Different regions, diverse classrooms? A study of primary classrooms in China

Carmel MCNAUGHT, Beatrice LOK, Hongbiao YIN, Chi Kin John LEE, Huan SONG

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Abstract

Classroom experience is shaped by a number of factors. In this paper, we report a classroom observation study in China, illustrating regional variation in students' classroom learning experiences. Through comparing and contrasting observed classroom practices in three different regions in China (Chongqing, Hong Kong and Shanghai), the paper provides an analysis of the variation in classroom learning experiences of primary school students in China. Our empirical classroom observation data illustrates some key differences in the pedagogy, the use of classroom activities, and the implementation of the curriculum between individual schools. More substantial differences in classroom practices are found when comparing schools from different regions than those within a given city, leading us to conclude that regional impacts on student experience appear to be more important than within-city factors such as the location of a school or its level of facilities. Copyright © 2013 National Institute of Education, Singapore.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)319-336
JournalAsia Pacific Journal of Education
Volume34
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014

Citation

McNaught, C., Lok, B., Yin, H., Lee, J. C.-K., & Song, H. (2014). Different regions, diverse classrooms? A study of primary classrooms in China. Asia Pacific Journal of Education, 34(3), 319-336.

Keywords

  • Primary classrooms
  • China
  • Classroom experience
  • Interactivity
  • Regional differences

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