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ERIC Number: EJ825869
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 18
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 15
ISSN: ISSN-0160-5429
What Do K-3 Children Know and Want to Know about China? A Comparative Study of Chinese/Asian American Students and their Peers
Liu, Ping
International Education, v37 n2 p99-116 Spr 2008
At the elementary school level, two studies (Eicher, Piersma, & Wood, 1975; Liu 2004) were conducted to investigate school children's knowledge, perceptions, and understanding about China. Findings from these studies implied that the U.S. children's knowledge of China was predominantly related to their exposure to Chinatown or Chinese restaurants. Unlike their Chinese counterparts, they possessed little knowledge about geography, language, modern China, or U.S.-China relationships. However, these studies offer no comparison by ethnic groups in studying the children's awareness. The study presented in this article attempts to determine if there is any difference in what K-3 Chinese/Asian American (C/AA) children know and want to know about China compared to their peers. The research questions are: Do C/AA children know more about China compared to their non Chinese/Asian American (NC/AA) peers? Is there any difference between what the C/AA children and their peers want to know about China? A total of 261 K-3 children from an elementary public school participated in this study. (Contains 1 footnote and 5 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: China; United States