The enigma of the Chinese learner

Cooper, B 2004, 'The enigma of the Chinese learner', Accounting Education, vol. 13, no. 3, pp. 289-310.


Document type: Journal Article
Collection: Journal Articles

Title The enigma of the Chinese learner
Author(s) Cooper, B
Year 2004
Journal name Accounting Education
Volume number 13
Issue number 3
Start page 289
End page 310
Total pages 22
Publisher Routledge
Abstract 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.
Subject Accounting Theory and Standards
DOI - identifier 10.1080/0963928042000273780
ISSN 0963-9284
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