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ERIC Number: ED140668
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977
Reference Count: 0
Vietnamese Proverbs Compared with Other Sources in Investigating National Characteristics for Pedagogical Purposes.
Mulroy, Kevin J.
The hypothesis was advanced that if the proverbs of a country could provide clues to its inhabitants' character which could be validated by reference to literature and commentaries of various types, an excellent guide would be available for educators. The information could be of value to teachers in that it would increase sensitivity to students, and it would serve as an aid in determining which aspects of American culture would pose the greatest problems for students. A systematic study was made, therefore, of a collection of 6,000-7,000 Vietnamese proverbs in the hope that the results would be of use to American teachers of Vietnamese students. Selected Vietnamese proverbs were considered as an outline of societal attitudes (the family, the society, religion and fate). Suggestions are given for researchers and teachers based on these findings. Appendix A contains an article by Walter Slote, "Adaptation of Recent Vietnamese Immigres to the American Experience: A Psycho-Cultural Approach." Appendix B is a booklet by Nguyen Kim Hong, "Vietnamese Themes: Understanding Cultural Differences between Americans and Vietnamese, Understanding Educational Differences between Americans and Vietnamese, and Tips to American Educators in Dealing with Vietnamese Students." (CFM)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Cross Cultural Studies, Cultural Awareness, Cultural Differences, Cultural Education, Cultural Traits, Elementary Secondary Education, English (Second Language), Folk Culture, Indochinese, Postsecondary Education, Proverbs, Refugees, Social Structure, Social Values, Vietnamese
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: M.A. Thesis, City University of New York ; Best copy available