But another challenge that rarely gets attention is the philosophical and practical differences in the educational system. These cultural differences may ultimately influence behavior in the workplace.
One of our clients shed some light on what he has observed between his education in China and his experiences at Northeastern University in Boston.
- Classes are primarily straight lectures.
- There is no concept of “office hours”
- Students do not ask questions or comment
- Students sit quietly, take copious notes and memorize the material
- Tests focus on what students memorized
- Classes are typically 50-minutes
- Students must seek permission
- Classes are more discussion oriented.
- Students have regular access to professors for questions, conversations
- Students are encouraged to ask questions and make comments
Students are expected to contribute to the lesson and interpret the material
- Tests focus on making sure students have learned the material and have comprehended and processed what
was taught. Test formats vary and include take-home, open book, and essay formats
- Classes are typically 60-90 minutes
- Students have freedom to leave the room without permission to get water, make a phone call, use the bathroom
- More relaxed atmosphere, jokes and saracasm is acceptable
- Independent thoughts are encouraged