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ERIC Number: EJ865893
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 13
ISSN: ISSN-0034-4087
Intercultural Encounters as Religious Education: Japanese Students at a Christian University and Their Religious Transformation
Okamura, Naoki
Religious Education, v104 n3 p289-302 2009
It is commonly acknowledged by many that Japanese teenagers in general hold very negative views of organized religions. However the researcher, as an educator at a Christian University in California, observed every year a great number of Japanese international students becoming persons who paint positive pictures of religion. A study done on those students, utilizing the method of grounded theory, uncovered the following. One, their cross-cultural experiences created crisis situations, which became a catalyst to question their uncritical beliefs about religion. Two, their positive personal encounters with religious people in the United Sates caused them to experience transformation. (Contains 6 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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