Revisiting The Chinese Learner

Changing Contexts, Changing Education

  • Carol K.K. Chan
  • Nirmala Rao

Part of the CERC Studies in Comparative Education book series (CERC, volume 25)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
  3. Student Beliefs and Approaches to Learning

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 34-34
    2. Nancy W. Y. Law, Allan H. K. Yuen, Carol K. K. Chan, Johnny K. L. Yuen, Nicol F. C. Pan, Ming Lai et al.
      Pages 89-129
  4. Teacher Beliefs, Changing Pedagogy and Teacher Learning

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 132-132
    2. Ference Marton, EDB Chinese Language Research Team
      Pages 133-167
    3. Linda Siegel, Ellen Knell, Miao Pei, Haiyan Qiang, Wei Zhao, Lin Zhao
      Pages 233-254
    4. Amy B. M. Tsui, Jocelyn L. N. Wong
      Pages 281-311
  5. Conclusion

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 314-314

About this book


This book examines teaching and learning in Chinese societies and advances understanding of ‘the Chinese learner’ in changing global contexts. Given the burgeoning research in this area, pedagogical shifts from knowledge transmission to knowledge construction to knowledge creation, wide-ranging social, economic and technological advances, and changes in educational policy, Revisiting the Chinese Learner is a timely endeavor.

The book revisits the paradox of the Chinese learner against the background of these educational changes; considers how Chinese cultural beliefs and contemporary change influence learning; and examines how Chinese teachers and learners respond to new educational goals, interweaving new and old beliefs and practices. Contributors focus on both continuity and change in analyzing student learning, pedagogical practice, teacher learning and professional development in Chinese societies. Key emerging themes emphasize transcending dichotomies and transforming pedagogy in understanding and teaching Chinese learners. The book has implications for theories of learning, development and educational innovation and will therefore be of interest to scholars and educators around the world who are changing education in their changing contexts.


Chinese learners Chinese teachers Confucian-heritage cultures Educational Reform Pedagogy education mathematics

Editors and affiliations

  • Carol K.K. Chan
    • 1
  • Nirmala Rao
    • 2
  1. 1.Fac. EducationUniversity of Hong KongHong KongHong Kong SAR
  2. 2.Fac. EducationUniversity of Hong KongHong KongHong Kong SAR

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