Understanding cultural differences between Western and Confucian teaching and learning

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Zhou, Peng and Pedersen, Cec. 2011. "Understanding cultural differences between Western and Confucian teaching and learning." Midgley, Warren, Tyler, Mark A., Danaher, Patrick Alan and Mander, Alison (ed.) Beyond binaries in education research. New York, USA. Routledge. pp. 161-175
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Understanding cultural differences between Western and Confucian teaching and learning

Book Chapter CategoryEdited book (chapter)
ERA Publisher ID3137
3415
Book TitleBeyond binaries in education research
AuthorsZhou, Peng (Author) and Pedersen, Cec (Author)
EditorsMidgley, Warren, Tyler, Mark A., Danaher, Patrick Alan and Mander, Alison
Page Range161-175
SeriesRoutledge Research in Education
Chapter Number12
Number of Pages15
Year2011
PublisherRoutledge
Taylor & Francis
Place of PublicationNew York, USA
ISBN9780415885126
Abstract

Cultures of the West and the East are often seen as a binary with different values and assumptions underlying each. Differences between Western and Confucian cultures can result in frustrations and confusion for crosscultural learners and therefore impact on their learning performance. This chapter explores differences between Western and Confucian cultures from an international education perspective to draw implications for Western educators involved in transnational or international education. In particular, a conceptual framework is presented to help move beyond the binary. Using the conceptual framework, the authors argue that, while Confucian culture may impose constraints on Confucian-heritage students' study of Australian business courses in terms of teaching and learning styles, it is possible to develop Confucian-heritage students to meet Western education requirements if measures are taken and efforts are made to bridge cultural gaps in two-way understanding and adaptation. The chapter draws from literature on cross- cultural teaching and learning as well as the authors' experiences in teaching Confucian-heritage students under transnational arrangements.

Keywordsculture; cultural differences; Western; Confucian; education; teaching; learning
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020390401. Comparative and cross-cultural education
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School of Management and Marketing
Faculty of Education
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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