ERIC Number: EJ812805
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Aug
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Reference Count: 44
Is There a Geography of Thought for East-West Differences? Why or Why Not?
Chan, Ho Mun; Yan, Hektor K. T.
Educational Philosophy and Theory, v39 n4 p383-403 Aug 2007
Richard Nisbett's "The Geography of Thought" is one of several recent works that have highlighted purported differences in thinking patterns between East Asians and Westerners on the basis of empirical research. This has implications for teaching and for other issues such as cultural integration. Based on a framework consisting of three distinct notions of rationality, this paper argues that some of the differences alleged by Nisbett are either not real or exaggerated, and that his geography of thought fails to provide an adequate account of thinking styles across cultures. The paper concludes with a discussion of the implications for teaching and learning critical thinking that can be drawn from the framework developed.
Descriptors: Western Civilization, Non Western Civilization, Critical Thinking, Pattern Recognition, Thinking Skills, Observation, Research, Cognitive Style, Cultural Differences, Geographic Location
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