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Sakai, Shien; Takagi, Akiko; Chu, Man-Ping – Educational Perspectives, 2010
With the advent of communicative language teaching in East Asia, the idea of learner autonomy has become a topic of discussion and a goal among language teachers. The idea of autonomy raises important questions that need to be further explored, particularly in terms of students taking responsibility for learning. While examining the English…
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Learning Strategies, Personal Autonomy, Learning Processes
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Nakayama, Natsue; Takagi, Akiko; Imamura, Hiromi – Educational Perspectives, 2010
In October 2007, three education bills, including the Revised Teacher's License Law were approved by the Central Education Council in February and submitted to the Diet. The purpose of the Revised Teacher's License Law was "to ensure teachers systematically acquire up-to-date knowledge and skills to maintain the professional competencies…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Teacher Certification, Secondary School Teachers, English Teachers
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Ohtani, Chie – Educational Perspectives, 2010
In 2001, the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology (MEXT) released the "Rainbow Plan" as the educational reform plan for the twenty-first century. As part of the plan, MEXT will make English education activities compulsory at Japanese public elementary schools beginning in 2011. The purpose of the Rainbow Plan…
Descriptors: Elementary Schools, Educational Change, Foreign Countries, Second Language Learning
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Matsuoka, Ryoji – Educational Perspectives, 2010
On January 17, 2008, the Japanese Central Education Council submitted a newly revised set of official curriculum guidelines to the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) in Japan. These guidelines for elementary schools will become effective in the 2011 academic year and include a controversial new policy: the…
Descriptors: Private Schools, Elementary Schools, Second Languages, Student Diversity
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Minagawa, Haruo – Educational Perspectives, 2010
Murasakino High School is a municipal senior high school located in the northern part of Kyoto, an ancient capital city of Japan. With a little over one thousand students studying in three grades (from fifteen to eighteen years of age), Murasakino has a distinctive scholastic tradition that makes it different from other high schools in Kyoto. Over…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, High Schools, Foreign Countries, English (Second Language)
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Weir, George R. S.; Ozasa, Toshiaki – Educational Perspectives, 2010
Japan has a long tradition of teaching English as a foreign language (EFL). A common feature of EFL courses is reliance on specific textbooks as a basis for graded teaching, and periods in Japanese EFL history are marked by the introduction of different textbook series. These sets of textbooks share the common goal of taking students from…
Descriptors: Textbooks, Foreign Countries, English (Second Language), Second Language Instruction
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McEwan, Hunter; Goto, Sunao; Horike, Yukiyo – Educational Perspectives, 2010
For the past ten years, the College of Education at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa (UHM-COE) and Bukkyo University in Kyoto, Japan have enjoyed a special relationship designed to promote cooperation and academic exchanges between the two institutions. The agreement of cooperation was signed on June 5, 2000 by President Shinko Nakai of Bukkyo…
Descriptors: International Educational Exchange, Cooperation, Foreign Countries, Partnerships in Education
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Shapiro, Michael J. – Educational Perspectives, 2009
In this article, the author explores the pedagogical value of cinema's capacity to offer a "decentered" mode of perspective for the audience. The author illustrates a film's ability to present a different perspective with reference to Sean Penn's "The Pledge" (2001) and Ivan Sen's "Beneath Clouds" (2002), which show how cinema allows viewers to…
Descriptors: Films, Popular Culture, Audience Awareness, Aesthetics
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Dissanayake, Wimal – Educational Perspectives, 2009
There is growing interest by schools and universities in understanding Asian societies and cultures. One way of deepening this interest productively is through the imaginative use of cinema. In this article, the author explores how cinema can be a window into the dynamics of contemporary Asian societies and cultures. Through "aesthetic…
Descriptors: Films, Asian Culture, Cultural Awareness, Aesthetics
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Man, Glenn – Educational Perspectives, 2009
The author describes how he instructs students in his introductory film course to show how one can reveal a film's ideological dimensions in teaching. In this article, the author traces the progress of his student's arc of learning, from their relative lack of awareness of film's influence on the construction of identity to a more sophisticated…
Descriptors: Films, Film Study, Art Appreciation, Audience Response
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Ng, Konrad – Educational Perspectives, 2009
In this article, the author offers a brief history of the Academy for Creative Media (ACM)--the University of Hawai'i's primary academic program for the production and study of film, animation, and computer game design--and its mission to fulfill the Hawai'i state government's agenda to diversify the economy with creative media and high…
Descriptors: Critical Thinking, Film Production, Film Study, Creative Activities
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Ning, Cynthia – Educational Perspectives, 2009
In this article, the author shares how she uses Chinese film in her Chinese language and culture classes. She demonstrates how Chinese films can help students "navigate the uncharted universe of Chinese culture" with reference to several contemporary Chinese films. She describes how intensive viewing of films can develop a deeper and…
Descriptors: Asian Culture, Chinese, Films, Second Language Learning
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Parkes, Graham – Educational Perspectives, 2009
Over the past several decades film and video have been steadily infiltrating the philosophy curriculum at colleges and universities. Traditionally, teachers of philosophy have not made much use of "audiovisual aids" in the classroom beyond the chalk board or overhead projector, with only the more adventurous playing audiotapes, for example, or…
Descriptors: Nonprint Media, Audiovisual Aids, Teaching Methods, Instructional Design
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White, Elisa Joy – Educational Perspectives, 2009
In this article, the author discusses how she uses film and new media to "teach students to comprehend the complex historical, social, political, and cultural dimensions of the African American experience." The author uses D.W. Griffith's 1915 "Birth of a Nation," a number of "Blaxploitation" films, YouTube videos,…
Descriptors: Black Studies, United States History, Educational Media, American Studies
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Skouge, James R.; Rao, Kavita – Educational Perspectives, 2009
Stories are important resources in the repertoire of the teacher. Storytelling is a powerful way in which to communicate experiences and to explore ideas. Using stories, the teacher takes her students on journeys of discovery that introduce them to new vistas of lived experience. In this article, the authors describe how they have used…
Descriptors: Special Education, Teaching Methods, Story Telling, Personal Narratives
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