Shaping Qualitative Researchers in the Asian Context

Conference: The Barcelona Conference on Education (BCE2022)
Title: Shaping Qualitative Researchers in the Asian Context
Stream: Higher Education
Presentation Type: Oral Presentation
Jingzi Huang, University of Northern Colorado, United States
Randy Larkins, University of Northern Colorado, United States


Teachers of international qualitative research should consider not only the details of what constitutes qualitative research, but the context of the researchers they are shaping and the region to which they are returning. In this chapter, we discuss the similarities and differences of conducting research in Asia that we have discovered through helping to shape these researchers. As a native Asian scholar coming to the US and a native US researcher teaching Asian students how to conduct qualitative research, our perspectives have joined to help us understand how to shape future researchers who will conduct research in the Asian context. Artifacts, observations, and language structural differences were key to helping us understand conceptual differences between Western and Oriental thought. Philosophical differences to consider include lecture versus hands-on pedagogies, respect for authority versus critical thinking using facts, data versus thought-driven logic, and the ethics of conducting research in areas not bound by Western dictates. The paper concludes by describing a bridge between teaching Western-style research and researching in the Asian context wherein novice Asian researchers can benefit by using newly discovered research techniques to help the world understand Asia in ways that were not possible before.

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