Personal interaction and informal learning: the case of China

Contreras, Giovanni and Siu, Kin Wai Michael (2015) Personal interaction and informal learning: the case of China. In: Mejiuni, Olutoyin, Cranton, Patricia and Táíwò, Olúfẹ́mi (eds.) Measuring and analyzing informal learning in the digital age. Information Science Reference, Hershey, PA, pp. 140-152. ISBN 9781466682658

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Although the importance of casual and spontaneous personal interaction in informal learning is generally well acknowledged, less is known about which world regions or countries have cultures of personal interaction that foster these characteristics. This information is important because without it policymakers struggle to select appropriate actions to improve learning and education. In this case study of China, the authors investigate the characteristics of personal interaction there and consider their effects on informal learning. They present a systematic reflection on the literature about the culture of personal interaction in China and how these interaction practices facilitate informal learning. China is strongly influenced by Confucianism, which with other cultural practices such as guanxi (??), shapes personal relations in unique ways that have important implications for informal learning. The authors hope that this analysis sets a precedent for future studies about China and other parts of the world.

Item Type: Book Section
Schools and Departments: School of Engineering and Informatics > Engineering and Design
Research Centres and Groups: Creative Technology
Depositing User: Giovanni Contreras
Date Deposited: 19 Dec 2017 15:31
Last Modified: 19 Dec 2017 15:31
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