Foreign Student Expectations in an English Undergraduate Curriculum in Japan

Conference: The Asian Conference on Education & International Development (ACEID2022)
Title: Foreign Student Expectations in an English Undergraduate Curriculum in Japan
Stream: Learning Experiences, Student Learning & Learner Diversity
Presentation Type: Live-Stream Presentation
Susan Meiki, Okayama University, Japan


Stigler and Hiebert (2009, p xii) claim that "Teachers learn to teach in a particular culture by watching the methods their teachers used when they were students". They conclude that, "Much of what happens in the classroom is determined by a cultural code that functions like the DNA of teaching". The goal of this presentation is to show if the impact of the professor’s teaching method is enhancing or hindering learning in the intercultural classroom. From the support of a Japan Scientific Research Grant, the goal of this research is to present data collected from year one in a four-year planned inquiry that will be based on the surveys of McCargar (1993), Praslova (2010) and the research of Meiki (2013, 2015, 2016). This ethnographic analysis will show if the effects of a professor and / or student’s educational background influences their expectations of the classroom learning environment. The subjects surveyed and interviewed are the first year international students enrolled in an all English undergraduate program at Okayama University called the Global Discovery Program in Japan.
Stigler, J. W., & Hiebert, J. (2009). The teaching gap: Best ideas from the world's teachers for improving education in the classroom. Simon and Schuster.

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