Journal of Education & Social Policy

ISSN 2375-0782 (Print) 2375-0790 (Online)

Understanding Asian Students Learning Styles, Cultural Influence and Learning Strategies
LOH, Chee Yen Raymond; Dr. TEO, Teck Choon

Abstract
The role play by culture in influencing students in their learning cannot be underestimated. Various academics have concluded that Chinese and/ or Asian students tend to be passive learners. They seldom participate in class discussions. In an attempt to help students in their learning, it is necessary to provide a greater into the insight of why students behave in a certain way. By doing so we would open the doors to bridge the gap in students’ learning. A survey was conducted for 80 students in a local private education institution. The results do seem to suggest the influence of culture on learning. Cultures are subjected to changes particular if students have been away for some time from their home country. Their home culture would have diluted. The results from a questionnaire survey of 80 students, however, revealed findings that seem to differ from the conventional perspective. Students are less hesitant to ask questions in class, open to small group learning and choices of course of students due to their own choice and career rather than parents’ influence.

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