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ERIC Number: ED513335
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 228
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-1092-7142-3
The Teaching of Asia in World History Curriculum
Shin, Kyunghee
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, The University of Wisconsin - Madison
This dissertation research examines Asian history covered within a world history course in American high schools. I pose fundamental questions regarding the nature of what world history teachers classify under the category of Asian history. I research on what teachers teach as part of world history and how they instruct the Asian section of their course. In my research, Asia is dissected by sub-region and by nation in order to trace what is composed of Asia, which is circulated in the US context. My understanding of Asian history taught in class is informed by critical curriculum theory and the theory of postcolonialism. Critical curriculum theory helps to explicate a phenomenon in which the teacher chooses to teach or not teach certain knowledge about Asia. Postcolonial theory provides a conceptual base to read race and ethnicity in the domains of social cultural politics. For examining the teaching of Asian history, I use a questionnaire accompanied with its follow-up interview. The results of the questionnaire are displayed in a graphic format which I refer to as Content Maps in the rest of the research. In the follow-up interviews with the teachers, I ask whether they contribute to challenge the traditional ways of recognizing Asia. The Content Maps provide a systematic way of examining what is taught under the category of Asian history in the regular classroom settings. The follow-up interview asks teachers to describe their own approach to particular topics. Each content map is accompanied with an analysis of the structure, form, and patterns of teaching. The analysis also incorporates the interview results, especially in terms of how teachers construct and characterize knowledge of diverse Asian countries. In the last section, I argue that the teachers might reproduce the West's orientalistic views on Asia unless they consciously confront the international nexus of colonial politics. I describe the present situation in the Asia-Pacific region in terms of international knowledge-power dynamics. I predict that there will be changes in these dynamics which will lead to a rewriting of Asian history. I offer possible ways for teachers to understand these changes and respond to them. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: High Schools
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Asia