Post by Masayo Sakamoto on May 26, 2013 20:10:38 GMT
The most significant difference in UK academic culture from my own (Japan) may be “writer-responsible” or “reader responsible”, as stated in the Unite 4. In Japanese style writing, we do not use the connection phrases such as “with respect to” or “in addition” so often than in UK writing style, although these days Japanese academic culture have been influenced by and become close to English writing culture. Therefore, in Japanese style writing, readers have to think and assume what the writer wanted to say compared to Uk stayle writing.
In China, our students get used to "listening", which means we did not "have to" owe our personal ideas in s class, all we could do just seat down and listen from teachers. We are afraid of asking questions in front of the classmates, because it represents you might not pay attention to what did teacher say before.
In an opppsite way in British countries, asking questions is more meaningful than listening from teachers in class, if you did not have any questions in your academic study, you will either be a genius or an idiot. Only questions could help you to make a success.
In my opinion, it is the most striking point which needs to be noted is that we can quate from texts directly in Japan but, we have to paraphrase in the UK academic culture when we extract reference. Therefore, we do not need to take notes with the other words so much like the UK while we are reading.
Post by tinaqiuluhuang on Jun 8, 2013 23:05:45 GMT
'culture' is not easy to define. From my experience, when I was in my mother country I think the 'culture' is some different languages,customs among different areas or ethnics. But when I was in another country, I think the the most suitable things to explain the culture is some significant symbol of one country.
Post by Bua [Busakorn Prabnasak] on Jun 13, 2013 20:26:57 GMT
There are several differences of academic cultures between UK and Thailand. The most potential factor for these differences is religion. Most of Thai cultures are effected by religion. The reasons why I state that is because Thai academic cultures always have some parts related to religional formality. Not only in the formal ceremonies but local traditional and norms are also impacted from Buddhism concepts. In addition, Thai academic cultures give value to the seniority. The great responsibility always depends on the senior and we have to give respect to them and their decisions. While in the UK, the religion quite important but it is not always in a part of the academic cultures. Moreover, British academic cultures give value in human rights and personal performance more than seniority.
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