Cultural Foundations of Learning: East and West Paperback by Jin Li

By Jin Li

Western and East Asian humans carry essentially various ideals approximately studying that effect how they procedure baby rearing and schooling. Reviewing a long time of study, Dr. Jin Li provides a tremendous conceptual contrast among the Western brain version and the East Asian advantage version of studying. the previous goals to domesticate the brain to appreciate the realm, while the latter prioritizes the self to be perfected morally and socially. Tracing the cultural origins of the 2 huge highbrow traditions, Li information how each one version manifests itself within the psychology of the educational approach, studying impact, regard of one's studying friends, expression of what one is familiar with, and oldsters' guiding efforts. regardless of latest sped up cultural trade, those studying versions don't minimize yet suffer. [C:\Users\Microsoft\Documents\Calibre Library]

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Humanity, especially in the West, was slow to accomplish this latter goal during the irst several millennia. In time, human knowledge, particularly scientiic knowledge, has been used to eliminate deadly diseases, improve health, reduce hunger, provide shelter to large populations, increase eiciency in productivity, generate wealth, and enhance convenience of life in just about every possible way. hese achievements notwithstanding, the last two centuries have witnessed unprecedented and ruthless human exploitation of nature.

A good learner is expected to display his or her intrinsic interest in the world at large on the one hand and to use his or her mind to inquire and to discover on the other. he learner should have what heodore Sizer calls a “habit of mind”38 to ponder about essentials of the world, to observe, to ask questions, to argue and debate about issues, to challenge existing canons of knowledge and authority (both teachers and experts), and to selfexpress. he fourth characteristic of the learner is to understand and to master the world as the ultimate goal of learning.

2. 21 3. Mind is the highest human faculty that enables this inquiry. 4. Reason (not heart) is the process by which we know the world. 5. Learning privileges those who have superior ability. 6. he individual is the sole entity for inquiring, discovery, and ultimate triumph. Juxtaposing these two learning traditions, the reason for the diiculties my mother, my college peers, and I had about the Faustian Bargain revealed itself: Learning and knowledge in the Confucian world are deined fundamentally diferently.

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