London Metropolitan University Research Institutes

Japanese student teachers’ perceptions about teaching global issues

Author(s) Hashizaki, Y. & Kawaguchi, H.  
Publisher London: CiCe  
Year 2012  
Editor P. Cunningham & N. Fretwell (eds.) Creating Communities: Local, National and Global  
Age group -  
This paper reports on a study which examined the perceptions of student teachers enrolled on a secondary civics teaching method course on teaching global issues. Data, in the form questionnaires, was collected from two private universities in Kyoto, Japan and, generally speaking, the findings suggest that student teachers have a positive attitude towards teaching global issues. At the same time, however, three main characteristics appear: firstly, the student teachers may have lacked opportunities for experiential learning and for considering global issues as a matter of personal concern; secondly, they seem to lack confidence in teaching sensitive and controversial issues; thirdly, they also seem to lack confidence in using various strategies for curriculum development. These findings suggest further possibilities for conducting future comparative research and for improving the citizenship teacher education programme. Keywords: Teachers’ perception; global issues; knowledge, skills, and attitude.

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