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High school students want class act overseas|Society|chinadaily.com.cn

High school students want class act overseas|Society|chinadaily.com.cn | Creativity and learning | Scoop.it
A growing number of high school students are opting for university preparatory schools overseas, specialists said ahead of major education expo.
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The smell of opportunity is in the air!

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Luring Back the Chinese Who Study Abroad - Room for Debate

Luring Back the Chinese Who Study Abroad - Room for Debate | Creativity and learning | Scoop.it
If China wants to bring back the best, it needs a fundamental reform of its academic and scientific institutions. By David Zweig.
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The article explores the phenomenon that most Chinese students who go abroad to gain a foreign higher and post-graduate education never return to China. It would appear that it's a situation the Chinese governement is looking to reverse.

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Can American Universities Teach Chinese Students Creativity? | Business Beyond the Reef

Can American Universities Teach Chinese Students Creativity? | Business Beyond the Reef | Creativity and learning | Scoop.it

There’s big money being made in China now and middle / upper class families are falling over themselves to give their children the absolute best educations. (Chinese families save vigorously for many years for two things: educations for their children, and to care for their parents during retirement). Naturally, U.S. universities have carved out plenty of space to help satisfy this growing demand, sometimes though to their own detriment.

 

Don’t think for a minute universities are beyond overlooking a few entrance requirements to bring in the big spenders. It’s nothing as blatant as accepting Chinese students who score very poorly on the test scores, but more of knowingly accommodating Chinese students who have always learned by rote memory, and in some cases find it impossible to make decisions for themselves (you see problems in the China workplace stemming from rote-learning mentality– needing managers to tell them exactly what to do).

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China Daily: Teaching students to think creatively

This is an old article (Dec 2010) but it's highly relevant for anyone involved (as Iam) in the education of Chinese students at graduate and post graduate level.

 

According to the editorial, the survey confirmed what Chinese parents know, that their children rarely are challenged to use their imaginations to solve problems.

Undoubtedly, teaching students to think creatively is important. A July Newsweek Magazine article entitled "The Creativity Crisis," concluded that the "necessity of human ingenuity is undisputed." The Magazine cited a recent IBM poll of 1,500 CEOs which identified creativity as the No. 1 "leadership competency" of the future.

 

MF President Theodora Kalikow said the question Chinese educators most often asked her last month on a visit to Beijing was, "How do you teach creativity?". Without providing specifics, President Kalikow hinted that American educators could teach Chinese professors a great deal about the subject.

Other recent reports suggest that China has already begun to teach creativity. The "Newsweek Magazine" story featured an exchange between Jonathan Plucker of Indiana University and colleagues at Chinese universities.

 

When Plucker was asked to identify trends in American education, he described America's focus on standardized curriculum, rote memorization, and nationalized testing. The Chinese professors laughed. "They said, ‘You're racing toward our old model. But we're racing toward your model, as fast as we can.'"

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Cultural history holds back Chinese research : Nature News & Comment

Cultural history holds back Chinese research

Confucius and Zhuang have produced a culture in China that values isolation and inhibits curiosity. Neither is good for science, says Peng Gong.

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East Asia universities 'gain ground'

East Asia universities 'gain ground' | Creativity and learning | Scoop.it
Universities in East Asia are gaining ground on their western counterparts, according to the latest university rankings.
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EU universities’ entry models for the Chinese education market

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With the changes taking place for many EU universities internationalisation has become the top priority on their agendas and they are interested in finding opportunities how to achieve their internationalisation goals and make use of the possibilities internationalisation has to offer. To achieve these goals universities often set their focus on emerging markets in Asia and in particular China. Universities see great potential in the Chinese education market because of its size and the growth potential.


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Innovating China: Education(Creativity)=Innovation | ChinAnalyst

Innovating China: Education(Creativity)=Innovation | ChinAnalyst | Creativity and learning | Scoop.it

Why is China’s economy growing so much faster than its ‘intellectual footprint’? Shouldn’t the success of the world’s second largest economy be built as much on its ideas as its exports?

 

Many diagnose this problem by pointing to creativity. But after having spent some time looking at this issue through a few different lenses, it’s increasingly apparent that Chinese entrepreneurs aren’t lacking in creativity and resourcefulness. Instead, many signs seem to suggest that it’s two broad areas that stifle or act as a disincentive for innovation:

1) the burden of having gone through the Chinese school system, and

2) the many systemic barriers to business innovation inherent in the Chinese economy.

 

Fortunately, the former is not insurmountable.

Education and teachers in general have an immense impact on our lives. They can either encourage our innate curiosity and equip us with the tools to grow and adapt in a dynamic world or they can harm our self confidence and burden us with reticence and inadequacy.

An unfortunate reality of modern China is its education system, particularly K-12. I never cease to be amazed by how deleterious an affect that its test-focused, high pressure methodology has on the development of student’s intellectual curiosity—a foundation for critical thought and adaptability.

 

There is very little room for practicum, there is very little tolerance for divergent thinking and incisive inquiry, and there is absolute focus on quantity, memorization, and competition. The needs of the individual student are lost—almost intentionally—in a rat race of exams, pressure, and weekend tutoring.

 

Changes are underway.

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U.S. Education in Chinese Lockstep? Bad Move. - Commentary - The Chronicle of Higher Education

U.S. Education in Chinese Lockstep? Bad Move. - Commentary - The Chronicle of Higher Education | Creativity and learning | Scoop.it

The education systems in China and the United States not only are headed in opposite directions, but are aiming at exactly what the other system is trying to give up.

In the United States, through programs such as No Child Left Behind and Race to the Top, as well as calls for more standardization and accountability in higher education, we are embracing the sort of regimented, uniform, standards-based, and test-driven education that has dominated Asian education systems for thousands of years.

What seems to be underappreciated in this country is how actively the Asian systems are trying to embrace the values and outcomes that we appear to be so willing to abandon: specifically, the American penchant for promoting creativity, individualism, innovation, and nonconformity. In other words, for developing and nurturing the diverse talent that can result from an ethos of coloring outside the lines.

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The Landscape of User Experience Design in Asia, by Daniel Szuc and Josephine Wong - Core77

The Landscape of User Experience Design in Asia, by Daniel Szuc and Josephine Wong - Core77 | Creativity and learning | Scoop.it
Industrial Design content and community site - articles, discussions, interviews and resources.

When we started pitching the importance of related disciplines like usability and user centered design 10+ years ago in Hong Kong and in mainland China, there was little interest or understanding of what the terms meant, how they could be applied in product design and development, or how it could help the business make better products and services. Fast forward to 2011 and we are seeing encouraging trends and indicators in the Asian market to show that User Experience is healthy, growing and will continue to do well for many years to come.

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