PROFILE OF THE CHINESE STUDENTS' LEARNING AND MOTIVATIONAL ORIENTATION
Salili, F., University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
There is now considerable research evidence to suggest that sociocultural and contextual factors shape students' motivation and learning styles. We know, for example, that different cultures attach different meanings to achievement and, depending on the culture and contexts of learning, achievement behavior is manifested in different ways and for different reasons. In this paper we will report some of the findings from our cross- cultural research on learning and motivation characteristics of the Chinese students compared to their western counterparts. Some of these studies compared achievement orientation of the Chinese with expatriates of Western origin in Hong Kong and others compared Hong Kong Chinese, Canadian Chinese and Canadians of West European background.