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Eastern Vs. Western Instructional Methodologies

November 13, 2012

The article, “Struggle for Smarts? How Eastern And Western Cultures Tackle Learning” by Alix Spigel presents an interesting look at Eastern vs. Western instructional methodologies (see the link below). Spigle suggests the Eastern culture believes learning to struggle is good for development and they are comfortable with that methodology, whereas Americans view struggle as an intellectual weakness and proceed with a level of acceptance regarding that child’s inability.

Read through to the end of the article and you will see a discussion suggesting one method is not better than the other. The grass is always greener on the other side. Where Western cultures are concerned about increasing math and science capabilities, the Eastern cultures are concerned about creativity.

In my experiences as an Instructor, I tend to push my students not just to identify the triggers of their hurdles, but to leap, jump, and persist at getting over that hurdle instead of giving in to cultural ADD by avoiding this hurdle and running to the next.  I share their joy and relish in their new found confidence when they focus, reach new goals, and accomplish tasks they never thought possible. Although some students dislike being held to high expectations, many truly appreciate the end result!

What are your experiences? We’d love to hear them!

http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2012/11/12/164793058/struggle-for-smarts-how-eastern-and-western-cultures-tackle-learning

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