward their studies, compared with US, Chinese and South Korean students, a survey showed Monday.

According to the survey by the National Institution for Youth Education, 91.2% of Japanese respondents think their classes are designed to have students memorize contents of textbooks, the second-largest group by nationality, behind only China.

Meanwhile, 16.6% of Japanese respondents answered their classes require them to do their own research, write reports and make presentations while 11.9% noted they do group learning and discussions. Both figures are the smallest of the four countries.

On attitudes and behavior during classes, 79.4% of Japanese students diligently took notes, but 15.0% fell asleep during classes, the largest national groups for both categories. The proportions of Japanese students positively participating in group work and speaking out stood lowest, at 23.5% and 3.7%, respectively.

The survey was conducted between September and November last year on students at ordinary high schools in the four countries, with valid responses given by 7,854.

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