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ERIC Number: ED465280
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Mar
Pages: 9
Abstractor: N/A
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A Study of the Effectiveness of Content-Based Sensitivity Training for Japanese Nurses in Oral English Classes.
Bay, Dale
This study investigated the effectiveness of providing content-based English language instruction to Japanese nursing students in their second and final year of professional training. Participants were taking a full-year elective class in oral English. The control group included students from the same nursing cohort who did not attend the oral English class. The class featured discussions and videos focusing on HIV/AIDS issues, including "inter alia" racism, discrimination against Japanese and foreign HIV/AIDS patients in Japan, and personal attitudes toward such patients. At the end of the year, both groups completed a bilingual, English-Japanese survey. Significant differences were found between the two groups, including a belief by the control group that foreigners were more likely than Japanese to be HIV/AIDS-positive and that discrimination against such persons was not similar to other types of discrimination (e.g., age, sex, race, and nationality). The results suggest that Japanese nursing students can benefit from training that addresses discrimination against foreigners in Japan. There is evidence that nursing students, and by extension nurses and other members of the medical profession, could provide better professional care if they were to receive sensitivity training in all forms of discrimination, prejudice, and racism. (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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Identifiers - Location: Japan