University of Tokyo

Survey Number 0708
Survey Title Survey on Junior High School Students' Japanese Language (Survey on Kanji Ability), 2005
Depositor Benesse Educational Research and Development Institute
(Former Name:Benesse Corporation)
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Educational Purpose Available for both research and instructional purposes.
Period of Data Use Permission One year
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Summary This survey consisted of a test and questionnaire survey conducted for the purpose of ascertaining the state of kanji (Chinese characters) learning by junior high school students and identifying the factors affecting kanji learning.

(1) Kanji writing test based on 939 junior high school-level kanji
*Limited to textbooks used in school Japanese (Kokugo) classes
About 100 questions for a total of seven types of tests were prepared using the following:
 - For the first-year junior high school students, Kanji taught in the first year of junior high school
 - For the second-year junior high school students, Kanji taught in the first year of junior high school
 - For the third-year junior high school students, Kanji taught in the second year of junior high school

Unlearned kanji was included for the first-year junior high school students.

(2) Questionnaire of attitudes to and actual state of Japanese (kokugo) learning
Data Type quantitative research
quantitative research: micro data
Universe First- to third-year junior high school students attending public junior high schools (six schools) within Tokyo
Unit of Observation Individual
Sample Size Total 2,335 people (first-year junior high school students: 775 people, second-year junior high school students: 804 people, third-year junior high school students: 756 people)
Date of Collection 2005-06 ~ 2005-07
Time Period 2005 ~ 2005
Spatial Unit tokyo
Sampling Procedure
Mode of Data Collection Self-administered questionnaire: Paper
Self-administered questionnaire survey distributed and collected through schools
Investigator Benesse Educational Research & Development Institute
(Former Name: Benesse Corporation)

DOI 10.34500/SSJDA.0708
Sponsors (Funds)
Related Publications (by the Investigator) Please refer to the abstract in Japanese.
Related Publications (based on Secondary Analysis) List of related publications (based on Secondary Analysis)
Documentation [Questionnaire]
Major Survey Items (1) Kanji test results
Number of correct answers for kanji test

(2) Regarding daily life
How time is spent on weekdays, whether attending tutoring schools (juku), number of days and hours per week attending tutoring school (juku), regular daily activities

(3) Regarding study habits
What respondent does to study Japanese (kokugo), preferred classes and learning at school, effective learning methods, usefulness of learning Japanese (kokugo) in future, thoughts that come to mind when studying Japanese (kougo), habits of teachers and household members

(4) Thoughts on study
Thoughts on five subjects, good at or bad at Japanese (kokugo), thoughts on Japanese (kokugo)

(5) Attributes
Year in school/gender

*For details of survey items, please refer to the questionnaire.
Date of Release 2014/03/26
Topics in CESSDA Click here for details

Compulsory and pre-school education
Language and linguistics
Topics in SSJDA Education/Learning
Version 1 : 2014-03-26
Notes for Users Variable and value labels are written in Japanese.