Durkin, K., 2008. The Middle Way: East Asian masters students’ perceptions of critical argumentation in U.K. universities. Journal of Studies in International Education, 12 (1), pp. 38-55.
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The paper explores the learning experiences of East Asian masters students in dealing with Western academic norms of critical thinking in classroom debate and assignment writing. The research takes a cultural approach, and employs grounded theory and case study methodology, the aims being for students to explain their perceptions of their personal learning journeys. The data suggest that the majority of students interviewed rejected full academic acculturation into Western norms of argumentation. They instead opted for a ‘Middle Way’ that synergizes the traditional cultural academic values held by many East Asian students with those elements of Western academic norms that are perceived to be aligned with these. This is a relatively new area of research which represents a challenge for British lecturers and students.
|Uncontrolled Keywords:||critical thinking • East Asian • culture • academic adaptation • learning journey|
|Subjects:||Social Sciences > Education|
|Deposited By:||Dr Kathy Durkin LEFT|
|Deposited On:||28 Jun 2010 14:40|
|Last Modified:||07 Mar 2013 15:32|
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