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Teacher's Culture Differences : Case studies from Brisbane, Changchun and Hong Kong

Lidstone, John & Lam, Chi Chung (2007) Teacher's Culture Differences : Case studies from Brisbane, Changchun and Hong Kong. Asia Pacific Education Review, 8(2), pp. 178-193.

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Abstract

The primary purpose of this exploratory study is to identify variations in the ways in which individual teachers in different educational contexts interpret their curriculum and plan their lessons and in particular to explore the possibility that cultural differences as identified by Hofstede (1991) may be a contributing factor to understanding how teachers understand their work.

“Educational reform” has become a catchphrase in the Anglo-American world, including the United States, Canada, Australia, and England and Wales, as well as in the Confucian Heritage Areas such as Mainland China, Singapore, Hong Kong, and Taiwan. Across the world, the educational reform measures being implemented are surprisingly similar. This paper describes a study of how geography teachers in Queensland, Australia, Hong Kong, and Changchun, China, plan their lessons and curriculum. From classroom observations and interviews with the teachers involved, we confirmed marked differences in each location regarding their cultural traits of power distance, individualist and collectivist preference and uncertainty tolerance, and that these traits appear to be highly influential in their curriculum planning. Despite the small scale of this study, we contend that there are good reasons for caution before national education systems import policies and curriculum reform initiatives from other countries for unthinking adoption.

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ID Code: 16838
Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: geographical education, social sciene education, teacher education, culture, cultural differences, Asia, Australia, John Lidstone
ISSN: 1598-1037
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2007 Education Research Institute, Seoul National University (Springer)
Copyright Statement: Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. The original publication is available at SpringerLink http://www.springerlink.com
Deposited On: 12 Dec 2008 08:47
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 23:39

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