The Adaptation of East Asian Masters Students to Western Norms of Critical Thinking and Argumentation in the U.K.

Durkin, K., 2008. The Adaptation of East Asian Masters Students to Western Norms of Critical Thinking and Argumentation in the U.K. Intercultural Education, 19 (1), pp. 15-27.

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DOI: 10.1080/14675980701852228

Abstract

The paper explores the adaptation experiences of East Asian masters students in the U.K. in dealing with Western academic norms of critical thinking and debate. Through in-depth interviewing, students’ perceptions of their learning experiences were explored, and stages in this adaptation process were identified, with various entry and exit routes. It was found that the majority of the students opt for a ‘Middle Way’ which synergises their own cultural approach to critical thinking with those aspects of Western style critical thinking and debate that are culturally acceptable to them.

Item Type:Article
ISSN:1467-5986
Uncontrolled Keywords: adaptation; Asian; critical thinking; cross cultural; higher education
Subjects:Social Sciences > Education
Group:Media School
ID Code:15352
Deposited By:Dr Kathy Durkin LEFT
Deposited On:28 Jun 2010 15:09
Last Modified:07 Mar 2013 15:32

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