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ERIC Number: ED040989
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968
Pages: 413
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A Unit in Japanese Literature, Developed as an Example of the Utilization of Non-Western Literature in High School Language Arts Programs to Deepen Understandings of Other Cultures.
Saiki, Patsy Sumie
An anthology of Japanese literature, supplemented with historical, religious, and artistic facts and concepts and accompanied by a teacher's guide, was designed to explore how selected translated literature of non-Western countries might be studied in the high schools to further intercultural understanding. The original selections were revised by a professor of Japanese literature, and a trial run was made with 60 ninth-graders. After further revision, six 10th-grade teachers presented the materials in a 6-week unit to 447 students. The unit was assessed through pre- and post-tests, teacher and student checklists, and student writing. Eight out of 20 test items indicated significant change, predominantly in student attitudes rather than in growth of knowledge or skills. Noted in participant reactions were preferences on the part of students for those materials requiring involvement with characters in the selections. Teachers recommended that a workshop precede the use of unfamiliar materials and that a more comprehensive teacher's guide be developed. The construction of similar units on other countries, the development of in-service teacher education opportunities, and the further assessment of attitude changes through such programs were advocated. (Author/MF)
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Identifiers: Japan
Note: Ed.D. Dissertation, Columbia University