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Cultural Encounters: Japan's Diverse Past and Present

  • Online Course
  • Curriculum and Exchange

Japan in the world: Cutural Encounters, 16-19th Centuries .
20-hour Online Course: January 29 - April 2, 2015.  Now Accepting Applications!

Register now. Open to teachers of world history nationwide, this 20-hour course will explore Japan's overlooked international relations with Asia and its encounters with the West before, during, and after the Tokugawa era (1600-1868). Participants will investigate teacher-developed lessons and primary sources to use in their middle and high school world history classrooms. Click here for detailed flyer. Click here for online application. Applications will be accepted on a folling admission basis. Limit 20 teachers. registration closes January 19, 2015, or when course is full. 

This course is 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 will conduct a secondary-level curriculum development, exchange, and training project that reflects new trends in world history and Japan studies. The project will: 1) publish an online curriculum on episodes of international or intercultural encounters throughout Japanese history; 2) arrange online video meetings in which U.S. and Japanese preservice and inservice teachers discuss teaching Japanese history and cultures; and 3) develop 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 will build 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.