23 Things for Research. Thing 11

Even Thing 11 only requires us to share one presentation/video, I would like to share three videos here.

FIRST: How to learn any language in six months | Chris Lonsdale | TEDxLingnanUniversity

I like the topic which really draws attentions to potential audience. It is also very specific, proposing ‘learning language in six months’. Even I am not a big fan of any exaggerate commercial slogan, the topic still fits current ‘public taste of the fast food lifestyle fashion’. I have not tried his way to learn another language, but his examples, his principles, and his ways of persuading audience really impress me and inspire me to have it a try.

SECOND: McDonalds serveren op een Foodbeurs?

If you do not understand Dutch, please remember to select the subtitles before watching. This video is becoming popular online these days. It is funny indeed. But you may also start growing doubts towards all ‘recognised experts’. Are they really that good? Do they really matter to you? There’s a Chinese saying: “人靠衣装,佛靠金装”, which means ‘the tailor makes the man, and the gold makes the Buddha’. First impressions may make our judgment. So anyway, McDonald’s or fancy restaurant, I still prefer my mum’s cooking. That’s never lie to me.

THIRD: 20140620 超级演说家2 北大才女吐露心声 唤醒90后的社会责任

This is a pure Chinese presentation. No English substitute. This TV show, 超级演说家 as translated as Super Speaker, is an original Chinese show for speech competition. It is similar to X Factor, but I think it is much more useful to raise individual voice and give storytelling. This video was presented by a second-year postgraduate student at Peking University. Her topic focused on the awakening of 1990s generation’s social responsibilities. I like her spirits, I like her attitudes towards to society and life. “…I am not here to adjust the society, instead, I am here to change the society……When you complain what is happening, and then you should remind yourself, you will definitely not do the same things that they are doing……Do not become those adults that we hate…”


23 Things for Research. Thing 10

I like blogs that not only sharing thoughts but also provoking others’ thoughts. I like bogs that stimulate a meaningful conversation between writer and readers. I am personally not fond of a simple comment, such as “I like your post/blog”, which actually means not much. Blogs, to me, as I posted before, is not fast food. Reading should an enjoyable process.

To accomplish Thing 10, I would like to reblog a post by Dialogical Discussions, and I also copy our little conversations here. I am doing a research related to this topic and just found the blog has brought a great discussion about a ‘modern student centred approach’. I hope you guys enjoy.


Though the teacher says this is student centred learning, the learning is very much still teacher centred.  When she asks a student for an answer she immediately moves on to either an activity or asks another question.  At the very least she could have responded to each student “when you said………..why do you think this?” or “when you said…….what is that you read that makes you say that?”   so they are justifying and explaining further their answer.  This means the respondent is having to work a lot harder and the other students are listening to a much more complex answer and gives them food for thought.  The conversation in the class remains at surface level as a result even though it appears to be at a deep and level.

More analysis to come….

Question – if the students had BYOD what web 2.0 apps could she have used when the students are writing on the whiteboard so that she had all the students participating?

Very interesting post. Thanks for that. I reckon that teacher’s role, especially in BYOD environment, has become more important as they need to clarify the ‘direction’ and the ‘path’ to the specific learning goals in multiple learning activities. They ensure students achieve certain expectations and become competent. But I also concern who should be responsible for setting the learning goals, and who should be responsible for designing the curriculum. About your doubts about the example, is it because that it is in front of the whole class but not at an individual level?

I personally think student-centred learning requires a dominant students inquiry initiatives, and it really depends on individuals. Informal learning (incl. self-directed learning and incidental learning), to me, might be a major form (or solution) of student-centred learning.

  1. Hey Jason, thanks for responding!! My critique of this post wasn’t so much about who is responsible for setting the goals or designing the curriculum but about the actual dialogue that takes place in this clip. I think she is not fostering a student led discussion because she does not respond well back to the students when they answer her. A student led discussion should have opportunity for students to have the opportunity to respond with depth and to respond to each other with questions. The teacher in this clip does not facilitate this discussion so that the students are directing it. I think there are a lot of misconceptions about what is ‘student led’ discussions. Student centered learning is a different concept again and one in which you are obviously an expert.

    1. Ohh, thx for your reply. It’s true that it can be a big debate tho. But your critique really inspires my thinking about defining two kinds of learning (student-centred or teacher-centred). Or maybe we should not separate them~ LOL. Have a nice weekend

23 Things for Research. Thing 8

Thing 8 is about professional social network. I believe I have already address this issue in my very first 23 Things blog when I was discussing the online identity. So I may not provide much details here. But I really think it is a good practice to expand the online social network in a professional way. I have used LinkedIn casually for over three years. To me at the moment, it seems to be more likely a professional magazine instead of other potential opportunities. I have not used Academia because I am still a provisional year student and have not had much research output to fill the profile. I will use it once I get the first paper published. Finger crossed.

Facebook is definitely not a good alternative choice for professional activities. I find public figures need it to maintain the public relations but as normal people, I still want some privacy. Yes, another online identity that shares silly and funny stuff.

East Asia top performers: what PISA really teaches us


John Jerrim

It is no secret that East Asian children excel at school. For instance, 78 percent of ethnic Chinese children obtain at least 5 A*-C GCSE grades, compared to a national average of just 60 percent. Yet, despite some very interesting qualitative work by Becky Francis, we still know very little about why this is the case.

I explore this issue in my new paper using PISA 2012 data from Australia. Just like their counterparts in the UK, Australian-born children of East Asian heritage do very well in school – particularly when it comes to maths. In fact, I show that they score an average of 605 points on the PISA 2012 maths test. This puts them more than two years ahead of the average child living in either England or Australia. They even outperform the average child in perennial top PISA performers like Singapore, Hong Kong…

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