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Survey: High schoolers passive toward studies

Jiji Press TOKYO (Jiji Press) — Japanese high school students have a passive attitude toward their studies, compared with U.S., Chinese and South Korean students, a recent survey showed.

According to the survey by the National Institution for Youth Education, 91.2 percent 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 percent of Japanese respondents answered their classes require them to do their own research, write reports and make presentations, while 11.9 percent noted they do group learning and discussions. Both figures are the smallest of the four countries.

On attitudes and behavior during classes, 79.4 percent of Japanese students diligently took notes, but 15 percent 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 percent and 3.7 percent, 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.

It also found that Japanese students tend most to study only before exams and least to think on their own, make practical application of things they have learned and try different methods.

Furthermore, Japanese students proved to be less accustomed to using spreadsheet software, creating and upgrading websites and writing computer programs than U.S., Chinese and South Korean students.Speech

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