Understanding the Chinese learner: a case study exploration of the notion of the Hong Kong Chinese learner as a rote or strategic learner

NIELD, K. (2007). Understanding the Chinese learner: a case study exploration of the notion of the Hong Kong Chinese learner as a rote or strategic learner. Journal of hospitality, leisure, sport and tourism education, 6 (1), 39-48.

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Abstract

The purpose of this paper is to examine and evaluate the widely held notion that Chinese learners are rote learners. The paper commences by examining the theory of deep and surface learners, and the arguments for and against the notion of the Chinese learner as a rote learner, and in doing so considers the "paradox of the Chinese learner". Through the use of a case study undertaken in Hong Kong, it then moves on to investigate the claim that Chinese learners learn by rote. The paper concludes that the findings of the case study offer little support for the notion that Chinese students learn by rote with the intention of merely regurgitating notes. Instead there is some evidence to suggest that Chinese students may adopt a more strategic approach to their learning.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Chinese learners, rote learning, strategic learning, achieving strategies
Research Institute, Centre or Group: Centre for Tourism, Hospitality and Events Research
Centre for Pedagogic Research and Innovation
Depositing User: Ann Betterton
Date Deposited: 21 Apr 2008
Last Modified: 21 Feb 2012 15:33
URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/863

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