Japanese Journal of Community Psychology
Online ISSN : 2434-2041
Print ISSN : 1342-8691
Volume 2 , Issue 2
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  • Tomiyo KAGAMI
    1999 Volume 2 Issue 2 Pages 131-142
    Published: March 30, 1999
    Released: September 17, 2020
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    The purpose of this paper is to make a discussion on the influences of intercultural contact on Japanese students, by means of interview activities with foreign students. These activities were part of a larger educational intervention in a campus community. The aim was to facilitate mutual intercultural communication between Japanese students and foreign students.

    The educational interventions were as follows: ①Japanese students were provided with lectures on intercultural understanding: one-way, knowledge-acquisitive learning. ② Interviews between Japanese students and foreign students were arranged: interactive, experience-oriented learning. The interview questionnaires included the following questions: “Is there any problems in your daily life in Japan?”, “What do you find difficult or uncomfortable in your communication with Japanese people?”, and “What are your their thoughts on relationships with foreign students and how they can be improved?” Many of the Japanese and foreign students agreed that they had valuable experiences in intercultural contact by means of the interviews. The Japanese students reported the interviews broadend their life views and contributed to the process to maturity. This study suggests that the interactive experience-oriented learning can help to facilitate intercultural exchange, particularly if it occured at an early stage of intercultural contact.

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