2008年5月13日火曜日

Meeting 5: Considering Values

Agenda for Meeting 5

I Review
What are symbols?
What are heroes?

II Main Agenda:
What are rituals?
What are values?
General definition

Discussion on "Maybe we go skating"
1. What were the values of the two groups?
- Japanese girls were cooperative. We don't like isolation. The standing nail gets hammered.
- Japanese girls' value is harmony with other people.
2. What was the conflict?
- They did not try to understand each other's values.
3. Were these girls' values similar to your own?
- Yes and no: When I talk with friends it is yes but in class we debate with others.
- In the same situation it is yes because especially in Japanese we have fellow feeling.



Hofstede's 5 Dimensions:

1. Power Distance:
Should teachers’ authorities be challenged?
- Yes. Because if they make a mistake (time, stereotpye) we have to change the worng to the right.
- Sometimes yes and sometimes no. In the case of the stereotype, we say you are wrong because we are not sure that "all Japanese like sushi" so we say I think you are wrong softly. In the other kind of stituation, if I have time we do not say you are wrong but if we are in a hurry we tell the teacher "I have no time, we have class by 12."

2. Individualism:
Should all students be treated the same?
- We think yes and no. Because in complusory education it is yes but in another education, for example, high school and university it is no.
- Alm,ost the same but in elementary school sometimes 習熟度別学習 is good. For example once a week, and after school.

3. Masculinity:
Should fighting among kinds be tolerated?

4. Unvertainty Avoidance:
Can teachers say, “I don’t know”?

5. Long-term Orientation
Which do you agree with most?
Marriage is for love.
Marriage is for starting a new family and contributing to your own family.

III Preparation for Next Meeting:
As a comment to this post, please write the following:
How well did you understand the talk on values?
A: Very well
B: Well
C: Not so well
D: Not at all
What was easy for you to understand and what was difficult for you to understand?




I will ask you to complete the task below in two weeks:

1. Go to the >CIA World Factbook
As a group find out the following information for your country. Be prepared to report your information in the next meeting:

Environment:
Area: (How much bigger is the area than Japan?)
Climate:
Natural Resources:
Current environmental issues:

People:
Population
Age Structure
Infant Mortality rate
Life expectancy
Ethnic groups
Languages
Literacy

Government
Country Name (conventional long form)
Capital
Government type

Economy
GDP per capita
Population below poverty line

2. Go to this site and take a geography quiz of your region. Be prepared for a geography challenge for the next MMCE.

9 件のコメント:

keiko さんのコメント...

At first , I chose C and considered why I did so. Then I realized that I have a broad tendency to prefer ambiguous options to extreme ones and this is my value. Now my comprehension level turned into B !
It's easy for me to understand the meaning of the abstract words if there are a lot of examples on which I can project my experience. Without them I would be lost.

yf さんのコメント...

So far I think I understand at the
B level.The explanations of value was comparatively easy, but the dimensions of power values was difficulty for me, especially the concept of large and short.I could not understand the real meaning and differences of those two terms.

milk さんのコメント...

I think I can understand value in B level. Though I can't sometimes recognize value in different countries such as how to show their ideas, it is natural that there are many kinds of value around the world. We can accept the differences in value. I can say what is value easily, but I think value has a lot of meaning and insist on one meaning. Thus, I chose B .

匿名 さんのコメント...

I think I understand at the B or C level.The values are not only one definitely.It has some meaning.So,
it's naturally different countries have different colutures and values.We have to aim to accept the differences.

makiron さんのコメント...

last week, I couldn't attend the class. I'm sorry I was abesent the class. So, I can't answe the question. I'm very sorry.

lihua さんのコメント...

I understand at the B level. I could learn that value is invisible, and it's one of the culture. I think understanding other countrie's value often makes us confused because we can't see that. So people need to think, discuss, and try to learn each other. And to me, the difinition of value is little difficult in English. Maybe it's not easy theme even in Japanese, though.

saaya さんのコメント...

I chose B level.I could understand that people have each values,and we have to know other value to talk with other.But, I couldn't understand Power distance and Individualism.So,in late of class,I understand in C level.

tomo さんのコメント...

I think I understood at the B level.I could understand that the values have broad tendencies and that have a plus and minus side.
However,understanding the Power Distance is a little difficult for me.In explanation,various countries had different distance.But I think various countries have various cultures,ideas or politics.So I think the Power Distance can't apply to various countries.

Rika さんのコメント...

I can understand value in B level,I think.There are many countries and many cultures.Sometimes I'm surprized at different culture,but it's fun to me because it's learning and understanding about world. It tells me world is so wide.
So I want to enjoy this class much more!