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Table of ContentsPart 1 Introduction: Social Challenges to the IT Revolution in Japanese Education Part 2 Reluctant Providers, Hesitant Users: IT Support Services Chapter 3 A Nationwide Assessment of IT Implementation in Higher Education Chapter 4 The Unbearable Lightness of Being an IT Service Provider: A Case Study Chapter 5 No Faculty Service Stations on the Information Highway: A Case Study Chapter 6 Do IT Yourself: Short-circuits in Technical Support Services Chapter 7 Social and Structural Barriers to the IT Revolution in High-Tech Industries Part 8 Open Circuits and Closed Doors: Institutional Barriers Chapter 9 Cyberstructure, Society, and Education in Japan Chapter 10 Barriers to Educational Use of the Internet in a Japanese University Chapter 11 Lessons from a Program to Develop Faculty IT Skills Chapter 12 Developing a University Website: A Webmaster's Perspective Chapter 13 Implementing IT in the "Perfect Bureaucracy" Part 14 Pedagogy: More than Technology Chapter 15 Teaching, Learning, and Computing in Japan and the United States Chapter 16 The Significance of Off-line Learning for On-line Projects Chapter 17 On-line Technology Isn't Enough: Transforming the Teacher-Student Learning Process Chapter 18 Three Critical Gaps in Computer Literacy Chapter 19 Technology and the Tyranny of Tradition in Japanese Higher Education Part 20 Conclusion: Technology and the Status Quo: The Paradox of Reform
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"Since Japan has promoted IT more intensively than almost any other country, and is itself a leading producer, it is telling that actual implementation has been slow. Jane Bachnik and her colleagues find the reasons not just in bureaucracy and individual intransigence, but in deeper social contradictions. The analyses in this book not only inform our understanding of IT and of Japanese society, but illuminate the relationship between culture and the pressure for practical change in any context.
Don't be fooled by the title of this book. Although its theme is Japanese education, it is in fact much more: a far-reaching and critical analysis of the central "tensions"and "paradoxes" facing contemporary Japan—technology versus culture and social structure, plan versus implementation and results, individual versus organization and state, etc. Read this important book to understand the "roadblocks," both intentioned and unintentioned, that can impede social, political, and economic reform in Japan.