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Researching Cultures of Learning
International Perspectives on Language Learning and Education
Edited by Martin Cortazzi and Lixian Jin
 
 
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02 Jan 2013
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This edited book is the first collection of research-based papers on cultures of learning, a concept which has been developed by the editors over 20 years. It assembles research with a considerable international range with a team of experts (working in USA, UK, Australia, New Zealand, China, Hong Kong, Japan, Finland, France, Iran, Lebanon, Kazakhstan, Malaysia and Thailand) with deep experience of the wide range of cultural contexts which are investigated, many related to 'home contexts' of the authors themselves.

The book includes a diversity of case studies of particular situations of language learning and use; it offers explorations of transcultural learning by students and teachers who cross languages and borders for study or work. All authors have long engagement with the cultural participants about whom they are writing. This book thus includes a range of orientations, viewpoints and critical stances on cultures of learning and prospective authors have been invited for their expertise, experience and insights in cultural contexts of learning in different countries.


Description

This edited book is the first collection of research-based papers on cultures of learning, a concept which has been developed by the editors over 20 years. It assembles research with a considerable international range with a team of experts (working in USA, UK, Australia, New Zealand, China, Hong Kong, Japan, Finland, France, Iran, Lebanon, Kazakhstan, Malaysia and Thailand) with deep experience of the wide range of cultural contexts which are investigated, many related to 'home contexts' of the authors themselves.

The book includes a diversity of case studies of particular situations of language learning and use; it offers explorations of transcultural learning by students and teachers who cross languages and borders for study or work. All authors have long engagement with the cultural participants about whom they are writing. This book thus includes a range of orientations, viewpoints and critical stances on cultures of learning and prospective authors have been invited for their expertise, experience and insights in cultural contexts of learning in different countries.


Contents

List of Figures
List of Tables
Appendices
Acknowledgements
Notes on Contributors
Introduction: Researching Cultures of Learning; M.Cortazzi & L.Jin
PART I: SOME ISSUES OF RESEARCH AND ITS APPLICATION
Cultures of Learning: an Evolving Concept and an Expanding Field; Y.Yuan & Q.Xie
Comparing Learning Characteristics in Chinese and Anglophone Cultures: Pitfalls and Insights; J.Ryan
PART II: EXPLORING CHANGES IN CULTURAL HERITAGES AND LEARNING
Understanding the Chinese Learners: From a Perspective of Confucianism; Junju, W.
Reforming Teacher Education in East Africa: the Importance of Socio-cultural Vontext; J.Abd-Kadir & F.Hardman
Changing Cultural Ways with Praise: a Distant Action Research Project in China; J.Wang & M.Cortazzi
Cultures of Learning in Academia: A Lebanese Case Study; N.Bacha & R.Bahous
Voices of the Reticent? Getting Inside Views of Vietnamese Secondary Students on Learning; D.Bao
Towards Transformative English Language Education: Evolving Glocalization in Textbooks used in Malaysia; H.Abdul Rahim & S.Abdul Manan
PART III: LEARNERS' PERCEPTIONS AND EXPECTATIONS OF TEACHERS
Kazakh Students' Perceptions of Good English Teachers: Multiple Heritages in a Culture of Learning; G.Makhanova & M.Cortazzi
'He or She?' Examining Cultural Influences on Iranian Language Learners' Perceptions of Teacher Efficacy; M.Nemati & S.Kaivanpanah
Poles Apart: Protocols of Expectations about Finnish and Thai Teachers; E.Berendt & M.Mattsson
Problematising the Culture of Learning English in Vietnam: Revisiting Teacher Identity; L.Thi Thu Huyen & P.Le Ha
PART IV: THE DYNAMICS OF SOCIALIZATION AND MOTIVATION IN CULTURES OF LEARNING
Cultural Models, Children's Beliefs, and Parental Socialization: European American and Chinese Learning; J.Li
Social Network Relations in Omani Students' Motivation to Learn English; S.Dadi & L.Jin
Demotivating Factors Affecting Iranian High School Students' English Learning; R.Sahragard & Z.Alimorad
Japanese EFL Learners' Remotivation Strategies; J.Falout, T.Murphey, T.Fukuda & M.Trovela


Authors

MARTIN CORTAZZI is a Visiting Professor in the Centre of Applied Linguistics at the University of Warwick, UK.

LIXIAN JIN is Chair Professor of Linguistics & Intercultural Learning and the Director of the Centre for Intercultural Research in Communication and Learning (CIRCL) at De Montfort University, UK. Martin and Lixian have been conducting joint research into cultures of learning and intercultural learning for over twenty years by using a variety of research methods including surveys, ethnography, narrative and metaphor analyses. Their research, with over 100 publications including Researching Chinese Learners published by Palgrave Macmillan, has been widely recognized by researchers and university teachers from the West and in East Asia.