Wednesday, 8 August 2012

Post #8

It was an eye-opening experience to live in Japan for three years and see the dynamic of people working together who were brought up in a collective or group-oriented culture.  In comparison with Canada, Japanese people are extremely good at working together.  In addition, group harmony is a very important aspect of their culture.  Therefore, the typical drama that occurs in any office or team environment in Canada basically doesn’t happen in Japan, because people tend not to challenge each other, in favour of maintaining harmonious relationships.   A very eye-opening experience, because it surprises me how poor westerners are, at times, at working together.   Of course, university students are accustomed to doing group projects, but high school students have a difficult time working together, which makes it important for us as teachers to make sure our students to work with each other “harmoniously”.

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