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ERIC Number: EJ986888
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 34
ISSN: ISSN-1068-3844
Are We Comfortable Teaching This? Using Banned Books as a Vehicle for Teaching about World War II-Era Japan & Korea
Suh, Yonghee; Hinton, KaaVonia; Marken, James; Lee, Guang-Lea
Multicultural Education, v19 n1 p24-30 Fall 2011
Teacher educators are pivotal in the effort to prepare teachers to teach in culturally responsive ways (Vescio, et al., 2006). In subject areas such as social studies and English, multicultural literature is viewed as a prime resource for creating a culturally inclusive curriculum. Yet, effective inclusion of these texts--many of which are filled with complex themes and issues and are often labeled controversial--involves knowledge of methods and cultural understanding that are not traditionally taught in education programs (Dong, 2005). This study explores what teacher educators of color learned from each other about the possibility of teaching a controversial Asian-American children's book such as Yoko Kawashima Watkin's "So Far from the Bamboo Grove" (1986) and its sequel, "My Brother, My Sister, and I" (1996). The sequel, however, did not spark controversy. Specifically, this study discusses how the teacher educators' cultural identities influence how they might help pre-service teachers make sense of and use texts like "So Far from the Bamboo Grove" to teach about Japanese and Korean experiences during World War II.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Japan; South Korea