ERIC Number: ED218205
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Feb
Reference Count: 0
Teaching About Asia in Elementary and Secondary Schools: Implications for Teacher Education. Revised.
Schneider, Donald O.
Asian studies at the elementary and secondary levels and the needs for teacher education are the focus of this paper. Trends of the last few decades that may have negatively affected the place of Asia in the school curriculum are first examined. Calls for multiethnic education, a back-to-basics movement, and economic and law-related education may be viewed as a challenge to the study of Asia. In contrast, the current global perspective/global education movement, which has received wide support from both within and outside the educational bureaucracy, is likely to have substantial implications for the place of Asian studies in schools and even colleges. The case made by proponents of global education is based on a set of propositions about the realities of life on this planet, on evidence regarding the development and nature of children's thinking and attitudes related to attaining a global perspective, and on evidence of inadequate school instruction and materials. Other perspectives for teaching about international phenomena are examined. The last third of the paper examines approaches to teaching about Asia and implications for teacher education. There is a need for Asian specialists to work with educators to maintain the current position of Asia in the curriculum and to improve the teaching about Asia. Although these efforts should extend K-college, the available evidence suggests priority should be directed toward the middle grades, with emphasis on teacher training and instructional materials development, for it is this period that seems to be crucial in children's learning about other cultures in relation to their own sense of national identity and world view. (RM)
Descriptors: Area Studies, Asian Studies, Cross Cultural Studies, Curriculum Development, Educational History, Educational Needs, Elementary Secondary Education, Global Approach, Higher Education, State of the Art Reviews, Teacher Education, Teaching Methods
Annals of the Southeast Conference, Association for Asian Studies, c/o Dr. Howard M. Federspiel, Ohio State University, Newark Campus, Newark, OH 43055 (write for price).
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented to the Southeast Conference of the Association for Asian Studies (Chapel Hill, NC, January 22, 1982).