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Journal of International Education and Leadership, v2 n2 Sum 2012

Using cultural frameworks, and based on the author's personal experience and conversations with fellow Chinese and American graduate students, this essay analyzes the struggle for Chinese students who have to strike a balance between the American style of learning which is characterized by class discussion and the Chinese style of learning which encourages rote learning and memorization. To memorize or to discuss, that is the question, the question faced by nearly all Chinese university students who are displaced from their Chinese educational background into an American academic setting. It is much more than an issue of memorization or discussion; it is a matter of how one explores and interprets the world. An appropriate combination of the two will make an effective way of learning.

Descriptors: Memorization, Asian Culture, Learning Processes, Cultural Differences, Graduate Students, Student Attitudes, Cognitive Style, Group Discussion, Rote Learning, Foreign Students, Educational Background, Teaching Methods, Student Adjustment, Guidelines, Statistical Analysis, Foreign Countries

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Autor: Cheng, Baoyan


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