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Title: Something old, something new, something borrowed, and something Froebel? The development of origami in early childhood education in Japan
Contributor(s): Nishida, Yukiyo  (author)
Publication Date: 2019
Early Online Version: 2019-01-15
DOI: 10.1080/00309230.2018.1546330
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Field of Research (FoR) 2008: 220202 History and Philosophy of Education
130102 Early Childhood Education (excl. Maori)
Field of Research (FoR) 2020: 390202 History and philosophy of education
390302 Early childhood education
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2008: 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2020: 280109 Expanding knowledge in education
280114 Expanding knowledge in Indigenous studies
Abstract: This study examines how origami has been implemented, practised, and developed in the early childhood education of Japan over the past 140 years. Historically speaking, paper-folding has been part of Japanese symbolic art, craft culture, and religious ceremonial artefacts since paper and paper-folding techniques were first imported from China during the seventh century. By the eighteenth century, paper-folding provided a form of mass entertainment in Japanese society. During the 1870s, paper-folding was dramatically transformed into a pedagogical tool within Japanese kindergartens after Friedrich Froebel’s (1782–1852) kindergarten system and its curriculum was transferred to Japan from the West. “Papier-Falten” (paper-folding) comprised an element of Froebel’s Occupations – which was a series of handiwork activities – in his kindergarten curriculum, whereby various folding techniques and models were derived from European traditional paper-folding and introduced into a Japanese kindergarten curriculum that was associated with the concept of Froebel’s kindergarten. Particularly seen in early childhood education in Japan, what we now call origami developed as a new form of paper-folding. This gradually emerged through the marriage of Western (German) and Eastern (Japanese) paper-folding cultures. The study highlights the benefits and uniqueness of cultural transmission and transformation when developing origami in early childhood education in Japan.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Paedagogica Historica, 55(4), p. 529-547
Publisher: Routledge
Place of Publication: United Kingdom
ISSN: 0030-9230
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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