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Tackling the kanji hurdle: an investigation of kanji order and its role in facilitating the kanji learning process

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posted on 28.03.2022, 23:08 by Simon Regin Paxton
This research seeks to determine the role of kanji order from the perspective of Japanese language textbooks, teachers of Japanese, and learners of Japanese. Three central research questions were identified: 1. How are Japanese language textbooks different from each other from the perspective of kanji selection and ordering? 2. What beliefs are held by Japanese teachers at universities in Australia, New Zealand, Canada, the UK and the US, in regard to teaching kanji to non-kanji background students of Japanese? 3. Which kanji clusters do non-kanji background learners perceive as easy or difficult to learn? Three stages of research were conducted to answer my research questions: to answer my research questions 1. A textbook analysis was conducted on four Japanese language textbooks in kanji selected for inclusion in different textbooks and the in different textbooks and the 2. A survey of kanji learning and teaching beliefs was conducted to ascertain how learning and teaching beliefs was conducted to ascertain how teachers perceive the teaching and learning process of kanji and whether they regard the order in which kanji are introduced as an important factor in facilitating the kanji learning process. 3. A survey of Japanese language learners regarding kanji clusters was conducted was conducted to determine whether Japanese language learners perceive different perceive different perceive different kanji clusters, groups of clusters, groups of kanji with a common property, as easier to learn or more more difficult to learn than others. As for the first research research, results showed that the selection of kanji for the four textbooks analysed were unique and significantly different from each other. However, kanji orders found within the analysed textbooks were similar. As for the second research research question, results showed that a large proportion of Japanese language teachers believe that the order in which kanji are introduced plays a role in facilitatingthe kanji learning process but they are unsure as to how to implement those beliefs in their teaching. As for the third research question, participants indicated that they perceived As for the third research question, participants indicated that they perceived As for the third research question, participants indicated that they perceived As for the third research question, participants indicated that they perceived certain kanji clusters as easier than others.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Introduction -- Chapter 2. Background -- Chapter 3. Literature review -- Chapter 4. Textbook analysis -- Chapter 5. Survey of kanji teaching and learning beliefs -- Chapter 6. Survey of JFL learners' perceptions of kanji clusters -- Chapter 7. Conclusions.

Notes

Theoretical thesis. Bibliography: pages 249-258

Awarding Institution

Macquarie University

Degree Type

Thesis PhD

Degree

PhD, Macquarie University, Faculty of Arts, Department of International Studies

Department, Centre or School

Department of International Studies

Year of Award

2015

Principal Supervisor

Chavalin Svetanant

Additional Supervisor 1

Mio Bryce

Rights

Copyright Simon Regin Paxton 2015. Copyright disclaimer: http://www.copyright.mq.edu.au

Language

English

Extent

1 online resource (xviii, 304 pages) diagrams, graphs, tables

Former Identifiers

mq:44286 http://hdl.handle.net/1959.14/1067946