A Study on Japanese Cultural Education and Intercultural Sensitivity Enhancement Using the Metaverse (75681)

Session Information: Challenging & Preserving: Culture, Inter/Multiculturalism & Language
Session Chair: Jose Macatangay

Thursday, 23 November 2023 16:40
Session: Session 5
Room: Room 703
Presentation Type: Oral Presentation

All presentation times are UTC + 9 (Asia/Tokyo)

This study investigates the potential of utilizing a metaverse environment for teaching Japanese culture and enhancing intercultural sensitivity. Given the recent emphasis on metaverses in education, this research delves into their potential to fulfill diverse educational objectives. The study examines the learning outcomes of a Japanese cultural class conducted through a metaverse. The participants are 46 students majoring in Japanese language at a private university in Busan, South Korea, all of whom are new to metaverse-based learning. Among them, 31 students are pursuing a Japanese language major, while the remaining 15 have Japanese language as a minor. Employing assessment tools developed by Chen & Starosta (2000), the study carries out pre- and post-assessments, followed by quantitative analysis. The findings indicate that mutual confidence and enjoyment significantly contribute to interaction effectiveness. Qualitative results confirm that the sense of presence and immersion in the metaverse environment enhances the educational experience, sparking interest in and curiosity about Japanese culture, and reducing cross-cultural interaction anxiety.
These results suggest the metaverse's potential as an effective tool for Japanese cultural education. The metaverse's virtual environment stimulates learners' curiosity and interest by offering interactions and experiences beyond real-world limitations. This study explores the educational potential of metaverses and proposes innovative ways to cultivate intercultural sensitivity, mutual understanding, and interaction within multicultural societies.

Eunyoung Kim, Pusan National University, South Korea

About the Presenter(s)
Dr EUN YOUNG KIM is a University Doctoral Student at Pusan National University in South Korea

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