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Reflections on university teaching in China: A personal narrative inquiry

Li, Shuling and Shaw, Gregory (2015). Reflections on university teaching in China: A personal narrative inquiry. Learning Communities: International Journal of Learning in Social contexts,18(Special Issue: Narrative Inquiry):4-17.

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Title Reflections on university teaching in China: A personal narrative inquiry
Author Li, Shuling
Shaw, Gregory
Journal Name Learning Communities: International Journal of Learning in Social contexts
Publication Date 2015
Volume Number 18
Issue Number Special Issue: Narrative Inquiry
ISSN 1329-1440   (check CDU catalogue open catalogue search in new window)
Start Page 4
End Page 17
Total Pages 14
Place of Publication Darwin, NT, Australia
Publisher Social Partnerships in Learning Research Consortium - Learning Research Group, Charles Darwin University
HERDC Category C1 - Journal Article (DIISR)
Abstract University teaching academics who want to better understand and develop their teaching for improved student learning can often benefit from experiences in a completely different culture and setting. When university academics travel to another country and participate in teaching there they are often confronted with challenges to their assumptions and approaches to teaching. This paper explores through a narrative enquiry approach the cross-cultural experiences of two university lecturers; one from China and one from Australia. Through their stories here and their reflections on these and reflection on literature they examine their beliefs and practices, and through this try to better understand the assumptions that they hold and how to challenge these in order to be better teachers. The paper provides some other insights into teaching and learning practices within Australia and within China and in particular how the significant changes of higher education in China are both having impact on teachers and learners and are requiring changes of both teaching and learning approaches, Finally, in sharing these experiences the authors provide an opportunity for the reader to similarly engage in processes of personal reflection, and they open up the possibility for other dialogues in this Learning community.
Keywords University teaching and learning
Comparative education
Culture and learning
Narrative inquiry
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Additional Notes This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License 4.0, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
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