ERIC Number: ED074002
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1972-Dec
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Problems and Opportunities in Improving Secondary Education About China. Service Center Paper on Asian Studies #5.
Collins, H. Thomas
The first part of the paper briefly reviews the teaching of area studies within the last generation, noting that Chinese studies have markedly increased. The second part discusses forces operating on social studies teachers today which quite naturally relate to area studies. These include calls for teachers to change their technique from expository to inquiry teaching; the numerous arrays of kinds of materials from which teachers must choose; pressures to teach new content areas but lack of training to carry it out; and the number of complex societal changes now in progress. Specific problems facing classroom teachers as they attempt to teach Chinese studies are identified. The major portion of the paper provides ten alternatives to typical suggestions on how to improve teaching about China. These alternatives differ from the usual suggestions in that they emphasize supplementing and/or using existing resources rather than beginning anew, and make inservice and preservice training available locally. Alternatives focus on topics dealing with a survey of the field; exchanges and visits; developing a newsletter; resource centers; inservice and preservice training; activities at teachers meetings; evaluating teaching materials; preparing new teacher materials; and checking with teachers and students to verify what they wish to know about China. Appendices are included. ED 065 402 is a related document. (SJM)
Publication Type: N/A
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Sponsor: Johnson, Johnson and Roy, Inc., Ann Arbor, MI.
Authoring Institution: Association for Asian Studies, Columbus, OH. Service Center for Teachers of Asian Studies.
Identifiers - Location: China