CHAPTER 8 Summary and Conclusions
The aims of this dissertation, as set out in Chapter 1, are as follows: 1 to explore relevant literature in order to offer a systematic analysis of the role of memorisation in (language) education in general and in relation to Chinese learners in particular; and 2 to report on a interview-based empirical study which investigates the Chinese beliefs and practices regarding text memorisation as a learning / teaching device by accessing individual voices of a group of learners and teachers. To be specifi c, the study was conducted with the following objectives in mind: 1 to further the understanding of the values of traditional Chinese education practices and Chinese perception of learning through the lens of text memorisation; 2 to provide a potential reinterpretation of the Confucian philosophy of learning and traditional language teaching practices in China in order to query to what extent they are relevant to modern language education; 3 to move beyond stereotyped and superfi cial interpretation of Chinese ways of learning by conducting in-depth interviews with a group of Chinese learners and teachers from different educational levels; 4 to offer heuristics that can yield guidance to domestic foreign language teachers as well as western-origin EFL / ESL teachers / researchers who are or will be working with Chinese learners in a intercultural communication contexts. In this concluding chapter, I will summarise what has been attempted and achieved as far as these goals are concerned, followed by discussions of peda- gogical implications and suggestions for future research....
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