The enigma of the Chinese learner

Cooper, Barry J. 2004, The enigma of the Chinese learner, Accounting education, vol. 13, no. 3, pp. 289-310.

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Title The enigma of the Chinese learner
Author(s) Cooper, Barry J.
Journal name Accounting education
Volume number 13
Issue number 3
Start page 289
End page 310
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication London, England
Publication date 2004-09
ISSN 0963-9284
1468-4489
Keyword(s) surface approaches
rote-learning
memorization with understanding
accountancy students
academic performance
Chinese enigma
Summary Although increasingly challenged in the higher education literature in recent years, there is still a common perception among teachers of the stereotypical Chinese rote learner. This perception, however, lies uncomfortably with the paradox that Chinese learners nevertheless often excel in their studies, in comparison with their Western counterparts. This comparative study of Chinese and Australian accountancy students provides evidence that, while surface approaches to learning can be associated with mechanical rote learning, the Chinese tradition of memorization through repetition can be used to deepen understanding and achieve high levels of academic performance. In recognizing this phenomenon, the enigma of the Chinese learner is better understood.
Language eng
Field of Research 150399 Business and Management not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2004, Taylor & Francis Ltd
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30021914

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Accounting, Economics and Finance
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