Cultural context of school science teaching and learning in the People's Republic of China

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  • Lingbiao Gao

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    1. Institute of Curriculum Study & Teaching Materials Development, South China Normal University, Guangzhou, China
    Current affiliation:
    1. Department of Education, University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam, Hong Kong
    • Department of Education, University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam, Hong Kong
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Abstract

This article reviews the educational tradition and philosophy of Confucianism, the communist ideology, the psychological characteristics of the Chinese, and the Chinese language as the cultural context of school science teaching and learning in the People's Republic of China. It also discusses some of the cultural influences on the goals of school science courses, the pressure of examinations, the roles of teachers, teachers' conceptions and styles of teaching, students' approaches to learning, and their understanding of scientific terminology. © 1998 John Wiley & Sons, Inc. Sci Ed82:1–13, 1998.

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