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How students learn in East Asian cultures and how that learning may evolve in the future
East Asian cultures
Interdisciplinary studies
Sociocultural lens
Research and practice
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Gu, X., Wong, L. H., Chan, T. W., Shirouzu, H., Jeong, H., Crook, C., & Kong, S. C. (2016). How students learn in East Asian cultures and how that learning may evolve in the future. In C. K. Looi, J. Polman, U. Cress, & P. Reimann (Eds.). Transforming learning, empowering learners: The International Conference of the Learning Sciences(ICLS) 2016, Volume 1 (pp. 1350-1352). Singapore: International Society of the Learning Sciences.
This workshop focuses on how East Asian cultures furnish unique contexts for
education and learning in the region. We share and discuss ongoing research, observations,
and theory buildings with regard to the interdisciplinary research on the learning sciences,
with the unique context of the interplay of sociocultural, language, and political and historical
factors in East Asia. The guiding question is: How learning experiences are shaped by the
cultural contexts? In elaborating the uniqueness of the Eastern Asian cultural context, existing
studies show that the cultural beliefs, the native languages and bilingual contexts, virtual
adolescent social lives, have impacts on the teaching and learning. These studies and the
observations of those impacts initiate the introduction to the general theoretical synthesis of
Interest-Driven Creator (IDC) theory.
This half day workshop aims at reaching a consensus on the benefits of exploring
wisdom from East Asian cultures in transforming learning towards the cultivation of
interest-driven creativity. Our knowledge synthesis effort will entail a) a consolidation of
relevant research findings to date; b) a negotiation of understanding on the East Asian cultural
factors by invoking the broader perspectives of researchers from other cultural contexts; and c)
new research questions, methodologies and theoretical inputs to inform forthcoming studies
and practices on the topic. In particular, we aim at developing a conceptual paper beyond the
workshop to be submitted to a suitable journal, with the aim of triggering more cross-cultural
dialogues among international scholars on the captioned topic.
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