Two wheels, one destination...cognitive and noncognitive, subjects and non-subjects are both important for developing the whole child.
The Japanese website for the Research Group for Global Educators Tokkatsu Project was created to inform Japanese educators about some of the developments that are taking place in relation to the Japanese tokkatsu model of schooling internationally, and to help create a network of educators who can collaborate globally. The research group also supports the development of teaching material and cross-national research collaborations, and holds periodical meetings for members to share information.
The Tokkatsu webside provides information on the Japanese holistic model in English, Arabic, and Chinese.
The Japanese curriculum includes both subjects and nonsubjects, cognitive and noncognitive learning in the official curriculum. The period of tokkatsu is symbolic of this holistic framework, and includes classroom activites such as discussion and school lunch, student councils, school events, etc. The practices are generated by the co-learning of educators (lesson study), and shows an example of how subjects and nonsubjects (especially nonsubject experiential learning) takes place.
A major implication of tokkatsu other than as an example of a holistic framework , is that it is one example of how education can remake "tradition" (in this case a tradition from a non-western Asian culture), to address contemporary goals such as the holistic development and empowerment of children, and the advancement of democracy. It is our hope that exchange between members will lead to new ideas/practices on how "culture" can be used to empower education--for various societies, as well as for disadvantaged cultural groups within societies.