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Teachers’ notes

Kansai through Kiwi eyes is an exploration of the interaction between members of Japanese and New Zealand society. The bite-size format of each chapter is designed to assist teachers of at least Year nine and ten Social Studies to identify an important idea about society and an underpinning key concept.

Each chapter of Kansai through Kiwi eyes is illustrative of a key conceptual idea about society, as well as drawing out the social significance of such ideas. Emphasis is also placed on how people participate in society. This approach draws on that of the New Zealand Social Studies Curriculum Exemplar Materials (MoE, 2004).

It is possible to show this resource in its entirety if choosing a Japanese setting to learn about society, or alternatively, you may select specific chapters of the DVD to illustrate an idea. For example, a teacher might show a chapter from the Culture section to illustrate the concept "Cultural interaction allows for greater understanding", before choosing examples elsewhere to further learners' understanding.

The following pages of this website and the booklet accompanying the Kansai through Kiwi eyes educational DVD contain worksheets that may be reproduced for classroom use. Further teaching ideas that develop each chapter may be accessed in each teacher note with individual chapters at

Past and future worksheets, teachers' notes and other resources from the Centre for Citizenship Education, in the "education" section of offer further teaching and learning support.

Here are shortcuts to four teacher notes, and through them, worksheets in Kansai through Kiwi eyes.



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31 March 2007



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