Comparative Sociology of 11 to 18 Examinations in Thailand, England, and Japan

Saturday, July 19, 2014: 1:15 PM
Room: 301
Oral Presentation
Fumiya ONAKA , Center for Research in Comparative Sociology, Japan Women’s University, Kanagawa, Japan
This paper proposes a comparison of 11 to 18 examinations and the changes they have undergone in Thailand, England, and Japan. This has valuable significance as a focus of Comparative Sociology; this series of examinations has had common and persistent importance in various societies, which makes them an appropriate frame of reference for comparison.  

              The first objective of this paper is to demonstrate, by using the socio-cultural network concept, that there are profound similarities and differences in the changes in 11 to 18 examinations in these areas. These results will reveal a process that have not been detected by previous single-case studies.

              The second objective of this paper is to propose methodological innovations for Comparative Sociology. It combines qualitative and quantitative methods, not by simple mixture but by close connection. Through this innovation, the Comparative Sociology of 11 to 18 examinations will serve as a way to resolve the eternal tension that sociologists face between science and literature.