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A Foundational Investigation into the Effects of Short-Term Volunteer Activities in Japan

  • Journal of Japanese Culture
  • 2019, (80), pp.111-129
  • DOI : 10.21481/jbunka..80.201902.111
  • Publisher : The Japanese Culture Association Of Korea (Jcak)
  • Research Area : Humanities > Japanese Language and Literature
  • Received : December 31, 2018
  • Accepted : February 1, 2019
  • Published : February 28, 2019

Lee Sun Hee 1

1서울여자대학교

Accredited

ABSTRACT

This study introduces an ongoing Global Service Learning (GSL) program that aims to deepen students’ knowledge about Japan acquired through the course of their major studies by way of onsite learning about Japanese society and culture and conducting exchanges with Japanese people. The study further analyzed the results of a survey of students who participated in GSL activities along with the GSL program’s report on outcomes. The results showed that the GSL program sparked students’ interest to improve their Japanese language skills and conduct exchanges with the Japanese. It also helped build a consciousness among the students to become global citizens, a consciousness based on the understanding of other cultures. Moreover, the results showed that there is a need for GSL programs to consider the anxiety and fear felt by students during GSL activities. This study suggests that there is a need for a more detailed analysis of the effects of GSL programs to ensure that the results can be generalized. There is also a need for research that tracks the specific impact GSL activities have on Japanese language study and how the participating students use their GSL program experience in daily life.

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This paper was written with support from the National Research Foundation of Korea.