Asian learners through Western eyes: an astigmatic paradox


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Author: Biggs, John B.


Asian students from Confucian-heritage cultures (CHCs) have been criticised for their commitment to a rote-based or ‘surface’ approach to learning. Yet CHC students generally have a more ‘academic’ approach to learning than Australians, and their academic performance is consistently higher than that of students from most Western countries. This paper suggests that this apparent paradox is a result of Western misperceptions, both of CHC students’ approaches to learning and of the environments in which they are taught. Some implications for handling international students in Australia are...  [+] Show more

Subjects: Students; Teaching and learning; Culture and society

Keywords: Cognitive abilities; Cultural factor

Geographic subjects: Oceania; Asia; Australia

Published: Adelaide, South Australia: NCVER, 1994

Journal volume: 2

Journal number: 2

Journal date: November 1994

Pages: pp. 40-63

ISSN: 1039-4001

Resource type: Article

Document number: TD/TNC 40.12

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