The LSU Top 5 #37

This is the 37th of our weekly links to the top 5 bits and pieces we’ve found from around the internet.

(Linking doesn’t mean we necessarily agree with these articles!)

Students practice reading at preparatory class for university entrance examsVietnam Net Bridge

This article reports on a class in Hanoi that had around 1000 students memorising, word for word, a ‘sample’ answer for the university entrance literature exam. It asks:

…can [students] gain knowledge from this class or they are just reading machines?

The video on this page wasn’t working for us, but a different version can be found on this Vietnamese language article.

Many of the comments here are defensive. Some argue that this is an effective way to learning. Others say that the class isn’t meant to be enjoyable, and that’s it’s just designed to help students get high marks – and that it’s a systematic problem with the type of assessment. One student wrote (translated here into English):

I am very disappointed to read this article because I did this class last year and passed the exam. Looking from the outside, it is just a class where students learn by heart, but if you look closer inside there must be something that makes the class so attractive.

The LSU’s own Dy wrote about this last September in her article Transitioning to university in Vietnam.

Link to the article

Link to the video

Link to Dy’s article

Graduate school chastises student for bribing professorTuoi Tre News

A student who organised a collection for his professor of 500 000 VND (US$24) from 44 of the 80 students in his philosophy class was formally warned after another student formally complained. The lecturer and other students at the Graduate Institute of the University of Economics in Ho Chi Minh City were not punished.

Dr Pham Thanh Tam, chief of the inspection office at the school, confirmed that the students got their money back, adding that Q. merely took precautions because he is a high-performing student.

“Students tend to worry about low scores and hope to have some privileges from their professors so sometimes they simply cross the red line,” Tam said.


Riot after Chinese teachers try to stop pupils cheating – The Telegraph

The title of this article sums it up nicely.

By late afternoon, the invigilators were trapped in a set of school offices, as groups of students pelted the windows with rocks. Outside, an angry mob of more than 2,000 people had gathered to vent its rage, smashing cars and chanting: “We want fairness. There is no fairness if you do not let us cheat.”


Monsters University – A Message From the DeanYouTube

Fancy a change of pace? Maybe apply for a position at Monsters University. Find out about applications here.

Link to Monsters University’s website

Link to the trailer

Down With Freedom!Inside Higher Ed

This article describes the main theme of the Guided Pathways to Success conference, which was that students are more likely to be successful in their studies if they are provided defined pathways of which courses they should take.

…much student attrition is due to them simply getting lost and wasting time and resources going down blind alleys.  If students can be provided much more direction, the argument goes, they’ll be likelier to get where they’re trying to go.


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One response to “The LSU Top 5 #37”

  1. Huy, Vuong Do Thanh says :

    In my opinion, the first link helps explain why students find plagiarism a very strange term in the first time enrolling in a Western-style university.

    We cannot blame the students, because of the way the exam paper is written and the way student’s answer is evaluated. The MOET is currently changing the way they ask questions in the exam paper, but concurrently they do not make equivalent changes to the way they judge the student’s answers, as well as teaching methods. Teaching methods are read-only because of insufficient privilleges set for the teachers, lecturers and educators in general. The insufficiency is caused by a series of broken dependencies in the education rules. We have a domino-effect. The system gets to a very unstable and…well, unusable state, I think, where things are just colliding with others and then, to keep the system from a fully crash, fail-safe mode kicks in and switches the system back to the previous methods of teaching, learning, examining and judging!

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