ERIC Number: EJ905767
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Dec
Abstractor: As Provided
Consequences of the Confucian Culture: High Achievement but Negative Psychological Attributes?
Ho, Irene T.; Hau, Kit-Tai
Learning and Individual Differences, v20 n6 p571-573 Dec 2010
In "Unforgiving Confucian culture: A breeding ground for high academic achievement, test anxiety and self-doubt?" Stankov (in press) provides three reasons for caution against over-glorifying the academic excellence of Confucian Asian learners, namely that it may lead to a reluctance to change their rote learning approach which is not conducive to the development of 21st Century skills, that it is achieved at the cost of students' psychological well-being, and that such achievements and the associated poor psychological well-being are spurred by an unforgiving mindset. The present commentary addresses these concerns, highlighting the need to be cautious about comparing and interpreting findings from cross-cultural studies.
Descriptors: High Achievement, Academic Achievement, Rote Learning, Psychological Patterns, Test Anxiety, Confucianism, Asians, Self Concept, Skill Development, Learning Strategies, Mental Health, Well Being
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