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TitleResearching cultures of learning : international perspectives on language learning and education
Author edited by, Martin Cortazzi, Lixian Jin
Imprint New York : Palgrave MacMillian, 2013
Descript xix, 355 p. : ill., charts ; 23 cm

SUMMARY

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 trans cultural 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. -- From back cover


CONTENT

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


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