ERIC Number: ED361339
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-May
Teacher Preparation: A Key to the Empowerment and Leadership Development of Asian/Pacific American Students.
Nel, Johanna; Sherritt, Caroline
Increasing numbers of Asian/Pacific youth in the schools present a challenge for teacher education. Teachers need the knowledge and skills to empower Japanese students in their classes and the commitment and sensitivity to develop the leadership potential inherent in the strong work ethic and cooperative skills many of these students possess. This paper presents a model of a traditional foundations of education course that was adapted to provide a cross cultural and international dimension to students' understanding by comparing U.S. educational systems and beliefs with those of Japan. Through an examination of the processes of teaching and learning which nurture character, identity, and cooperation, future teachers gained an understanding and respect for Japanese culture that they did not have prior to taking this course. Daily journal writings reflected their growth in cultural sensitivity and understanding and a desire to be instrumental in developing Asian American students to their highest potential. Information on specific course objectives, course content, texts used in the course, and audiovisual materials is included. (LL)
Descriptors: Asian American Students, Comparative Education, Course Content, Course Objectives, Cross Cultural Studies, Cultural Awareness, Cultural Traits, Education Courses, Elementary Secondary Education, Foundations of Education, Higher Education, Japanese Americans, Pacific Americans, Preservice Teacher Education, Student Empowerment, Student Needs, Teacher Attitudes
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Association for Asian and Pacific American Education (15th, New York, NY, May 5-9, 1993).