ERIC Number: EJ923967
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 4
False Assumptions: The Challenges and Politics of Teaching in China
Getty, Laura J.
Teaching in Higher Education, v16 n3 p347-352 2011
Teachers in American study-abroad programs usually receive little, if any, training before the trip, because "teaching is teaching". The cultural differences between Chinese and American university classrooms, however, affect the students' ability to learn and the teacher's ability to teach in profound ways. Foreign teachers in China require at least a basic understanding of the educational, moral and political dimensions of their classrooms if they wish to maximize the learning potential of their Chinese students. Faculty teaching abroad should be prepared for the politics of their new university department, including management styles that can hamper efforts to acclimatize to the new setting.
Descriptors: Cultural Differences, Foreign Countries, Study Abroad, Politics of Education, Barriers, Foreign Culture, Foreign Workers, Cross Cultural Training, Cultural Awareness, Classroom Environment, Performance Factors
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Higher Education
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