ERIC Number: ED377121
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Ideas for Integrating Japan into the Curriculum. ERIC Digest.
Wojtan, Linda S.
This ERIC Digest discusses how, by studying Japan, the larger context of the Asia-Pacific region can be explored and students can be introduced to current realities. The top 5 competitive countries for 1994 were the United States, Singapore, Japan, Hong Kong, and Germany. Because of the increasing interdependence between the United States and Japan, and Japan's place as an important part of Asia-Pacific dynamism, it is imperative that U.S. students increase their knowledge and understanding of Japan. The study of Japan has important multicultural dimensions. Mutual understanding continues to be illusive because attempts to examine aspects of Japanese culture sometimes result in exchanging one stereotype for another. What is needed is an exploration of the historical, economic, geographic, and sociological reasons behind what seems to be a propensity for group orientation. Suggested strategies for teaching about Japan while ensuring cultural accuracy include: (1) utilizing multiple perspectives; (2) including historical context; (3) involving Japanese nationals and other community resource persons; (4) exploring the underlying values of the culture; (5) considering introducing the Japanese language; and (6) introducing contemporary topics. Two resources for teaching about Japan are discussed: (1) the National Clearinghouse for U.S.-Japan Studies; and (2) the Center for Educational Media (CEM). Also included is information on obtaining resources from the ERIC system. Contains a 9-item reference list. (DK)
Descriptors: Area Studies, Cultural Awareness, Curriculum Development, Elementary Secondary Education, Foreign Countries, History Instruction, Japanese, Multicultural Education, Resource Materials, Social Values, Teaching Methods
ERIC Clearinghouse for Social Studies/Social Science Education, 2805 East Tenth Street, Suite 120, Bloomington, IN 47408.
Publication Type: ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Sponsor: National Clearinghouse for United States-Japan Studies, Bloomington, IN.; Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse for Social Studies/Social Science Education, Bloomington, IN.
Identifiers - Location: Japan