Alternative explanations for the Confucian Asian high performance and high self doubt paradox: Commentary on “Unforgiving Confucian culture: A breeding ground for high academic achievement, test anxiety and self-doubt?” by Lazar Stankov

Magdalena Mo Ching MOK

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Abstract

This commentary reflects upon Lazar Stankov's thesis which regards “unforgiving nature of Confucian Asian societies” as the driving force underpinning academic success of students from these societies. The commentary considers theoretical perspectives put forward by Jian Wang and Emily Lin (2008), and by Chiu and Klassen (2010) as two alternative frameworks for explaining the paradox of high academic performance and high self-doubt at large scale international assessments among Confucian Asian Societies. Whilst acknowledging contributions from the systematic logical deduction of Stankov's article, the commentary proposes the use of Generalised Graded Unfolding Model as an alternative analytical tool for the data.
Copyright © 2010 Elsevier.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)564-566
JournalLearning and Individual Differences
Volume20
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2010

Citation

Mok, M. M. C. (2010). Alternative explanations for the Confucian Asian high performance and high self doubt paradox: Commentary on “Unforgiving Confucian culture: A breeding ground for high academic achievement, test anxiety and self-doubt?” by Lazar Stankov. Learning and Individual Differences, 20(6), 564-566.

Keywords

  • Confucian Asian countries
  • Unforgiveness
  • Academic achievement
  • Self-doubt
  • International assessment

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