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ERIC Number: ED300301
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Mar-24
Pages: 12
Abstractor: N/A
Asian Studies: Orienting the Student, Process, and Content.
Fersh, Seymour
This paper suggests that the teaching of world history from a U.S. and European history viewpoint does not help students understand and develop insights about the contemporary world. The context within which current events occur is more important than simply teaching about specific facts. The process of learning must be considered along with course content when studying other cultures, because approaches to learning may determine what conclusions are reached. Asian Studies in the elementary grades should help students develop skills, positive attitudes, and appreciation for Asian peoples and their cultures. From junior high school through 10th grade the major purpose of Asian Studies should be to help students appreciate the Asian cultures and understand ways in which they function and relate to one another. From grade 11 through higher education graduate courses the focus of Asian Studies should shift to a content orientation, so that students can study specific areas of interest. (JHP)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Association for Asian Studies (San Francisco, CA, March 24, 1988).