Adult Learning Styles of Modern Chinese Educational Learners: Challenging the Stereotype

Leah Moore, Ting Wang

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    Abstract

    A significant teaching challenge in China is dealing with misconceptions about the learning styles of Chinese students. We found that one of the principal reasons students enrol is to be exposed to non-Chinese ideas and concepts and to engage with alternative approaches to communication and adult learning. Students answered questions about their preferred learning styles, they self-assessed their Gardner' multiple intelligence profiles and identified whether they were more dominantly visual, auditory or kinaesthetic learners. Linking this information with in-class observations we found that more than 70% of the cohort had profiles that were similar to the patterns observed for Australian cohorts. However, while visual-auditory, mathematical and interpersonal intelligences were dominant as expected, many identified music or spatial intelligences in the second ranked position. When we look more closely at the cohort we find that these individuals are educational leaders who are already introducing innovation and consultative practice in their workplaces. They have come to the program for inspiration, ideas for implementation and a conceptual argument to support the choices they make. The combination of capacity to deal with issues presented in a direct manner, but also bring creativity to decision-making, as illustrated in the findings, is desirable in modern educational leaders.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationAARE 2007 International Educational Research Conference - Fremantle
    EditorsPeter L Jeffery
    Place of PublicationAustralia
    PublisherAustralian Association for Research in Education
    Pages1-16
    Number of pages16
    Publication statusPublished - 2008
    EventAARE 2007 International Education Research Conference: Research Impacts: Proving or Improving? - Fremantle, Australia
    Duration: 25 Nov 200729 Nov 2007

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    NameAARE conference proceedings
    PublisherAustralian Association for Research in Education
    ISSN (Electronic)1324-9320

    Conference

    ConferenceAARE 2007 International Education Research Conference: Research Impacts: Proving or Improving?
    CountryAustralia
    CityFremantle
    Period25/11/0729/11/07

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    Moore, L., & Wang, T. (2008). Adult Learning Styles of Modern Chinese Educational Learners: Challenging the Stereotype. In P. L. Jeffery (Ed.), AARE 2007 International Educational Research Conference - Fremantle (pp. 1-16). (AARE conference proceedings). Australia: Australian Association for Research in Education.
    Moore, Leah ; Wang, Ting. / Adult Learning Styles of Modern Chinese Educational Learners: Challenging the Stereotype. AARE 2007 International Educational Research Conference - Fremantle. editor / Peter L Jeffery. Australia : Australian Association for Research in Education, 2008. pp. 1-16 (AARE conference proceedings).
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