How to enable Asian teachers to empower students to adopt student-centred learning

Pham, Thi Hong Thanh and Renshaw, Peter (2013) How to enable Asian teachers to empower students to adopt student-centred learning. Australian Journal of Teacher Education, 38 11: 65-85.

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Author Pham, Thi Hong Thanh
Renshaw, Peter
Title How to enable Asian teachers to empower students to adopt student-centred learning
Journal name Australian Journal of Teacher Education
ISSN 1835-517X
Publication date 2013-11-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
Open Access Status File (Publisher version)
Volume 38
Issue 11
Start page 65
End page 85
Total pages 21
Place of publication Joondalup, WA, Australia
Publisher Edith Cowan University
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Asian teachers’ reluctance to empower students has been claimed to be an significant barrier preventing their students from practising student-centred learning. To promote student-centredness in Asian classrooms, this study aimed to develop strategies that could enable Asian teachers to delegate part of their authority to students. Twelve college teachers and six hundred and fifteen Vietnamese college students participated in this one-semester study. The results revealed that ‘artificial’ innovations such as forming group work and regularly questioning students in class did not mean empowering students in active learning. Students were only positioned and given opportunities to engage in proper student-centredness when Asian teachers were able to promote students’ complex knowledge, minimize individual instruction but maximize group supervision, employing formative assessment and adopting complimentary verbal behaviours. The study strongly suggested that reformers need to take teachers’ comments into consideration to design culturally appropriate strategies that could assist teachers to make real changes.
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