ERIC Number: ED431638
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994
Reference Count: N/A
Japan Meets the West: A Case Study of Perceptions. A Secondary Teaching Unit.
Stanford Univ., CA. Stanford Program on International and Cross Cultural Education.
This unit, designed for grades 9-12, includes a teacher's guide and 30 accompanying slides. Teachers don't need special knowledge of Japanese history; sufficient background information is provided. The activities can be adapted for other grade levels. The unit is intended for five class periods of 50-minutes each with supplementary activities to expand the unit as desired. The activities ask the students to examine cultural assumptions about the historical contact between Japan and the West. The lessons are meant to be used concurrently with a set of slides that are included with the teaching unit. Intercultural misunderstanding and conflict provide a wealth of information for students to assess the cultural lens from which they view the world. The five lessons include: (1)"Introduction to Perceptions"; (2) "Introduction to Mutual Images"; (3) "Comparing Images"; (4) "Mutual Images in the 20th Century"; and (5) "Changing Perceptions Through New Information." The unit concludes with two appendices: (1) a description of each of the 30 slides and accompanying question(s) and (2) a 25-item bibliography that focuses on Japanese history, Japan meets the West, and intercultural contact and perceptions. (EH)
Descriptors: Area Studies, Asian History, Asian Studies, Cultural Activities, Cultural Awareness, Foreign Countries, International Relations, Japanese Culture, Multicultural Education, Non Western Civilization, Secondary Education, Social Studies
Stanford Program on International and Cross Cultural Education (SPICE), Institute for International Studies (IIS), Littlefield Center, Room 14, Stanford University, 300 Lasuen Street, Stanford, CA 94305-5013; Tel: 415-723-1114; Tel: 800-578-1114 (Toll Free) ($44.95, includes 30 slides).
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Authoring Institution: Stanford Univ., CA. Stanford Program on International and Cross Cultural Education.
Identifiers - Location: Japan