June 19, 2014 by

When West Really Meets East—What Educators from the U.S. and China learn from each other

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We know that classroom culture varies among schools throughout the nation, but how does it differ from other parts of the world, such as China? While some U.S. educators are captivated by Chinese students’ high assessment scores, educators in China seem to have a strong appreciation for the way U.S. teachers can foster innovation and creativity in their students.

So the big question here is, when it comes to culture, what can teachers in China learn from their counterparts in the United States and vice versa?

In ASCD’s latest book, West Meets East: Best Practices from Expert Teachers in the U.S. and China, Leslie Grant and a team of education researchers in the United States and China share cultural differences and similarities among successful educators and highlight practical solutions from two sides of the world.

The following are some key differences and similarities highlighted in the book:

  • Teachers in China view teaching as a personal responsibility to their children’s families, whereas U.S. teachers focus on developing the student’s potential.
  • Student interaction is common in U.S. classrooms, whereas lectures and individual student work is more common in China.
  • Teachers in both countries work to build positive and productive relationships with their students.

Check out the infographic below with eight inspiring quotes from expert teachers in the U.S. and China.

Want to read more? You can read the book’s introduction here or pick up a copy in print or e-book format in the ASCD Online Store.