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作者 Saeki, Tomohiro
書名 Ainu teachers' experiences in reclaiming the value of Indigenous culture, language and identity: The call for establishing the new Ainu school in Japanese society
國際標準書號 9780494530788
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說明 79 p
附註 Source: Masters Abstracts International, Volume: 48-02, page: 0700
Thesis (M.Ed.)--University of Manitoba (Canada), 2009
This research explores how Indigenous Ainu language instructors define their own bi-cultural identities in Japanese society, and also how they feel their students' identities should be developed in the context of current Japanese society. Qualitative research methods, a case study methodology combined with an interpretive analytic framework, were used in this study to explore the Ainu instructors' perspectives of Ainu-Japanese identity, and the benefits and dilemmas of Ainu language teaching and learning that come from their struggling to achieve positive identity construction and meet the societal needs of the Ainu language in current Japanese society. Data were collected in three sets of interviews and a literature analysis, and were analyzed using the grouping strategy described by Glaser and Strauss (1967) under three categories: "identity construction", the problems in both Japanese and the Ainu societies" and "the benefits of language teaching." These categories were used to examine the impact on identity development for current and future Ainu people. As linguists, educators, and also as continuing students of the Ainu language, current Ainu language instructors face particular dilemmas in order to teach the Ainu language, especially to children, because the Ainu language has been assimilating into Japanese culture and is losing societal status as a heritage language for the Ainu people. The guiding research question for this project was "How do Ainu language instructors perceive their identities, experiences, and pedagogies in a time of attempted revival of linguistic and cultural aspects of Ainu in Japan?" a question which should also shed light on the prospects for the reconstruction of Ainu identity within the Japanese society. The research findings of this project have brought the issues of the Ainu people's identity and the challenges in both the Ainu community and Japanese society into sharp relief. As a result of this research, the recommendations for the needs of teaching Ainu language in Japanese public education systems and establishing the new Ainu school for next Ainu generation, as to change the both Ainu and Japanese themselves for the forthcoming multicultural society in Japan have been offered
School code: 0303
Host Item Masters Abstracts International 48-02
主題 Education, Multilingual
Education, Social Sciences
Alt Author University of Manitoba (Canada)
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