ERIC Number: ED261918
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984
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The Japanese-U.S. Global Awareness Survey: Implications for Training Social Studies Teachers.
Cogan, John J.
A global awareness survey of Japanese education majors was carried out to assess the level of knowledge of freshmen and senior teacher trainees, the level of their attitudinal awareness of key global issues, and their level of competence in their most proficient second language. A stratified sample was drawn from the total population of Japanese national universities involved in teacher training. One hundred students, 50 males and 50 females, from each of 14 national universities were selected to participate in the survey. The response rate was 90 percent. When findings were compared to a similar survey in the United States, the following comparisons were noted: Japanese students scored considerably better on general knowledge of the world; the Japanese tended to be more altruistic but less optimistic about finding solutions to global problems; and the Japanese exhibited a stronger commitment to learning a second language. Based on these findings, recommendations are made to those responsible for training social studies teachers in the United States, including the following: (1) education programs need to be more directive in the kinds of courses preservice social studies teachers take; (2) the concept of "internationalization" must be built into a variety of courses, including social studies methods courses; and (3) social studies professional courses can serve as the major starting point for global awareness. (LP)
Descriptors: Comparative Education, Cross Cultural Studies, Cultural Awareness, Educational Research, Elementary Secondary Education, Foreign Countries, Global Approach, Knowledge Level, Preservice Teacher Education, Second Languages, Social Studies, Student Attitudes, Surveys, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Education Curriculum
John J. Cogan, Global Education Center, University of Minnesota, 110 Pattee Hall, Minneapolis, MN 55455.
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Location: Japan; United States