ERIC Number: ED096217
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1972-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Levels of Conceptualization in the Teaching of Asian Studies in Schools. Service Center Papers on Asian Studies, No. 4.
Wide variation in approaches to teaching about Asia in the schools suggests a need for categorizing those approaches so that a teacher might see his approach in some relationship with others of differing persuasions. The following evolutionary levels of conceptualization are suggested; Asia as (1) a setting for Western history, where Western events take place under foreign and exotic skies; (2) a problem in American foreign policy, recognized because of its potential effect on our lives; (3) a Westernzing area, as opposed to stereotyped concepts of the exotic and impoverished East; (4) comprised of our brothers, or the "we are all human approach"; (5) studied with the comparative social science process approach to country; (6) an area with cultural uniqueness; (7) a region with forms, patterns, and outlooks to be ingested into our own system of thought and behavior. An evolutionary framework--from nonrecognition of Asia to acceptance on Western terms and finally to learning how to think from an Asian point of view--allows the teacher to take himself and his students from one level to the next, starting from whichever level is appropriate. Viewed as a process of consciousness raising, teaching about Asia provides room for growth for both student and teacher. (JH)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Association for Asian Studies, Columbus, OH. Service Center for Teachers of Asian Studies.