ERIC Number: EJ1069460
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Abstractor: As Provided
The Teaching and Learning of History for 15-16 Year Olds: Have the Japanese Anything to Learn from the English Experience?
Larsson, Yvonne; Matthews, Richard; Booth, Martin
Teaching History, n114 p37-43 2004
What would you expect the differences to be between Japan and England in how pupils learn history in the post-14 phase? Perhaps your guess would be: Japanese school students learn a lot of historical facts and focus upon their own identity and English school students talk a lot more in lessons and are more concerned with justifying opinions using sources. Phase III of the Ango-Japanese research study by Martin Booth, Yvonne Larsson and Richard Matthews shows that there is truth in such an assumption, but also that things are not so simple. They conclude that there are certainly lessons that the Japanese might learn from the English experience. Equally their work raises questions about what may be lacking in the English experience. Interestingly, the Japanese students, although mostly not encouraged to discuss and debate in lessons, acquire a far greater cultural breadth in their historical knowledge.
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Learning Strategies, History Instruction, Behavioral Objectives, Comparative Education, Comparative Analysis, Educational Practices, Educational Strategies, Educational Research, Secondary School Curriculum, Secondary School Teachers, Secondary School Students, Questionnaires, Task Analysis, Comparative Testing, Classroom Observation Techniques, Group Discussion, Primary Sources, Teacher Attitudes, Student Attitudes, Foreign Countries, Educational Experience
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Japan; United Kingdom