ERIC Number: ED409821
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Reference Count: N/A
Towards Transnational Competence. Rethinking International Education: A U.S.-Japan Case Study. IIE Research Report, Number Twenty-Eight.
Institute of International Education, New York, NY.
This report, based upon studies carried out from 1994-96 by a task force of international educators, focuses on efforts to identify a language and a strategy for improving U.S.-Japan "international education." Several conclusions are reached and discussed in the text: (1) international education can be stimulated by a new transnational rationale and greater nongovernmental involvement; (2) current international education standards in Japan and the United States are divergent, leading to unnecessary misunderstandings; (3) American concepts of personal enrichment and mutual understanding tend to lead them to establish exchange and look for balance when they should be asking "What level of Japan-related transnational competence is 'sufficient' for the United States?" (4) more opportunities have been created for young people, both from the United States and other nations, to gain exposure to Japan; (5) although participation in study-abroad programs is rising, both the rate of increase and the total numbers are insufficient to meet needs; (6) the Japanese educational system prepares its youth to seek admission in U.S. institutions, but does not prepare them for study in Asia; and (7) students in both Japan and the United States face many obstacles when seeking to study in the other country. A list of task force attendees is appended. (Contains 75 references.) (CH)
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Access to Education, Admission Criteria, Comparative Education, Cross Cultural Training, Foreign Countries, Foreign Culture, Foreign Students, Higher Education, International Cooperation, International Educational Exchange, Second Language Learning, Study Abroad
Institute of International Education, P.O. Box 371, Annapolis Junction, MD 20701-0371; phone: 800-445-0443; fax: 301-953-2838 ($8, plus $2 shipping and handling).
Publication Type: Books; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: United States-Japan Foundation.
Authoring Institution: Institute of International Education, New York, NY.
Identifiers - Location: Japan