An Explorative Study of How the Chinese Students Express Their Opinions in Taiwanese Classrooms (75812)

Session Information: International Education
Session Chair: Yu-Li Wang

Thursday, 23 November 2023 10:15
Session: Session 1
Room: Room 603
Presentation Type: Oral Presentation

All presentation times are UTC + 9 (Asia/Tokyo)

Due to the different historical and political claims of sovereignty, the cross-strait relationship between Taiwan and mainland China remained tense from time to time. The political climate had been extreme hostile when Xi, Jinping and Tsai, Ing-wen took the leaderships.
Taiwanese government opened the policy for mainland Chinese students to pursue University degrees starting from 2011 and terminating around 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This study aimed to explore the influential factors of the willingness to express opinions upon mainland Chinese students in Taiwanese classrooms.
The “in-depth interviews “method was employed, sixteen university degree students from the field of education, arts and humanity, social science, journalism, business and management, and law were interviewed from March. 28, 2022, to September 30, 2022. The courses from the above fields often designed with the social issue discussions, sometimes the agenda could be sensitive for the Chinese students.
The results showed that the cross-cultural sensitivity and perceived risk would affect the judgement of the willingness to express opinions. The other factors that affected the expression of opinions in the classroom include: the familiarity or interest of the social issues, existing the factual errors regarding China during the discussion, risk assessment of speaking, professor's stand and tolerance toward the issues, trust between teachers and students, the classroom atmosphere and finally, the peer trust.

Yu-Li Wang, Chinese Culture University, Taiwan

About the Presenter(s)
Yu-Li Wang is Professor of Mass Communication Department at Chinese Culture University, Taiwan. Her research interests focus on the news professionalism, the mass media studies of mainland China and educational interactions between Taiwan and China.

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