Journal for Kyosei Studies
Online ISSN : 2759-2782
The Relationship between the Perception of the Term “Social Coexistence” and Ideal Distribution Principles
An Analysis of a Survey of First-Year High School Students at Local Public Preparatory Schools
Seisuke TSUDA
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2024 Volume 1 Pages 178-199


In recent years, knowledge about “social coexistence” has been gaining greater significance in the guidelines for the course of study in Japan. Consequently, “social coexistence” is gaining character as educational knowledge. Studies have revealed that the perception of “social coexistence” among those entering universities is associated with a preference for the “necessity principle”, which means that those who need resources should get as much as they need. However, the mechanism by which both are related has not been specifically examined and remains a matter of conjecture. Therefore, the research task is to examine the feasibility of this mechanism, known as the “influence of selection,” in which students understand knowledge about of “social coexistence,” choose the “necessity principle,” and ultimately pursue higher education. We surveyed first-year high school students enrolled in local public preparatory schools and analyzed the relationship between their perception of the term “social coexistence” and ideal distribution principles, considering the influence of their academic performance. The results revealed, among other things, that first-year high school students’ perception of the term “social coexistence” is linked to their preference for the “performance principle”, which means that those who have achieved more should get more. The results are significant as they reject the influence of selection for mechanisms related to how the perception of “social coexistence” is related to a preference for the “necessity principle” as the ideal distribution principle. Furthermore, it should be noted that Japan is an academically oriented society that values education to the extent that even the perception of “social coexistence” could be considered a reflection of academic performance.

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