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ERIC Number: EJ1138121
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0790-8318
Deflating the "Confucian Heritage Culture" Thesis in Intercultural and Academic English Education
O'Dwyer, Shaun
Language, Culture and Curriculum, v30 n2 p198-211 2017
This paper develops an interdisciplinary critical perspective on the concept of "Confucian Heritage Cultures" (CHC), used in intercultural and English language teaching theory to explain the supposed culturally distinct learning habits, expectations and schemas many Asian students bring to academic classrooms in English-speaking countries. Drawing on political scientific, historical and philosophical research, it finds that the CHC thesis has little explanatory value; it does not take into account the effects of rapid social change in Asia, or the cultural diversity within and between contemporary Asian societies, and is often based on highly reductive, essentialist understandings of Confucian traditions themselves. Teachers are well advised to consider other explanations for their students' learning habits and expectations and for the challenges they face in academic English classrooms.
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Language: English
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