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Lafayette College senior Sarah Eremus of Bryn Mawr, Pa., has won a Fulbright Fellowship to study in Japan in the 2000-2001 academic year.

Grantees are placed in institutions outside of Tokyo, such as those in Hokkaido, Shikoku, Kyushu, Okinawa, where they structure their own programs, combining language study, selected course study according to their Japanese proficiency, and individual research.

“My research interests center on the role of preschool education in the social development of Japanese children,” says Eremus, who has two majors, Spanish and an individualized major in Japanese Studies. “With the assistance of Dr. Yoshihiko Ariizumi I have initiated a project involving a comparative study on education and social development of children in Japan and the United States. My field studies in Japan will build on this foundation.

“My research on pedagogy and child development should provide useful insights for the emerging multicultural nature of American preschool education. Knowledge of socialization techniques used in different cultures can broaden the inventory of strategies used in the United States. Creating successful alternative approaches for reaching children both in and out of the classroom is the focus of this study.”

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