Dr. Masako Hamada is Assistant Professor and Coordinator of the Japanese Program in the Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures at Villanova University. She completed her Ed.D. in International and Transcultural and Conflict Resolution Studies from Teachers College, Columbia University. Dr. Hamada holds certificates as an intercultural trainer from SIETAR (The Society for Intercultural Education, Training and Research) and as a conflict resolution trainer and mediator from ICCCR (The International Center for Cooperation and Conflict Resolution) at Teachers College, Columbia University.2005 0-7734-5937-5
Over the last quarter century, as interest in Japan has increased and Japanese language classes have proliferated all over the world, Japanese professors (of whom about 80% are female) have become an increasingly significant presence on U.S. college campuses. However, when Japanese professors teach American students, they face various issues caused by differences in cultural backgrounds, communication styles and expectations about the education process.
This study focuses on Japanese women, especially professors, working in institutions of higher education in the U.S. Then, using concrete examples, it explores their styles of handling classroom conflict, the effectiveness of different styles, and how their methods change with the length of time they have lived and worked in the U.S.
The book discusses the factors that contribute to the problems and conflicts, and gives professionals some suggestions and recommendations on how to face and resolve conflicts both in the classroom and in multicultural situations in “the real world.”
This study will appeal to scholars in Asian studies, women’s studies, intercultural communication, and conflict resolution management programs, and also professionals in global organizations and will help them to resolve culturally-based communication style differences and interpersonal conflicts more effectively.2012 0-7734-2903-4
Using statistical analysis the book shows how male Japanese professors in American colleges handle themselves in the classroom. The study is based on surveys. It shows that the length of stay in America impacts the way male Japanese professors resolve conflict. There is also a lengthy comparison between female and male professors.