ERIC Number: ED401223
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
Reference Count: N/A
Teaching about Japan: Lessons and Resources.
Bernson, Mary Hammond, Ed.; Wojtan, Linda S., Ed.
This document is a revised and updated version of two publications: "Modern Japan: An Idea Book for K-12 Teachers" and "Resources for Teaching About Japan." These lesson plans were developed by teachers who participated in a summer institute on Japan, sponsored by the East Asia Resource Center at the Jackson School of International Studies, University of Washington. Part 1 of this volume, "Lessons and Ideas for Teaching About Japan," consists of 39 lesson plans dealing with a variety of topics concerning Japan and its culture, such as Japanese games, songs, art, artifacts, geography, language, literature, and education. In many cases, these lesson plans are accompanied by teacher background information and reproducible handouts and worksheets. They illustrate the ways in which outstanding teachers weave information about Japan into classes across the curriculum, bringing a crucial comparative perspective to subjects that might otherwise be taught with content solely referring to the United States. All of the lessons are self-contained or based on readily available resources, usable by teachers who have not necessarily had first-hand Japan experience. Part 2, "Resources for Teaching About Japan," is designed to address the need for creative curriculum materials, innovative pedagogy, and challenging professional development. This section reflects an attempt to provide a list of organizations that work specifically with K-12 teachers, understand their needs, respect their challenges, and design meaningful materials. This section is intended to foster mutual understanding and to enhance the lessons contained in Part 1. The following categories comprise the listed resources: (1) Outreach Programs that are often part of a Title VI funded East Asian Studies program and programs connected to museums and educational organizations; (2) Related Organizations that may not focus on Japan specifically, but provide services and materials helpful to those teaching about Japanese culture; (3) Audio-Visual Materials; (4) Japanese Embassy and Consulates General directories; (5) Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) whose offices provide technical assistance as well as print and audio-visual resources; (6) Japan National Tourist Organization (JNTO) which provides brochures, maps, posters, and free-loan films; (7) Japanese Chambers of Commerce in the United States which often provide speakers and sponsor study trips to Japan for teachers; (8) Exchange programs for teachers and students; (9) Japan-America Societies founded to enhance understanding between the two cultures, offering programs, special events, sources and materials useful to educators; (10) Sister Cities/Sister States lists; (11) Language instruction sources providing assistance for teachers; (12) Publishers, Distributors, and Newsletters containing materials useful to K-12 classrooms; and (13) Funding. Part 3, "ERIC Resources for Teaching About Japan," consists of a selective bibliography of resources for teaching about Japan. Part 4, "National Clearinghouse for United States-Japan Studies and Electronic Resources," introduces the National Clearinghouse on United States-Japan Studies services and publications and lists numerous useful electronic resources. (MLJ)
Descriptors: Area Studies, Asian Studies, Elementary Secondary Education, Foreign Countries, Foreign Culture, Global Education, Japanese, Multicultural Education, Resource Materials, Social Studies, Teacher Developed Materials, Teaching Guides
Social Studies Development Center, 2805 East 10th Street, Suite 120, Bloomington IN 47408-2698; (800) 266-3815.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; ERIC Publications
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse for Social Studies/Social Science Education, Bloomington, IN.; Adjunct ERIC Clearinghouse for United States-Japan Studies, Bloomington, IN.
Identifiers - Location: Japan