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Cultural Encounters: Japan's Diverse Past and Present

  • Online Course
  • Curriculum and Exchange

No Cultural Encounters courses are being offered currently.

In Spring 2015, TEA offered a 20-hour online course entitled, Japan in the World: Cutural Encounters, 16-19th Centuries . World History teachers from across the country explored Japan's overlooked international relations with Asia and its encounters with the West before, during, and after the Tokugawa era (1600-1868). Participants investigated primary sources to use in their middle and high school world history classrooms.

Cultural Encounters courses are made possible through the United States-Japan Foundation, Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership funding to the J-OPP Project and the Freeman Foundation funding to the National Consortium for Teaching about Asia at TEA. 

Cultural Encounters: Teaching Japan's Diverse Past and Present.
During the 2014-2015 school year, the Program for Teaching East Asia conducted a secondary-level curriculum development, exchange, and training project that reflects new trends in world history and Japan studies. The project: 1) published an online curriculum on episodes of international or intercultural encounters throughout Japanese history; 2) arranged online video meetings in which U.S. and Japanese preservice and inservice teachers discuss teaching Japanese history and cultures; and 3) developed a new online course that focuses on international relations during a specific Japanese historical period and a corresponding online lesson.

This project is funded by the United States-Japan Foundation (USJF). The program builds upon the products, teacher-alumni, and resources of a previous USJF-funded professional development program. Initial activities for this project began in summer 2013 with matching funds from a U.S. Department of Education Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad (USDOE FHGPA) grant and Freeman Foundation funding to the National Consortium for Teaching about Asia at TEA. 


Cultural Encounters: Japan's Diverse Past and Present.
Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad in Japan: June-July 2013

Teachers who complete the 30-hour online Cultural Encounters course in Fall 2012 will be eligible to apply to this study tour. This four-week study tour, funded through the US Department of Education Fulbright-Hays Groups Project Abroad Program and the National Consortium for Teaching about Asia (NCTA) National Coordinating Site at TEA will include study in Fukuoka, Nagasaki, Kyoto/Nara, and Tokyo/Yokohama at sites of historical and contemporary cultural encounters. Participants will be asked to contribute a modest cost share for the program.