'Student-centred' learning in Engelse openbare scholen versus more 'teacher-led' in China en in Engelse privé-scholen
Chinese leerkracht met leservaring in Engelse 'student-centred' openbare scholen vergelijkt met 'more-teacher-led onderwijs in China en in Engelse privé-scholen en pleit voor teacher-led en discipline
"It is said that the Chinese way of teaching is authoritarian and formal: the teacher stands in front of a class and explains the textbook, and students sit and listen. In Britain, note-taking from the board or textbooks, listening to teachers explanations, and sitting down quietly to label diagrams are seen as boring, passive and disengaged, whereas learning by doing and making students learning experience fun are the core of a student-centred teaching approach.
I believe, however, that assessing for learning progression every five minutes (wegens gebrek aan discipline) has turned teachers into performers on the teaching stage. Unlike state UK-schools where student-centred learning is the core practice of everyday teaching and learning, UK- private schools seem to be more teacher-led, using a student-centred strategy to back it up. This kind of teaching approach, which I was accustomed to in China, is very similar to that of most Chinese schools. A typical Chinese school is run this way, where teachers deliver knowledge to students who are motivated, committed and respectful.
Chinese students work on display was breathtaking, putting British students effort and standard of work to shame. Every piece of work I saw was perfect with high standards, demonstrating the high level of students concentration, and the great deal of effort and commitment they put in.I could see that students took a great deal of pride of their school and their achievement was incredibly impressive. What I have experienced was that students take initiatives in learning; they take their academic achievements in their own hands and they are fully committed to their studies. Chinese teachers are facilitators in a truly meaningful sense, supporting and advising students as they work towards their goals.
British mainstream schools, on the other hand, have some lessons to learn. Frequent changes to education policy can create disorder and confusion among both teachers and students, which adds to ever more misunderstanding and disruption. The lack of stability and a sense of insecurity hinder the standard of teaching and learning. Basic equations of calculations in science, which are provided on the additional information sheet in exam papers, are required to be memorized by heart in Chinese schools. Calculators are often used for simple calculations, which was a surprise to me during the early years of my teaching career in Britain.
It is said that British students in elite schools and independent schools study just as hard as Chinese students. The teaching style tends to be more teacher-led and students work long hours after schools to consolidate their learning. They also take their study in their own hands and do not rely on their teachers Assessment for Learning every five minutes during lessons.
It is reported that students who are used to the learning through doing approach tend to leave universities without degrees or drop out of university after a year. This fact indicates that a student-centred learning style does not equip them well enough for higher education. Note-taking from lectures and independent research is not what they are accustomed to. They end up having a bit of university experience without succeeding in it.
The social consequence of this is that working class students, who are mostly in state schools, remain within their class level, whereas middle and upper class maintain their heritage and social status.State schools in UK only provide the general public with a minimum education service, which fail students in many ways including the appropriate attitude, respect and academic strength to compete both nationally and worldwide."