Cultural Differences in Educational Practices: The Case of a Korean Graduate Student

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Gürel, Nazmiye (2011)
  • Publisher: Hacettepe University
  • Journal: (issn: 1305-578X, eissn: 1305-578X)
  • Subject: P | Education (General) | Cultural differences | L7-991 | Language and Literature | Philology. Linguistics | P1-1091 | Classroom activities | Educational practices
    mesheuropmc: education

Cultural differences in educational practices can be regarded as one of the major causes of struggle and failure. If these practices take place in foreign language settings where the medium of communication is carried out solely in the foreign language, the severity of the struggle on the part of the students rises significantly. In this study, cultural differences in educational practices are examined through the experiences of a Korean graduate student who studies in a north-eastern American university. The data is collected through in-depth face-to-face interviews which yielded to significant implications. Classroom activities, power relations, and expectations are presented through cultural lenses and how the differences in cultures affect the success of a foreign student are presented.
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