Teaching Question Three: Why did modernization fail in China but succeed in Japan?

July 7, 2021

10:00 am-12:00 pm

Remote Workshop On Zoom


Learn how to structure and teach your own Question Three inquires at this engaging online workshop

China and Japan both faced Western imperialism in the nineteenth century, but they responded very differently. There were reformers in both countries who argued that their homelands should modernize their economies and political systems in order to stand up to the West. The reformers failed in China, but succeeded in Japan. Why?

This is a classic Question Three puzzle. Question Three asks, “Why then and there?” and engages the thinking skill of explanation. Why did the American revolution happen in 1776, and not earlier or later? Why is China a global power today, when it was so weak just a few decades ago? We’ve developed some simple intellectual tools to answer questions like these, which we’ll demonstrate at this workshop. We’ll use the case of China and Japan to show you how to run Question Three inquiries in your own classroom. You’ll get all the materials you need for this particular inquiry, and you’ll also get a sneak peak at Chapter Three of the 4QM Teaching book, due out this fall. This will be a fun and engaging workshop — we look forward to seeing you there!

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Jon and Gary

This was pretty @#%-ing awesome.

2017 Workshop Participant

Fantastic inquiry method, engaging program.

2017 Workshop Participant