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ERIC Number: ED191331
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1979-Oct
Pages: 31
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
The Test of American Culture. Doshisha Studies in English No. 22.
Kitao, Kenji
A test was developed to determine how much Japanese students know about American culture. This written test, which was entirely in English and covered fifty areas of culture and "Culture," was administered to 200 Japanese students studying in Japan and at Kansas University (KU). Results for these students were measured against a standard provided by an American control group (who had some trouble with questions on religion, table seating, and manners). The KU Japanese students had the most difficulty with nicknames and had serious problems with measurements. Covert aspects of culture--time, space, and color--were not well understood. The students knew little about manners or practical information. They understood some "Culture" (industry, famous places, music) and some aspects of daily life relatively well but not sufficiently. The college students in Japan were half as successful as the KU students on the test. In sum, the KU students answered 76% and the Japanese-college students 42% as many items correctly as did the American students. Comparative results for individual items varied widely. The test is appended. (JB)
Department of English, Doshisha University, Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto, Japan 602 (500 yen)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Doshisha Univ., Kyoto (Japan).