Saturday, November 17, 2007

Contextualizing of Research

Westerners come here in droves, staying a short time, but trying to impart western philosophical norms on a society that either resists or is blatantly opposed (yet not openly) to the ideologies that they try to impart. Many times I hear teacher's complaining about the 'sounds of silence' within the classroom, when not realizing the difference in learning styles that our Japanese learners have.
Communicative teaching and learning is something that we learned about in Methodology...but when it comes to my classroom, in Asia, students find it quite a struggle to change to a learning style that is not introduced to them in elementary and junior/senior high school.
Japanese learners are very good at adapting to new ways of learning, but still have trouble with so called western ways of doing things. True, they are learning English, and with that comes not only language but cultural aspects, too. Yet, one must consider the influence of many years of socialization and learning of cultural norms, within the way one views these learners when it comes to educational research.
Yes, contextualizing of research seems to be quite relevant, especially for more localized studies...


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