• Revalorizing General Education and TEFL in Japan

    Author(s):
    Steve McCarty (see profile)
    Date:
    1996
    Group(s):
    Language requirements in higher education
    Subject(s):
    Literature and general education, Teaching English language, Content-based foreign language teaching, Language teaching, Japan
    Item Type:
    Article
    Tag(s):
    General Education, vocationalization, aum shinrikyo, education in Japan, required courses
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/q0xn-r267
    Abstract:
    A paper at the first annual Teaching in the Community Colleges Online Conference in 1996, the first large-scale wholly online academic conference, which continues today, based at the University of Hawaii. In 1995 peaceful post-War Japan was struck by the Great Hanshin Earthquake and the Tokyo subway sarin terrorism incident by the home-grown Aum Shinrikyo cult. The Ministry of Education had just allowed the diminution of general education requirements in higher education. A remarkable Asahi Shimbun editorial, translated by the author in this paper, drew a line from the vocationalization of universities to one of the world's first indiscriminate attacks with a weapon of mass destruction. The author took this as an opportunity for educators of foreign languages and other general education subjects to profess the importance of a well-rounded education for all professions.
    Notes:
    This article was posted for discussion during the online conference days in April 1996 and also published thereafter in the Teaching in the Community Colleges Journal. It was an online journal, now offline, but the author recovered the original article through the Internet Wayback Machine. The article may still be of reference for researchers of international education or educators struggling with vocationalization and defending general education requirements including foreign language study.
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    Last Updated:
    2 years ago
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