The LSU Top 5 #52

52! A year! Or it would be if we hadn’t missed a week, so it’s a year and a week of our top 5 bits and pieces about education from around the internet.

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

Asia’s parents suffering ‘education fever’BBC News

You can have too much of a good thing. This article covers the ways in which parents are perhaps putting too much pressure on students in a lot of Asian countries.

“It is not easy to dampen education fever. In South Korea as in other East Asian countries, “it is deeply embedded in the culture. It’s also based on reality that there is no alternative pathway to success or a good career other than a prestige degree, this was true 50 years ago, and it’s just as true today”.

“As long as that’s the case it’s actually rational for parents to spend so much and put so much pressure on their children,” said Prof Seth.


Three years of exams

This picture shows how many exams a Chinese student took in three years of high school.

If your Chinese is up to scratch, there’s a TV piece to go with it (link).


TMI From ProfessorsInside Higher Ed

Professors are sometimes advised to connect with their students to make them engaged in classes by telling self-deprecating jokes or sharing life stories. However, a recent study suggested that there should be limits to this teaching approach, with such informality reducing the perceived credibility of the teacher, leading to student behaviour that is less conducive to learning.


Students for hire in Vietnamese schoolsDan Tri International

Too busy to go to class, but want a degree? Pay someone 100,000VND (US$4.80) or less and they’ll pass you the notes.

Nguyen Hong Hanh, who works in the media sector, said, “I’m busy with work during the daytime and then my kids at night, yet I still need time to study for a second degree, so I need some help. I pay VND80,000 per class and additional fees for phone calls and lunches. I only come to class to take tests.”

Check out some requests and offers (in Vietnamese) for ‘class attending services’ on Facebook (link).


Beyond learning stylesThe Brilliant Report

The idea of learning styles isn’t as fashionable as it once was, having been quite thoroughly debunked.

While students do have preferences about how they learn, the evidence shows they absorb information just as well whether or not they encounter it in their preferred mode…All learners benefit when information is put forth in diverse ways that engage a multitude of the senses.  

This isn’t to say that things shouldn’t be mixed up a bit. The author encourages teachers to focus on the ‘universal learning style of the human mind’, where novelty and different learning approaches help everyone. She also suggests that teachers focus more on whether students are surface, strategic or deep learners rather than look at the traditional distinction of kinaesthetic, auditory or visual.


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