ERIC Number: EJ703424
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Reference Count: 23
Understanding Japan through the Lens of Moral Education
Social Studies, v95 n2 p62 Mar-Apr 2004
The National Council for the Social Studies suggests that social studies programs should provide for the study of culture and cultural diversity (NCSS 1994). Within the NCSS culture strand is the expectation that students can predict how data and experiences may be interpreted by people from diverse cultural perspectives, compare and analyze societal patterns for preserving and transmitting culture while adapting to social change, and interpret patterns of behavior reflecting values and attitudes that contribute or pose obstacles to cross-cultural understanding. As a teacher of world history, a student of moral education, and a 2002 Keizai Koho Fellow, the author sought to explore the role that moral education played in formulating the Japanese experience and the degree to which it addressed the NCSS charges. It is the authors hope that student analysis of Japan's tradition of moral instruction, followed by an examination of students' own moral decision-making processes, results in expanded student understandings of self, U.S. society, and Japanese society.
Descriptors: Cultural Pluralism, Foreign Countries, Educational History, Textbooks, Role of Education, Social Studies, Moral Values, Ethical Instruction, Religious Factors, Family Influence, Politics of Education
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Identifiers - Location: Japan